EAST JORDAN — Good things can be just as enjoyable the second time around.
Dustin Hejka threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran in another as the East Jordan High School varsity football team rolled past Hillman, 42-26, in a non-league contest Friday to earn their second straight win to start the year.
With the win, the Red Devils move to 2-0 for the first time since the 2003 season, which also was the last time East Jordan reached the playoffs.
The Red Devils scored 35 first half points and finished with 394 yards of total offense, including 272 yards rushing as Hejka led the way with 86 yards on six carries.
“Our kids played well against a very good team,” East Jordan coach Allan Peterson said. “We had a couple of injuries early that stalled us some, but we held on late. They (Hillman) run the spread well and it’s tough to stop.
“I am proud of all our kids for their effort and sure love coaching them.”
Also for the Red Devils, Tim Schut added 69 yards on eight carries, while Noah Bacchus had 66 yards on 15 carries and Michael Suess had 31 yards on 11 carries.
The Red Devils scored first in the opening quarter as Walton scored from 2 yards out before Bacchus returned a Hillman punt 65 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0. Hejka connected with Noah Raymond for the two-point conversion.
Hillman scored late in the first quarter on a Ty Jones pass to Mason VanPamel to make it 14-6, then East Jordan instantly responded as Hejka hooked up with Raymond for a 53-yard TD just over a minute later to make it 20-6.
East Jordan continued to put its foot on the gas in the second quarter offensively as Hejka scrambled 67 yards for his second TD of the game and then added the point after attempt to put the Red Devils in front, 27-6.
After Hillman cut the deficit to 27-14 on a Jones quarterback keeper, again the Red Devils answered as Suess scored via a 3 yard run. Suess also added the two-point conversion as the Red Devils took a 35-14 halftime lead.
Hillman added two second scores including a 5 yard TD run from Kenny Kolcan and another Jones to VanPamel TD pass, this one covering 7 yards, to make it 35-26.
Then with just over three minutes to play in the game, Hejka hooked up with Schut via a 7-yard TD pass to close the scoring at 42-26.
Hejka finished 3-of-4 passing for 101 yards, while Jordan Peterson was 1-of-3 passing for 21 yards. Raymond had one reception for 53 yards including a TD, while Wyatt Crick had one reception for 41 yards and Bacchus had a 21 yard reception. Schut added one catch for seven yards.
Defensively, Suess had a team-high 12 tackles, while Bacchus added 11 stops and Schut had eight tackles. Oscar Scheier had seven tackles and Jordan Peterson, Hejka and Crick all had six stops apiece.
Hejka and Jordan Peterson each had an interception.
Harbor Springs 40, Frankfort 12
HARBOR SPRINGS — Harbor Springs ran over Frankfort during a non-league game on Friday at Ottawa Stadium.
The Rams were led by David Walker with 232 yards rushing on 19 carries and five touchdowns, while Mitch Wallin added 52 yards on five carries and one rushing touchdown.