HILLSBORO — Several mistakes put the North County football team at an early disadvantage on Wednesday night, and Hillsboro used its balanced and effective rushing attack to remain well in control.
The top-seeded Hawks scored three times before the visiting Raiders could discover their bearings, and avenged a regular-season road loss by rolling 42-19 in a Class 4, District 1 semifinal game.
Sophomore fullback Trey Terry enjoyed a big second half to compile 116 yards on 11 carries as Hillsboro (9-2) advanced to host Cape Central for the district championship on Monday.
North County (7-4) easily rolled up 55 points against the Hawks in week 4, but were soundly neutralized along the line of scrimmage this time.
Confusion was evident on the sideline when the Raiders tried an opening onside kick that was not successful. They were then flagged for having 12 men on the field before Hillsboro took its opening snap.
The Hawks needed just seven plays complete a powerful opening drive. It concluded when Jacob Kelam cut through the middle from 4 yards out, and quarterback Jarrett Johnson added a 2-point conversion sneak.
Kelam, who tallied 80 rushing yards while also breaking up multiple passes from his safety position, added a second score on a sweep around the corner following a key mistake by the Raiders.
North County 0 7 6 6 – 19
Hillsboro 22 6 6 8 – 42
HHS (8-0) – Kelam 4 run (Johnson run), 10:14
HHS (14-0) – Kelam 7 run (Run failed), 6:45
HHS (22-0) – Walsh 52 run (Kelam run), 0:47
NC (22-7) – Curtis 3 run (Kater kick), 10:20
HHS (28-7) – Lewis fumble recovery (Run failed), 7:17
HHS (34-7) – Johnson 1 run (Kick blocked), 8:02
NC (34-13) – Mason 8 pass from Compton (Kick blocked), 4:07
NC (34-19) – Tr Cassidy 84 pass from Ty Cassidy (Run failed), 8:58
HHS (42-19) – Terry 18 run (Kelam run), 3:34