Griffin Ray

Hillsboro quarterback Griffin Ray passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in the Hawks' 47-20 victory over Cape Girardeau Central on Friday night.

Park Hills Central knocked Northwest (2-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten Friday with a 35-14 win in Cedar Hill.

Lion sophomore running back Chase Viehland amassed 175 yards rushing on 28 carries and quarterback Trey Davis completed 12-of-24 passes for 187 yards. Brady Cutter caught eight of those aerials for 109 yards. Cutter also recovered a fumble.

Davis has thrown six touchdown passes and zero interceptions so far this season.

Hillsboro (1-2) picked up its first win of the season with a 47-20 victory over Cape Girardeau Central on Friday night. It was the Hawks’ first home game of the season and the school declared an early Senior Night in case the season gets shortened. Hillsboro, a longtime Class 4 team, had played Northwest (Class 6) and Jackson (Class 5) the first two weeks.

After Cape Central took an early 7-0 lead, Hillsboro responded with 35 unanswered points before halftime. Sophomore running back Jaxin Patterson began the scoring blitz with TD runs of 20 and seven yards. Junior back Tyler Watson gave the Hawks a 21-7 lead in the first with a 32-yard scoring run.

“I was proud of our effort for four quarters,” first-year Hillsboro head coach Bill Sucharski said. “We faced adversity but we bounced back well and that’s the sign of a good team.”

In the second quarter, Hawk sophomore quarterback Griffin Ray went to work, tossing touchdown passes to Tyson White (57 yards) and Watson (16). Watson ran in the two-point conversion after his score and increased the lead to 35-7. The Tigers scored on the final play of the first half.

Cape Central cut the lead to 35-20 with the only TD of the third quarter, but Hillsboro salted the game away with short touchdown runs by Ray and sophomore Austin Romaine in the fourth.

Hillsboro more than doubled the Tigers’ offensive output (561 yards to 223) and averaged more than eight yards per play. Patterson led the Hawks with 219 yards rushing and Romaine rumbled for 193 yards, averaging 12 yards per carry. He ripped off a 60-yard gain on the Hawks’ first play of the game.

“They came out and ran hard,” Sucharski said of his two super sophomores. “I told them after the Jackson game to be ready to run the ball and they had a really good week of practice.”

Hillsboro’s defense recovered four Tiger fumbles. With the game tied 7-7, Patterson, playing safety, forced a fumble that the Hawks turned around for the go-ahead touchdown.

“We preached to ‘strip and rip’ and (Patterson) put his helmet on the ball,” Sucharski said.

North County (2-0) visits Hillsboro on Friday night in the Hawks’ Mississippi Area Football Conference Red opener. The Raiders began their conference schedule with a 62-0 shutout over De Soto on Friday.