Hillsborough Claims its First Win, 17-0

The Hillsborough Terriers defeated the Gaither Cowboys to receive their first win and to grant head coach Earl Garcia his 200th win as coach at Hillsborough.

Hillsborough’s defense was dominant in the victory, allowing only 27 yards and one first down in the first half. The defense also recorded three interceptions, all coming in the first half. Mike Hampton, Russell Booth and Ken Montgomery recorded the defense’s interceptions.

Overall, the defense would go on to shut out Gaither, allowing only 138 yards of offense from the Cowboys. Gaither’s quarterback Gavin Denboer would only complete four of his 10 passing attempts in the game.

“The defense has been lights out all season, they’ve been good all year,” Garcia said. “They played their brains out again tonight.”

Hillsborough’s offense put in a strong first half, scoring two touchdowns and kicking a field goal to score its 17 points in the game.

Rudy Dawson ran the ball into the end zone twice for touchdowns, the first coming on a 15-yard run and the second on a 4-yard rush. Dawson would end up with 51 yards of offense in the game, with 38 of those yards coming on three receptions.

Lawrence Dawsey struggled as quarterback in the game, completing only 7 of his 18 pass attempts. His completion percentage for the game was about twenty percent lower than the other two games on the season. However, Dawsey passed for 106 total yards in the game, which is only 16 yards under his season average so far.

“The issue is that when you get a new quarterback, anyone who has to take Dwayne Lawson’s place … nobody is going to take Dwayne’s place. [Lawson] was an All-American last year,” Garcia said. “This is only the third game Lawrence has ever played at quarterback, so it’s going to take him some time.”

An area where Dawsey didn’t show any signs of struggle was on kicking. He completed a 25 yard field goal, and also punted the ball over 50 yards multiple times in the game.

Next week, Hillsborough travels to King for its first district match-up of the year. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.

“The real season starts next Friday night. It’s our district schedule start. So now we’re 0-0. We’re all even,” Garcia said.