Steve Lemieux ran for three first-half touchdowns and quarterback Ryne Davis added a fourth TD, as Madison-Plains built a 28-0 halftime lead over the Hillsboro Indians Friday at Richards Memorial Fields en route to a 42-12 South Central Ohio League win.
In a nearly seven-minute scoring drive that was beset with six penalties, the Golden Eagles took a 7-0 lead on Lemieux's first TD of the game with 1:16 left in the first period. Ben Siniff connected on the first of his six PATs on the night and it was Madison-Plains 7, Hillsboro 0.
The second period was all Plains. The Eagles scored three TDs on just five plays from scrimmage. With 10:30 on the clock, Lemieux broke free for a 31-yard touchdown to make it 14-0.
On the Eagles' next possession that started at their own nine-yard line, it was all Lemieux. The senior running back picked up 11 yards on first down. Then, on first-and-10 from the 20, he raced left to the Plains' 40, cut back to the right, and completed the 80-yard run to the northwest corner of the end zone. Siniff's kick made it a 21-0 score.
On the change of possession, the Indians failed to move the ball. Two incomplete passes by quarterback Logan Lesley were followed by a run for no gain. On fourth-and-long, Kordell Ford dropped back in punt formation. The snap was high and Madison-Plains recovered at the Hillsboro three-yard line.
On first down, Davis took it in for the score with 1;24 left in the half.
Kyler White returned the kickoff to the 21. Craig Jackson picked up nine yards on first down and three more on second down to move the chains. Lesley added another first down with a 16-yard gain, but time was running out.
After a timeout by Hillsboro coach Brian Spicer, the Indians had a pair of incomplete passes to end the half, trailing 28-0.
The Indians caught a break in the third period when Madison-Plains fumbled on its first possession.
Hillsboro put together its first scoring drive, highlighted by a big fourth-and-seven play in which Lesley found Ford for a 15-yard gain.
On third-and-nine at the Plains' 24, Lesley connected with White for six yards. Spicer called on White again on fourth down. The senior running back responded with just enough yardage to move the chains and keep the drive alive.
Ford crossed the goal line from 15 yards out on a crucial third down run. The point-after failed, but Hillsboro was on the board at 28-6.
With nine seconds left in the third period, Davis added his second touchdown of the game to put the Eagles on top, 35-6.
In the fourth quarter, Hillsboro capitalized on a big play from Lesley to White and a personal foul on Madison-Plains brought the ball to the Eagles' 18.
Jackson ran for two quick yards on first down. Ford added five more yards. After an Eagles' timeout, White raced in for an 11-yard TD at the 7:56 mark.
Hillsboro had two attempts at the two-point conversion – courtesy of a roughing the passer penalty – but was unable to convert.
Jake Datz scored from 18 yards out with 1:43 remaining to round out the scoring.
Friday's game was nothing like last year's meeting. When these two teams met last October, it was a back-and-forth battle from the opening whistle until the final play of the game. The Indians scored a late touchdown and a two-point conversion for a 29-28 win at Madison-Plains High School a year ago.
Since 2003, Hillsboro is 7-3 against the Eagles. But the 2012 matchup belonged to Madison-Plains.
Last 10 meetings:
2003 - MP 20, HHS 16
2004 - HHS 34, MP 0
2005 - HHS 24, MP 14
2006 - HHS 28, MP 14
2007 - HHS 26, MP 6
2008 - MP 45, HHS 13
2009 - HHS 14, MP 0
2010 - HHS 42, MP 34
2011 - HHS 29, MP 28
2012 - MP 42, HHS 12
The Eagles are now 4-0 on the 2012 season. Hillsboro (0-4) will look for win No. 1 at Miami Trace on Friday, Sept. 21.
Score by quarters
MPHS – 07 21 07 07 – 42
HHS – 00 00 06 06 – 12