MCDONALD'S SWNEWS4U.COM GAME OF THE WEEK (Sept. 14–21)
RIDGE & VALLEY FOOTBALL: Boscobel 22, Hillsboro 6
By Jimmie Kaska, for the Boscobel Dial
Bulldogs snap 23-game, six-year home losing streak with win over Hillsboro
For the first time in over six years, the Boscobel Bulldogs football program earned a home victory.
Boscobel defeated Hillsboro 22–6 on Friday to pick up the school’s first win at Casey Nice Memorial Field since a 26–7 win over Southwestern on Sept. 9, 2016, a streak spanning 23 straight losses.
Boscobel also won a conference game on the field for the first time since 2017, also over Southwestern. The Bulldogs earned a forfeit win and a “plus-one” postseason win over Hillsboro last year, but the former didn’t happen on the field (as a forfeit) and the latter wasn’t a conference game.
“It was nice for our guys to get a conference win on our home deck,” said Boscobel head coach Rob Scherrer. “The men have been working so hard and to see some positive results was a big boost for this team.”
Boscobel got the scoring started in the first quarter, as Lukas Whiteaker hooked up with Stewart Trumm on a pair of passes for 44 yards on a drive capped off by a 21-yard touchdown pass from Whiteaker to Trumm. The two-point conversion run by Bryar Wayne was good to put Boscobel up 8–0.
The game stayed 8–0 until the third quarter. Boscobel turned over the football to Hillsboro deep in Bulldogs territory. The Tigers then went on a short 31-yard drive to trim the margin to 8–6.
The Bulldogs would answer back on the very next possession, using a nine-play, 67-yard drive that took four and a half minutes off of the clock in the third quarter that was capped off by a seven-yard touchdown run by Gavin Hill to push Boscobel up 14–6.
In the fourth quarter, Boscobel’s defense forced a pair of punts, and the offense finished off the win by using a 10-play, 75-yard drive, gaining all of the yards on offense on the ground, with Bryar Wayne taking it to the house on a 31-yard run. Lukas Whiteaker’s two-point conversion run gave the Bulldogs their final points and the final score, 22–6.
“We played four good quarters of football,” said Scherrer. “I thought we controlled the trenches on the offensive and defensive lines.”
Boscobel’s defense surrendered only one score on a short field and just over 100 yards of total offense to Hillsboro, while the ground game racked up its first 100-yard rushing game of the season.
“Defensively, we were able to put pressure on Hillsboro, which led to some errors on their part,” said Scherrer. “Offensively we did enough to get a W. The running game came alive and that was nice to see.”
NEXT UP: Boscobel has a Saturday afternoon date with Ithaca for Ithaca’s Homecoming and on the 100th anniversary of the Ithaca School Fair.
Ithaca won last year’s meeting between the schools, who both have the Bulldogs nickname. Ithaca is 2–1 so far in the Ridge & Valley Conference, with Boscobel (1–4) at 1–2.
“We need to continue to get better as we see a tough opponent on Saturday,” said Scherrer.
If Boscobel wins, the program would earn its first back-to-back conference wins since 2010, and its first back-to-back wins of any kind since 2015.
Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Boscobel 22, Hillsboro 6
(from Friday, Sept. 16 @ Boscobel)
Hillsboro....0 0 6 0 — 6
Boscobel....8 0 6 8 — 22
B: Stewart Trumm 19 pass from Lukas Whiteaker (Wayne run), 8:06
H: Josiah Thyne 2 run (pass failed), 7:36
B: Gavin Hill 7 run (run failed), 3:06
B: Wayne 31 run (Whiteaker), 2:25
First downs — H n/a, B 20. Rushing – H n/a, B 36-127. Passing (comp-att-int, yards) — H n/a; B 5-11-0, 93. Fumbles-lost – H 1-1, B 0-0. Penalties – H n/a, B 6-60.
Rushing — B: Bryar Wayne 12-83, Gavin Hill 12-58. Passing — B: Lukas Whiteaker 5-11-0, 93. Receiving — B: T.J. Bell 2-44. Wayne 1-38. Tackles — B: T.J. Bell 11, Alex Trumm 9, Seth Jillson 9, Gabe Tomas 8.