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Hillsboro Suits Up for Week Eleven Against Eastmoor Academy

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The Hillsboro Indians came up one yard short of an undefeated season.

This fall has been the culmination of a long eight-year rebuilding process in which Hillsboro has had only two winning seasons (2017, 2018) since 2010, including two winless seasons in 2012 and 2013.

One of two Frontier Athletic Conference schools to share the conference title and make the postseason, the Indians (9-1, 4-1) will travel to Columbus to experience week 11 football for the first time since 2005.

Their opponents in the region 11 quarterfinals are the Columbus City League-South champions Eastmoor Academy (9-1, 7-0 CCL) led by coach James Miranda.

We have seen Hillsboro quietly rack up wins with their impressive running back corps.  Seniors Deon Burns and Josh Keets have used their impressive size advantage to power past defenses all season and rack up huge bursts of yardage on the ground; quarterback Mason Swayne can also get the job done on his feet while putting up passes to his receivers.

Eastmoor Academy will have the advantage in the depth department, the Warriors have a 64-man roster that can compete with division II schools while Hillsboro boasts a modest 43-man roster.

The result of this disparity will be that the Warriors can play offensive and defensive squads while the Indians will need to send multiple players out on both sides of the ball, which can wear down anyone.

The winner of this 4 and 5 seed matchup will play the winner between Bishop Hartley and Athens in the regional semifinal.

Which of these teams will advance to week twelve? Find out on Gridiron Glory, which airs live Friday at 11:30 P.M. and is available on demand on WOUB’s YouTube channel, WOUB-PBS.