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Waldorf’s Hilton wins NSAA OPOW after 6 TD performance

Hilton Joseph looks to make a move on the Trojan defender at Bolstorff field on Saturday Sept. 22, 2018.

By: Zach Throne

Waldorf quarterback Hilton Joseph earned the North Star Athletic Association’s Offensive Player of the Week last week after leading the Warriors’ 50-35 win over Dakota State.

“Bo”, which is what his teammates and family call him, totaled 269 passing yards and rushed for 79 yards. Joseph was the second leading rusher for the Warriors.

Joseph showed off his dual-threat abilities by throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for three more, making him responsible for six touchdowns against the Trojans.

His first touchdown of the day came off a power read concept that left the middle of the field wide open for Joseph to scamper into the end zone for a 24-yarder. Joseph started the second quarter with an 8-yard scramble in for the touchdown. A few minutes later, he threw a 19-yard touchdown to freshman running back Bo Evans. The Miami native showed no signs of the colder weather affecting his play as the temperatures dropped further into the game. Ryan Martinez kept the momentum going in the second half by catching an 8-yard pass from Joseph and then another for 24-yards to seal the win for the Warriors.

The junior captain is no stranger to this conference honor, as he earned the same award twice last year, along with an NAIA National Player of the Week award.

“We were all just clicking on offense,” said Joseph of his performance on Saturday. “It’s really amazing what we are able to do when we play smart-fast football.”

Hilton’s performance impressed many, but his teammates were not surprised at all with his stellar play. “He absolutely lights it up at practice,” said teammate and fellow Warrior quarterback Logan Jahnke. “It is a level of play that we come to expect from Bo; he makes his teammates around him better.”

This exceptional game for Joseph and the Warriors began conference play on a high note, moving Waldorf to 1-0 in conference play and 1-3 overall.