Two of Arizona's top football programs, Hamilton and Centennial, face off

This game lived up to the hype

Breakdown

Things didn't look well early for the Centennial Coyotes. After going three-and-out, the snapper out the ball over the punter's head. Luckily, Jacob Parks was able to get a punt off but it set Hamilton up in nice field position.

The Huskies weren't able to take advantage, Andrew Nichols tipped Travis Lockhart's pass and DE Chris Jules came down with the interception for Centennial.

Centennial was backed up for much of the 1st half and couldn't muster up any offense. While Hamilton had great field position and wasn't able to capitalize, missing a 45 yard field goal.

The 0-0 tie finally broke late in the 2nd quarter and the flood gates opened.

With four minutes left in the 1st half, Hamilton RB Austin Lowe punched the ball in for Hamilton. 7-0.

Hamilton's defense continued to play tough, forcing another three-and-out and then blocking the Centennial punt. J.J parson blocked the punt for Hamilton while Ty Reynolds scooped and scored to put Hamilton up 14-0.

With 14 seconds left in the half, Hamilton fumbled the ball and Centennial LB John Rincon recovered and ran it in to get the Coyotes on the board.

14-7 at the half.

Hamilton would score on two of their first three series of the second half and it looked like the route was on. Lockhart hooked up with Kaleb Pitts on a 73 yard bomb and then hit Jawhar Jordan on a screen that Jordan took to the house. 28-7 midway through the 3rd quarter.

Centennial would bounce back in a hurry. RB Quentin Gomez raced 69 yards for a score and then Hamilton fumbled the kickoff and Centennial QB Isaac Steele ran in on the next play. PAT was no good but we had a 28-20 ball game headed into the 4th quarter.

With all of the momentum, Centennial's defense forced a punt but thei offense fumbled the ball away. Hamilton took advantage this time, kicker DYlan Brown nailed a 47 yard field goal to give Hamilton a 31-20 lead.

Brown came in clutch again, hitting a 44 yarder after the Hamilton defense forced a turn over on downs. 34-20.

The Coyotes wouldn't go away Isaac Steele marched his team down the field, getting a big gain on a scramble and then hitting Anthony Ramirez from 32 yards out to cut Hamilton's lead to 34-27 with 4 minutes left to play.

Hamilton would go three-and-out and things got exciting.

With 3 minutes left in the game and the ball at their own 15 yard line, Centennial was able to move the chains on a Steele to Marcel Perez pass, on a Steele run and on a pass interference call. But the offense stalled, turning it over on downs.

Hamilton would take a knee and claim the 34-27 victory over Centennial.

Bottomline

These are two very good teams and don't be surprised to see them play again deep in the playoffs. Centennial made way too many mistakes on special teams and with penalties to beat Hamilton at home

Hamilton's defense is top notch and their offense is much better then people give it credit for.

This is how a game of two highly ranked teams should be, exciting and down to the wire.

Game Ball

Hamilton QB Travis Lockhart had 2 TD passes, kicker Dylan Brown hit two very long field goals and I think Hamilton's defense led by Garrett Rand played very well.


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