What a game to start the season, two top five D1 teams facing each other and the game didn't disappoint, coming down to the wire.
After a scoreless first quarter, it was Mountain Pointe that struck first on a 15 yard Garett Craig touchdown run.
Hamilton quickly knotted the game up. Cole Luke returned the kick off to the 37 and one play later Allen Thigpen threw a nice deep ball to tie it at 7 each.
Luke set up Hamilton's next score when he intercepted Antonio Hinojosa and returned the ball near midfield. Frankie Felix raced in from 14 yards out to build a 14-7 lead, one they would hang on to until the 4th quarter.
Midway through the 4th is when the action started again. Hamilton drove the ball inside the 20 and looked like they would kick a field goal on 4th and 6. Mt. Pointe jumped and the Huskies converted on 4th and 1. At this point, Hamilton looked like they would put the nail in the coffin.
A fumble recovered by Jalen Brown gave Mountain Pointe new hope.
Hinojosa led them on a game tying drive, one in which would convert four 3rd and long situations. The final was a 50 yard TD pass to Travonn White.
Hamilton got the ball back with 3 minutes to go and looked like they would win it. Thigpen hit Felix for a 76 yard gain that put the ball on the 2 yard line but the play was called back for holding. Another penalty had the Huskies punting from deep in their own territory.
A good bounce on the punt gave MP the ball back at their own 25 with 2:19 to play but the Pride moved the ball down the field in chunks. Craig had runs of 17 and 12 yards, Hinojosa hit Brown and Thair Blakes for 1st downs and put the ball at the 5 yard line with 5.8 seconds to play. Ryan Sheehan's kick was true and Mt. Pointe walked away with a 17-14 victory.
Mountain Pointe's fault last year was the inability to throw the ball, it looks like this year they can. They are thin on the O and D lines but do a good job of rotating their two horses, Kenny Lacy and Natrell Curtis.
Hamilton had their chances but crucial penalties at the end of the game really hurt them.
Team effort here. I thought QB Antonio Hinojosa played well as did RBs Garett Craig and Wesley Payne. Jalen Brown was good on both sides of the ball. The Pride defense was very solid all night and give credit to kicker Ryan Sheehan for his game winning kick.
Mountain Pointe beats Hamilton 17-14
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