The SLUH Jr. Bills opened the 2015 season with a win Friday Night over the Hillsboro Hawks, 49-14. The Bills got the scoring going early after taking the opening kickoff and marching down the field for a touchdown. The drive was capped off by a six yard rushing touchdown by Andrew Clair. The SLUH Junior rushed for a game high 128 yards and found the end zone three times (6, 4 and 47) all coming in the first half. “I think there was a lot of positives,” said Jr. Bills Offensive Coordinator Rob Chura when talking about his offensive unit. ”We have had plenty of week ones where we come out and there are several things that we have had to work on, but this isn’t one of those situations where we have to change things wholesale. We are pretty happy with the result, said Chura.”
Despite giving up over 200 yards on the ground the Jr. Bills defense got progressively better as the game went on. Hillsboro (0-1) marched 75-yards on their opening drive with running back Trey Terry finding the end zone from three yards out. Terry, who rushed for over 100 yards scored twice. The second not coming until the final minute of the game. Field position played a big factor into Hillsboro’s struggles on finding the end zone. The Hawks had seven consecutive possessions going back to late in the first quarter where their drives started inside their own 25-yard line.
After taking a 21-6 into halftime, the Jr. Bills broke things wide open in the third quarter when SLUH signal caller Mitch Batcschelett threw a pair touchdown passes of 33 and 32 yards to David Jackson. Pinned deep in their own end, Hillsboro punter Sam Mock punted to SLUH speedster Daniel Isom, who scampered 60 yards to the end zone to cap off the third quarter scoring barrage. That was the only punt of the night for the Hawks.
The win for SLUH marked the 199th at the U High for Head Coach Gary Kornfeld, who is entering his 28th season as the head man. SLUH (1-0) with play host to Lutheran North next Friday Night.