THE ROAD TO MURFREESBORO -- HILLSBORO BURROS

Maryville’s opponent in the state championship game goes into the game undefeated for the 2006 season.

The Region 5 school in Nashville has made four trips to the state championships since 2001. This is the third time Maryville and Hillsboro have squared off in the finals.

Here is a look at the games that lead the Hillsboro Burros to Murfreesboro.

2006 Hillsboro Burros (14-0)

Vs. Overton — W, 38-21

Hillsboro debuted its spread offense under new coach Scott Blade. Two quarterbacks — junior Matt Arent and senior David Solomon — led the attack. Despite the spread formation, the offense did a whole lot of running through the middle, mostly through the efforts of Jacques Seward.

Hillsboro finished with 181 passing yards and 92 yards rushing. Solomon was 2-of-4 for 99 yards and one touchdown, while Arent was 6-of-10 for 82 yards and rushed twice for 12 yards and a score. A 72-yard pass play from Solomon to Seward gave Hillsboro a 21-14 advantage at the end of the first half.


Vs. Tullahoma — W, 35-28

Hillsboro quarterback Matt Arent and Tullahoma quarterback Cass Barnes put on a show. The two quarterbacks combined for 599 passing yards in the contest. Barnes finished with 314 yards on 25-of-40 passing. Arent collected 285 yards on 15-of-31 passing. Hillsboro’s David Solomon, the Burros’ second quarterback, picked off Barnes’ pass in the end zone to secure an overtime victory.

Vs. Hillwood — W, 48-6

Jacques Seward rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns, with quarterback Matt Arent throwing for 113 yards and an additional score, as the Burros put it away with a 28 point second quarter. Five different receivers caught passes.

Vs. Shelbyville — W, 40-7

Hillsboro was cruising at halftime, leading 33-7. Jacques Seward ripped Shelbyville for 202 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Matt Arent added 169 yards and three touchdowns on 5-of-7 passing.


Vs. Antioch — W, 14-6

Hillsboro cornerback Eric Gordon stepped in front of Antioch receiver Dontel Watkins and returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown, sealing host Hillsboro’s comeback victory. Antioch led 6-0 after three quarters, thanks to a blitz-happy defense that sacked Burros quarterback Matt Arent five times and intercepted him twice.
After a penalty backed up Hillsboro, Jacques Seward completed a halfback pass to Demetrious Garrett to convert a third-and-24 by a matter of inches.
Later on third-and-goal from the 17, Arent found Garrett on a post route for the game’s lone offensive touchdown.


Vs. Whites Creek — W, 40-20

Jacques Seward beat on Whites Creek for 183 yards on 26 carries, finding the end zone three times. Quarterback Matt Arent was next best in total carries with four for minus 2 yards.
Arent passed for 134 yards and three touchdowns.


Vs. Hickman Co. — W, 42-6

Batman and Robin were front and center for Hillsboro yet again, with running back Jacques Seward carving out 155 yards and three scores on 18 carries. Quarterback Matt Arent passed for another 149 yards.

Vs. Maplewood — W, 12-6

Hillsboro junior Jacques Seward ran 28 times for 110 yards and turned five screen passes into 92 yards. He was involved in all but six of Hillsboro’s plays for positive yardage.

Burros quarterback Matt Arent pumped to Seward in the flat, got Maplewood’s defensive backs on the left side to bite and hit receiver Demetrious Garrett in stride for a 41-yard strike with 1:55 to play. Seward scored on a 16-yard counter for Hillsboro’s first score.

Vs. Lawrence Co. — W, 35-7

The Burros struck from the air in routing Lawrence County, with Matt Arent throwing for 258 yards and two scores on 14-of-21 passing. Lawrence County was limited to 169 yards of offense.


Vs. Stratford — W, 41-12

Hillsboro added an exclamation point to perfection.
The dynamic tandem of quarterback Matt Arent and running back Jacques Seward Burros combined for 374 yards of offense and five touchdowns. With the victory Hillsboro (10-0, 7-0) captured the Region 5-4A title and remained undefeated.

The last time the Burros went undefeated in the regular season was 2002. That year they went on to finish as Class 4A state runner-up, marking the first of three consecutive state final appearances.

Vs. Rossview — W, 42-3

Hillsboro quarterback Matt Arent threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns, and Burros tailback Jacques Seward rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Hillsboro scored on three of its first four offensive possessions, and recovered nicely after Rossview took an early 3-0 lead. Most of Arent’s passing yards came in the first half. The junior quarterback completed his first five passes, and had 211 passing yards and two touchdown tosses by halftime.


Vs. Mt. Juliet — W, 28-21

The host Burros stayed unbeaten by coming from behind twice, then making a goal-line stand in the final minute to preserve victory. Hillsboro outgained Mt. Juliet, 439-211, but committed four turnovers, two of which resulted in Golden Bears touchdowns.

Hillsboro quarterback Matt Arent was intercepted three times for 159 yards. Arent, who passed for 177 yards, responded with a 4-yard touchdown run to tie the game and an 8-yard touchdown pass to Corey Jordan for the game-winner with 6:22 remaining.

Seward, 28 carries, 260 yards, scored on runs of 2 and 1 yards in the first half. Seward ran for 195 second-half yards.


Vs. Clarksville — W, 41-3

Jacques Seward rushed for 195 yards and four touchdowns. Seward carried the ball 25 straight times before watching from the sideline in the fourth quarter. His 51-yard touchdown run on the game’s second play set the tone for Hillsboro’s offense.
Hillsboro quarterback Matt Arent added a pair of touchdown passes for the Burros. Hillsboro scored on six of its first eight possessions and had only one turnover. The Burros finished with 394 yards of offense, while holding Clarksville to 89 yards.


Vs. Henry Co. — W, 42-7

Matt Arent threw three touchdowns and tailback Jacques Seward ran for two more. Arent threw for 253 yards, completing 15-of-25 passes, and Seward finished with 123 yards.

The Burros had 400 yards of offense, but it was their defense that shut down a Henry County offense that had averaged 30 points in its three playoff games. The Patriots finished with 71 yards rushing.

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