TAMPA — Behind two second-half touchdown runs from Dontae Hopkins, Hillsborough rallied to defeat Jefferson 27-13 on Friday in a physical battle.
The Terriers (4-2, 2-0) trailed 13-12 at the half. Jefferson (4-2, 1-0) took a one-point lead with 1:24 left in the second quarter on a 7-yard touchdown catch by Justin McGriff.
Key plays: On the third drive of the third quarter, Hopkins broke free down the middle for a 43-yard touchdown scamper. Quarterback Tyler Thomas faked the draw to Tyrese Spain and Hopkins made it happen. The score came with 7:17 left in the quarter. Hillsborough converted the two-point conversion.
Key drives: With 4:47 left in the first half, Hillsborough took its first lead on a 50-yard touchdown grab from Terence Dotson. Thomas hit Dotson in stride, and he flew down the right sideline to put the Terriers ahead 12-7.
Stars of the game: Hopkins had 98 yards and two touchdowns, with the other one coming on a 23-yard run with three minutes left. … Spain totaled 75 yards and paced the Terriers offense. … For Jefferson, Niko Duffey had 48 yards and a 3-yard touchdown run. … McGriff caught three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Key stats: Dragons cornerback DeAndre Hollins had four tackles and an interception. … Rahkevious Bartley racked up six tackles, while Miles Kemp and Jahaud Russ had five each. … Jaylen Striker and Zion Glace combined for a sack. … Jahaad Malphus had an interception in the second half. … Dayondre Miller and Riker Van Arsdall each had a solo sack.
Final word I: "Last week we had a million yards in penalties, and this week we had 750,000 yards in penalties. We had seven offensive penalties in the first three possessions. However, I'm very proud of our football team, but we have to clean up what we do. We have won three in a row now and we came from behind to win again. Three games in eight days and I'm giving the guys the day off tomorrow." — Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia
Final word II: "It was a tough blow with all the suspensions. We had six guys that were out, and they're all starters. We knew it was going to be a tough battle because we were going to get worn out up front. We are resilient and look forward to what is ahead." — Jefferson coach Jeremy Earle