Hamilton came into this game with a ton of D1 athletes and Desert Ridge has shown the ability to put up a ton of points with that said, no one in the stadium expected this game to be 0-0 after the first quarter.
Hamilton broke the knot at the 9:30 mark in the 2nd quarter on a 42 yard Kyren Poe to Clayton Stancik TD.
Desert Ridge drove the field and got on the board after 26 yard Danny Berzins field goal.
With under two minutes on the clock, DR forced a punt and had a chance to potentially put more points on the board. Instead, the plan backfired and Hamilton junior Reggie Daniels picked off Parker Rasmussen's pass and returned roughly 50 yards for a score.
14-3 Hamilton at the half.
The Huskies got the ball to open the 2nd half and really hurt themselves with a turnover of their own. Desert Ridge recovered a fumble at the 10 yard line and three Jordan Becerra runs later, the Jaguars pulled within four. 14-10 Hamilton lead after a short Becerra TD run.
Hamilton made quick work of the Jaguar defense on the next series. Poe hooked up with Tanner Clay on a deep ball that put Hamilton at the 8 yard line and soon after Poe hit Clay for a 8 yard TD strike. 21-10.
Hamilton forced DR to punt and it looked like the Huskies would put the game away. Poe hit Clay for a 62 yard gain and Hamilton had the ball at the 2 yard line. Desert Ridge DL Jason Wiggins came up with a huge play, recovering a fumble and returning out to the 33 yard line. Desert Ridge turned it into points on Berzins second field goal of the game. 21-13 with 9:24 left to play in the game.
The Desert Ridge defense stepped up, forced a punt but Kendyl Taylor's punt was downed at the 2 yard line, meaning the Jaguars would have to march 98 yards in 6 minutes to potentially tie the game.
The Jaguars go to midfield but never really threatened to score. Very fitting that key plays were made in the series by senior LB leader/player maker Tyler Rutt.
Final 21-13 and Hamilton wins their 3rd straight 5A1 title.
This was not the game that everyone expected. In the eyes of most fans, Desert Ridge was not supposed to be in this game, they were snubbed by moving the kickoff time but they came out and played tough football and had a chance to go down and tie it at the end of the game. Give it up to Hamilton. Three straight titles is a very impressive feat. Everyone gets up to play the Huskies and they have responded to each and every challenge. They are a true class act football program.
Many solid performances tonight. Got to like what Hamilton WRs Tanner Clay and Kendyl Taylor did even mention the great job Desert Ridge QB Jordan Becerra but the play that was the difference in the game was Hamilton junior safety Reggie Daniels' interception he returned for a TD just before halftime.