Hamilton 42 Westwood 14

Hamilton Shoots for 3rd Straight Title

A standing room only crowd showed up at Mesa Mt. View to watch the two undefeated teams remaining in 5A I football.  Many observers felt this semi-final matchup between Westwood and Hamilton was the state championship a week early.  All this hype soon met with reality as Hamilton quickly posted two first quarter scores and never looked backed on the way to a 42-14 win and another visit to the title game.


In the first, Hamilton scored on their opening drive marching eighty yards for the score. The balanced attack saw passes to Kerry Taylor and a lot of option.  The drive was capped when RB Lucas Kirkland scored from five yards out on a nice cross buck play.  PAT good.  Hamilton up 7-0.  On the next possession, Westwood once again was forced to punt and Hamilton this time moved eighty-one yards for the score.  The big play of the drive was a thirty-three yard run on a reverse by WR Zack Hanneman.  Again the drive culminated with a touchdown by Kirkland, this time a TD reception from QB Colby Harris, six yards on sprint right.  PAT good. 

14 –0 Hamilton.


The 2nd quarter would see Hamilton score on their next possession.  This time a TD run by Colby Harris was set up by a fifty-nine yard scamper by Cody Engelbrecht.  With the PAT Hamilton 21 Westwood 0.  Later in the quarter, Westwood threatened but was stopped on fourth and goal from the nine yard line.  Hamilton would get inside the Westwood fifteen two more times in the first half only to fumble the ball.  Making the score at half 21 to 0 Hamilton.


Any hope of a comeback was dispelled early in the 3rd quarter as Cody Engelbrecht scored the first of three 2nd half TDs on a twenty-five yard score.  With the PAT Hamilton 28- Westwood 0.


On the next possession, Westwood would get on the board with a nice thirty-six yard catch and run by Jay Leal from Brice Wilkins.  The excited Warrior fans would soon come back to reality as on the next possession a nice pass from Harris to Hanneman set up an eleven yard TD run for Engelbrecht.  Score Hamilton 35 Westwood 7.


The fourth would see one more Westwood TD pass this time Wilkins to Paul Mallory on a nifty throw to the corner of the endzone with 9:07 left in the game.  But following the theme for the night Hamilton scored four minutes later on an Engelbrecht run.  Making the final score Hamilton 42 Westwood 14.


Bottom Line: The Hamilton lines controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage.  Hamilton was efficient and ran the ball when needed against the Westwood D.  On D Hamilton kept everything in front of them and contained the speedy Warrior squad. Hamilton made tackles all night in the open field often one on one to keep Wilkins from making big plays. I have to give a shout out to the big guys. It is no coincidence that the two best offensive lines I have seen this year belong to Hamilton and Brophy as these units lead their teams to the state game.


Game Ball:  Cody Engelbrecht.  The RB made big runs almost on cue to keep Westwood out of the game.  Last year Engelbrecht took a back seat to the Dixon/Wesley combo and this year the Hamilton D has gotten most of the press but Engelbrecht may be the key component in what could be a third straight title for Hamilton.  A special game ball goes out to Joe Jackson.  Although he was not at the game there is no question the Hamilton squad would not let him down.  Currently donations can be made at any Wells Fargo bank to help the Jackson family.  The account name is Hamilton Gridiron for the benefit of Joe Jackson.



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