#5 Hamilton v. #6 Chandler

<STRONG>Hamilton gets back on track.</STRONG>

#5 Hamilton 35   #6 Chandler 0

 

Fans have been waiting for this game for weeks but the game lost some of it's luster as both these teams were coming off of recent losses and were looking to regroup for the playoffs.

 

Hamilton opened up quickly and never looked back. Hamilton took their 1st drive the length of the field behind the legs and arm of QB Travis Dixon. He had a 15 yard run and completed a pass to Lucas Kirkland to get them across the 50. He then found WR Mekell Wesley on a 23 yard TD pass to put Hamilton up 7-0 midway through the 1st quarter.

 

The Hamilton defense also got off to a quick start, forcing three 3 and outs on Chandler's 1st three possessions. LB Miles Posz and DE Brian Dean came up big and recorded a couple of tackles for a loss each. After the 3rd possession Mekell Wesley took a Chandler punt 58 yards to pay dirt and make the score 14-0.

 

Late in the 2nd quarter Chandler looked as if they were going to turn things around and starting moving the ball a little bit. But the Hamilton D stepped it up when Jimmy Rogers hit QB Brad Johnson forcing a bad throw and an interception by Colin Parker. Hamilton moved right back down the field behind Dixon and RB Cody Engelbrecht and made the score 21-0 when Dixon ran in from 3 yards out. This is how the half ended.

 

The 2nd half looked like it would get out of hand but the Chandler defense was able to force a few turnovers to stop the Huskies but their offense was never able to get going. Hamilton held Chandler to under 200 yards of total offense.

 

Hamilton made the score 28-0 on a 7 yard Cody Engelbrecht TD run and looked to add more but Dixon threw 2 INTs in the end zone to keep the score a little more respectable. The 1st one was picked off by KB Stevenson and the 2nd by Reno Blomquist. All of this effort was to no avail as the Wolves offense couldn't build off of the momentum.

 

Hamilton would score one more time with their back-ups in the game. Back-up QB Jesse Matlock scored from 14 yards out to make the final Hamilton 35 Chandler 0.

 

Bottom Line: Hamilton looked like they worked out all of the kinks. Their offense was virtually unstoppable. They were able to move the ball up and down the field but a few turnovers kept this game from getting really ugly. The Chandler defense played their butts off but the offense struggled. This puts Chandler on a 2 game losing streak headed into the playoffs.

 

Game Ball: Hamilton WR Mekell Wesley easily had 50 yards receiving in the 1st quarter and a TD. He also took a punt to the house for a second score that broke the game open. Defensively, LB Miles Posz was all over the field.


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