An explosive finish to the end of the first half powered Holton over Hesperia in a CSAA-Silver matchup on Friday.

In the 56-12 victory over Hesperia, Holton quarterback Austin Fowler connected with Bret Hosmer on three straight touchdowns before the half, two of them were 94-yard strikes that fueled the Red Devils.

Fowler was dominant through the air, throwing for 360 yards and six touchdowns. Hosmer was the leading receiver with three receptions for 228 yards and three scores. Rice Robins, Kevin Erickson, and Teagan Bayne each had a receiving score of their own.

Holton’s rock-solid defense held Hesperia to 12 points and shut down the Panthers’ offense, taking a commanding 32-0 lead into halftime. Dylan Cartwright led the way with 10 tackles while Robins had eight. Holton forced three turnovers with an interception by Cameron Edgerton and fumble recoveries by Kaleb Nichols and Aaron Waterman.

Holton improves to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in conference play while Hesperia drops to 0-6 and 0-4 in conference play.

Holton is matched up with Wyoming Lee on the road next week while Hesperia will host Manistee.