Junior Matt Brown rushed for 188 yards, scored two touchdowns and kicked a 32-yard field goal to lead Necedah to a 28–12 victory over Hillsboro last Friday night.
The speedy halfback had his way with the host Tigers.
Hillsboro actually scored the game’s opening points on a 27-yard option keeper by senior quarterback Grant Jefferies with 5:22 left in the opening, but the 6–0 lead was the Tigers last of the night.
Necedah responded less than two minutes later when Brown scored from seven yards out. Brown added the extra point and the Cardinals (3–1, 1–1 SBC) led 7–6.
Midway through the second quarter Brown caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Noah Herried. Necedah led 13–6 at the half.
Brown booted a 32-yard field goal with 6:35 remaining in the third quarter to make it 16–6.
The host Tigers (3–1, 1–1) kept it close when senior fullback Max Sebranek broke free for a 68-yard touchdown run with 10:36 left in the game, but the conversion attempt failed and Necedah still led 16–12.
The Cardinals made it a two-score game with a 6-yard run by Jesse Crubaugh with 3:41 to play, then put the game out of reach with Cory Adamczak’s 5-yard TD run with just over a minute to play.
Brown finished the game with 188 yards rushing on 23 carries. Crugbaugh added 73 yards on 13 attempts.
As a team, Necedah piled up 318 yards rushing on 55 carries.
Meanwhile, Hillsboro was held to just 198 yards rushing on 37 attempts.
Sebranek piled up 127 yards on 14 carries, but Jefferies was held to just 34 yards, 27 on his TD run, on 12 rushes.
Jefferies completed 1 of 5 passes — to sophomore Max Stockwell — for 21 yards.
The Tigers will look to bounce back this week at 2012 SBC champion Bangor (3–1, 1–1). Bangor is coming off a 34–13 loss to league-leading New Lisbon.