The Hoffman twins, Blair and Dalton, ran for 226 combined yards to lead the Dighton Hornets to a dominating 52-6 win over visiting Northern Valley on Friday night.
“I think that may have been our best overall game of the season, to be honest,” Dighton head coach Ken Simon said. “Good time to be playing your best ball, I guess.”
The best time, as the Hornets (8-2) advance to the 8-man, Division II state quarterfinals, where they will host Otis-Bison Friday. The Cougars (8-1) edged Hutchinson-Central Christian, 66-52, Friday night.
Dighton did not have to go the distance in their rout of the Huskies (7-3), ending the game in the third quarter due to the 45-point rule. On just their second play from scrimmage, Dalton Hoffman broke off a 45-yard touchdown run, and Dighton was off and running.
“We talked about how we had to be physical up front and control the line of scrimmage, and we did that,” Simon said.
The Hornets scored once more in the period, but more importantly kept Northern Valley out of the end zone until the second quarter — and that’s all the Hornets would surrender.
“We bent little bit (on defense) at times,” Simon said. “We did give up one big running play that got them set up for the touchdown … but just that one play was kind of the big, explosive play we gave up. If it’s just one, I can handle that.”
Meanwhile, the Hornets kept racking up the yards and the points.
“Blair Hoffman finished with 106 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns on 16 carries and 120 passing yards and three touchdowns on 12 of 16.
Dalton Hoffman had one rushing touchdown and two receiving scores, racking up 181 yards from scrimmage.