NEWPORT — Unbeaten Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton added to its 6-0 halftime lead in the second half Saturday at Maryn Field and went on to down Newport, 25-13.
“A lot of positive came out of this,” said Newport coach John Proper. “We can play with these guys,” he added.
Newport, 1-3, has now played four of the Top 5 teams in Division 3, including Lebanon, Campbell and Hillsboro-Deering, all 4-0, and Stevens, 3-1, in fifth position.
Monadnock, 2-2, comes to town Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff on Homecoming Weekend.
Hillsboro-Deering scored the only touchdown of the first half when senior Colby Quiet scored from five yards out with 19.2 seconds remaining in the half.
Quiet made it12-0 with 5:30 left on the clock in the third period, this time from the 7-yard line.
It didn’t take Newport long to respond, cutting the Redhawks lead to 12-7 with 2:08 left in the third period on a nifty run through a crowd from the 23-yard line by sophomore Darshawn Chesser. Marius Edwards booted the extra point.
Hillsboro-Deering hit paydirt again on a 1-yard plunge by junior quarterback Mike Obereim with 9:49 left in the game. The point-after boot was blocked by Newport.
Hillsboro put the game out of Newport’s reach with 3:09 remaining in the final period when Quiet scored his third touchdown, outrunning the Newport defense down the sideline for a 44-yard score. This time the point after kick by Charles Veitch split the uprights and the score was 25-7.
The Tigers didn’t give up, however, as junior Josh Sharron broke a tackle after catching a pass from Edwards and went 66 yards for a touchdown. A pass for the extra points failed.