Hillman earns homecoming victory over Thunderbolts

HILLMAN–A two-hour weather delay had no effect on the Hillman football team as it earned a big homecoming victory and won its second consecutive game, defeating Mio on Friday by a score of 52-18 in a North Star League matchup.

“It took a lot of leadership from our captains and seniors to realize how important this game was and we came out and played good football,” Hillman coach Bill Koenig said.

The Tigers were a little sluggish after the two-hour delay caused by lightning as they held just an 8-6 lead after one quarter thanks to a 26 yard touchdown run by Caine Hunt.

Hillman started to heat up offensively and scored twice in the second quarter when Billy Kolcan ran for a three yard touchdown and quarterback Kyler Moir connected with Mathew Hunt for a 10 yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 22-12 lead at halftime.

“We were able to move the ball well again offensively for the second week in a row and it didn’t matter who we gave the ball to, good things happened,” Koenig said. “Our line played better than they had all season and we had a well balanced attack offensively.”

Hillman continued to move the ball and put points on the board in the second half as Hunt ran his second touchdown of the game early in third and Moir threw his second when he hit Jared Juergens in stride for 25 yards to give the Tigers a commanding 35-18 lead after three quarters.

Hillman was not finished with its scoring display in front of a homecoming crowd as Hunt and Moir each found pay dirt again and kicker Anton Schulze made a field goal with 15 seconds left in the game to close out the Tigers blowout win.

Schulze was also five of six on extra point attempts.

“Anton joined late after an injury, but he won the position battle and he’s worked hard at it and we’re going to continue let him do the kicking,” Koenig said.

Hillman was led by Hunt who had 138 yards rushing on 15 carries to go with his three scores. Kolcan ran for 129 yards on 15 attempts and found the end zone once. Moir completed 6-of-8 passes for 81 yards and had two touchdowns through the air and one on the ground.

The Tigers improve to 2-3 overall on the year and will take on Harbor Springs this week.

“The coaches and players are working hard and we’re just going to continue having fun from here on out and hopefully good things will happen,” Koenig said.

Jonny Zawacki can be reached via email at jzawacki@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5690.