CPA Comeback Falls Short v Hillsboro
Hillsboro High School was able to jump out to a commanding 30-7 lead, then hold off a furious comeback to defeat Christ Presbyterian Academy 30-28 Friday at the Den.
It was an exciting non-conference game between the two local schools. Hillsboro was able to force a safety on the Lions’ first possession, then score a touchdown on their ensuing drive to take a 9-0 lead before CPA knew what hit them.
The Lions then mounted a nice drive, but it stalled when the Burros stopped them on fourth down on the 20-yard line.
When Hillsboro took over, running back Jacob Frazier was able to break free for a 75-yard touchdown run to extend the Burro lead to 16-0.
CPA would come back with a big play of their own when quarterback Ryan Eledge hit Noah Henderson with a 79-yard bomb to cut the lead to 16-7.
But Hillsboro would begin the second quarter like they did the first, mounting two unanswered scoring drives to push the lead to 30-7.
With under a minute to play in the first half, Eledge was able to break free for a 20-yard touchdown scamper to cut the lead to 30-14 at halftime.
Hillsboro received the second half kickoff, putting the pressure right on the CPA defense to keep their team within two-possession deficit.
The Lions responded, holding Hillsboro to no gain when they went for it on fourth down.
CPA took over and mounted a scoring drive of their own.
Eledge was able to find running back Kane Patterson for the touchdown and cut the lead to 30-20.
CPA coach Ingle Martin decided to go for two, and Patterson plowed it in to narrow the lead to 30-22.
On Hillsboro’s next possession, the Lions’ McNeill Stout intercepted the pass and gave CPA the ball right back.
Eledge wasted little time, again finding Henderson for another touchdown to make it 30-28.
CPA went for two again to try and tie the game, but this time the attempt failed and the score remained 30-28 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth, both teams had scoring opportunities, but the defenses came up big.
Hillsboro looked they were going to scored again, but the Lions forced a fumble at the 14-yard to stop the drive.
The Burros again drove all the way to the 2-yard line, but again the Lion defense came up big, holding Hillsboro when the went for it on fourth down.
When CPA drove down the field, it was Hillsboro’s turn to come up big on defense, stopping the Lions when they went for it on fourth at the 12-yard line.
Eledge finished the game 17-28 for 252 yards and two touchdowns, a 114 passer rating. He also rushed seven times for 49 more yards and another touchdown.
Noah Henderson had a great game for the Lions, finishing with 13 catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns.
Kane Patterson led the Lions with 66 yards on just three carries.