Hico (5-0) was impressive again Friday night, and made another strong statement while keeping its perfect record intact.
The Tigers made a goal line stand to preserve a two-possession fourth-quarter lead, then marched down the field so Tyler Turner could breakaway for the touchdown that put an exclamation point on a 33-14 win at 3A Hillsboro (2-3) Friday night.
"We played pretty well and (Turner) had a great night," said Hico head coach Keith Wood. "When I went back and looked up Hillsboro's sprint relay time from last year and saw they ran a 42.5, I knew they could scoot, and they sure could. But I'm proud of our defense. Hillsboro really just had one good drive down the field."
Turner rushed for more than 100 yards, Wood said, becoming the fourth Tiger to top the century mark on the ground in a game this year.
Hico is averaging 38 points over its first five contests and is surrendering just 17.8. Dublin is the only team to top 20 points on the Tigers, who have yielded just 14 in each game since.
The Tigers, ranked seventh in Class A Division I by TexasFootball.com, have a marquee matchup next week when they visit 2012 semifinalist Italy. The Tigers dominated the Gladiators 27-7 in Hico last year.