Hodgeman County beats Hoxie 50-12, travels to Solomon in next round
Hodgeman County senior Jared Borger showed the Hoxie Indians that he could do damage to opposing defenses both on the ground and in the air.
Borger ran for three touchdowns and passed for another to lead the Longhorns to a 50-12 victory over the Indians in an Eight-Man Division I bi-district contest at Sayler Field.
Borger ran the ball for 95 yards and also completed both of his passes for 65 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown pass to Blade Torline in the fourth quarter for another score for the Longhorns (8-2).
The senior wasn't the only weapon Longhorns' head coach Matt Housman used on the Indians (7-3).
Austin Pfannenstiel ran for 61 yards (including the Longhorns' first touchdown) and threw for 52 before a leg injury ended his game late in the first half, while Landon Henning also scored a touchdown for Hodgeman County.
The Longhorns' defense also did a lot of damage by intercepting five passes by Hoxie's Chase Kennedy (including one returned 30 yards by Alex Kreger for Hodgeman's first score of the second half). Kennedy finished 2-of-12 passing for 54 yards with three of his five passes after intermission intercepted.
Hoxie was led by sophomore running back Connor Katt, who rushed 21 times for 111 yards and a touchdown, while Kennedy also ran for a score.
The Longhorns took the opening drive 57 yards with Pfannenstiel closing with a six-yard run for the first score. He also scored the two-point conversion to make the score 8-0.
The Indians had a chance to get on the board early in the second quarter, getting as far as the Hodgeman 8 before turning the ball over on downs. The Longhorns answered with their second scoring drive, capped off by a three-yard run by Borger. Borger connected with Kreger on the two-point conversion to extend the lead to 16-0.
Hodgeman County got its first interception on the next Hoxie drive and Borger closed the deal again, this time from a yard away for the touchdown. His two-point conversion made the score 24-0 with 2:57 remaining.
Another Longhorn interception looked to be the start of another scoring drive, but the Indians were able to grab an interception of their own at their 15. Hoxie used clock management perfectly as Kennedy scored from a yard away as the clock expired to trail 24-6.
Kreger's interception for a touchdown in the first minute of the third quarter made it 30-6 and short field position on a punt return allowed the Longhorns to score on a 12-yard run by Borger, with Borger's two-point conversion making the score 38-6 with 8:56 left in the third quarter.
Katt was able to score from two yards out to complete Hoxie's second scoring drive late in the third quarter.
Hodgeman County's two scores in the fourth quarter came on Borger's pass to Torline and a three-yard run by Landon Henning.
The Longhorns will travel to Solomon for a sectional game against the Gorillas. Solomon beat Kiowa County 54-42 in another bi-district contest.