The Hamilton Huskies once again
held off a challenger to their throne, defeating
The Huskies won the toss and
The ensuing free kick was picked up by Caleve Deboskie and returned down the right sideline 65 yards for a touchdown. Anthony Cascio PAT made it 9-0 with 11:03 on the clock.
The Lions started their 2nd possession from their own 20 and drove to the Huskies 48, where they faced a 4th and 1. Taylor Sare was stuffed at the line of scrimmage by Ruben Rubio to end the drive. The Huskies proceeded to get one first down, but 2 penalties, followed by Gerell Robinson slipping as he rolled right on 3rd down, stalled the drive.
The most bizarre play of the game
followed. The Huskies followed the Lions bad punt snap with one of their own,
sending it over the head of Cascio. After retrieving the ball, he threw a pass
to Dante Alexander, who promptly fumbled the ball to
The Lions converted a
4th and 6 on their next drive, and got to the Husky 18 where they
faced a 3rd and 1 situation. The handoff to Nathan Chavez on a sweep
left spun off his hands and behind his back, resulting in a fumble recovered by
Matt Teresinski of
The two teams traded turnovers,
with Perkins tossing an interception to Ryan Milus, and Greg Gutierrez
recovering a Nathan Jeffrey fumble for
Led by Justin Peters, now at quarterback for his 2nd possession of the game, the Huskies drove 88 yards in 9 plays for their first offensive touchdown. Peters started the drive with a 22 yard scamper, and then finished the drive completing 7 passes in a row. He hit Mike Williams for 12, Drew Terrell for 14, Williams for 6, Robinson for 9, Jeffrey for -1, Covaughn Deboskie for 14, then finished with the touchdown pass of 19 yards to Covaughn to make it 16-0 with just 29.1 seconds remaining. The Lions then ran out the clock to end the first half.
The second half began with another
methodical Husky drive, moving from their 23 to the Lions 31, at which time the
defense stiffened. Gerell Robinson, back at quarterback, once again slipped on a
roll right to end the drive, and came up lame with a left leg injury, which he
would briefly return from in the 4th quarter. The punt that followed
pinned the Lions at their own 11 at the mark.
After the teams traded punts, the Lions had their best drive of the night, driving from their own 14 to the Huskies 26. The big play was a spectacular diving catch by Aaron Ellsworth that covered 41 yards. On 4th and 3, however, Taylor Perkins was stuffed for a 4 yard loss by Justin Rosales.
Two Husky fumbles, both recovered
by Austin Mapes, gave the Lions 2 final chances to score. The first chance was
killed by an offensive pass interference play, and the second chance ended when
Jarison Johnson was stopped on a 4th and 2 from the Husky 9 by, once
again, Justin Rosales.
The early special team's miscues by
the Lions put
Jarison Johnson had 28 carries for 141 yards, with 3 catches for another 9 yards. Defensively, Zach Manis led the team with 10 tackles, David Blare had 9 tackles with 2 forced fumbles, Greg Gutierrez had 8 tackles and a fumble recovery, and Austin Mapes recovered three fumbles.
Justin Peters, with 11 of 14 passes
completed for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns. Covaughn Deboskie had 71 yards on 13
carries, plus 33 yards and a touchdown on 2 catches. Drew Terrell added 5
catches for 55 yards and a score. On defense, the leaders were Anthony