HILLSBORO, N.D. — Hillsboro-Central Valley grinded out tight wins in its first two victories of the season. After a season-opening loss to Central Cass, the Burros squeaked past their next two opponents by a combined eight points.
It was a different story on Friday.
H-CV’s overpowering offense lit up the scoreboard in all four quarters to topple Northern Cass 42-0. The Burros celebrated the homecoming win with fireworks, though they put on their own spectacle offensively during the Class 11B, North-East region matchup.
“It was a little bit more fun,” Burros head coach Scott Olsen said of his team’s six-touchdown performance. “We want to reach our goals and be region champs and being 1-0 now against these guys, it helps us with that goal.”
The Burros relied on their classic option offense that has given plenty of defenses fits over the years to notch their first shutout victory of the season. The goose egg on the scoreboard was a pleasant sight for Olsen, who said his team had been giving up too many points.
“Our last three games, we hadn't played very well on defense,” Olsen said. “We’ve had years where we haven’t given up 20 points and we did it three games in a row. So we challenged them, and they showed up today.”
H-CV’s first-year starting quarterback Riley Olsen also showed up. He rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns, one of which was for 65 yards. The junior QB also had one through the air.
“The O-line did an amazing job,” Riley said. “They worked hard all game and they’ve been working hard all week. We knew we could get it done if they had good O-line blocks and that’s what they did.”
H-CV opened its first offensive drive with a turnover. Jaguars freshman Matthew Hoppe recovered a fumble on the Burros’ first offensive play of the game, but H-CV quickly made up for it. The Burros got a huge sack on the ensuing drive that forced a turnover on downs, and scored on their second possession.
Olsen scampered 16 yards into the end zone to give H-CV a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter that didn’t stop stretching. Olsen exploded for a 65-yard touchdown run 12 seconds into the second frame.
“My first game with four touchdowns, it’s pretty amazing,” Olsen said. “But I could’ve played better. There’s always room for improvement.”
The Burros defense forced a three-and-out in Northern Cass’ following possession that set up H-CV’s next scoring drive. Parker Gallagher sprinted 20 yards into the end zone to give H-CV a comfortable 21-point lead halfway through the second quarter.
The Jaguars struggled to get anything going against a swarming Burros defense that forced three punts in three straight possessions. Meanwhile, H-CV closed out the first half with a fourth unanswered touchdown.
Olsen connected with a wide open Peter Dryburgh in the end zone, who hauled in the 8-yard reception that gave the Burros a 29-0 halftime lead.
“I thought we ran the ball well and we hit some play-action passes when they weren’t expecting it,” said Scott Olsen, in his 12th year at the helm. “Riley played well. He ran hard.”
Olsen tallied his fourth and final score of the night in the opening drive of the second half. Jaguars quarterback Jack Metzger was roughed up early in the half and for the second week in a row, backup freshman quarterback Julian Leichtenberg saw some action.
But the Burros, ranked No. 5 in the latest Class 11B poll, were firing on all cylinders. Andrew Dullum ran up the middle for a 4-yard rushing touchdown to set up the game-clinching score.
Lessons the Burros (3-1) learned from Week 1 translated to success Friday.
“Week 1 was a tough opponent, Central Cass, and we needed to get better from that,” Scott Olsen said. “The last three weeks we’ve gotten better every week, and I hope we continue to rise up the mountain.”
The Burros next play Park River Area on the road at 7 p.m. Friday, while the Jaguars (1-2) host Grafton at 7 p.m. next Friday.
Hillsboro-Central Valley 42, Northern Cass 0
HCV -- Riley Olsen 18 run (Parker Gallagher kick)
HCV -- Olsen 65 run (Gallagher kick)
HCV -- Gallagher 20 run (Gallagher kick)
HCV -- Peter Dryburgh 8 pass from Olsen (Cole Hebl run)
HCV -- Olsen 31 run (Gallagher kick)
HCV -- Andrew Dullum 4 run (run failed)