Red Mountain v. Hamilton

Huskies defense shuts out Red Mountain and knocks off another undefeated opponent

The Hamilton Huskies once again held off a challenger to their throne, defeating Red Mountain 23-0 at Hamilton Thursday night.

 

Game Summary:

 

The Huskies won the toss and deferred. Red Mountain received the opening kickoff, with Hamilton choosing to take the moderate wind at their backs for the first quarter. The Lions started with 3 passes, a deep incompletion, a 5 yard dump off to Jarison Johnson, and an overthrown pass to the right flat. From punt formation, the snap went over Derek Mendoza's head. Mendoza alertly booted the ball out the back of the end zone for a safety, making it 2-0, 46 seconds into the game.

 

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 Red Mountain at the Husky 38.

 

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 Hamilton. The Huskies then ate almost 6 minutes off the clock in driving the ball to the Lions 40 before the drive stalled. The resulting punt had Red Mountain at their own 22 with 8:27 left in the first half.

 

The two teams traded turnovers, with Perkins tossing an interception to Ryan Milus, and Greg Gutierrez recovering a Nathan Jeffrey fumble for Red Mountain. The Lions picked up one first down before a false start penalty thwarted the drive. The ensuing punt pinned Hamilton back at their own 12 with 2:22 left until halftime.

 

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 6:49 mark. Red Mountain got 2 first downs to get out to the 36, and appeared to be on the move, but a busted play resulted in a 13 yard loss and killed the drive.

 

Hamilton proceeded to drive to their second and final offensive touchdown of the night, driving 67 yards in 9 plays. The big play was a Peters to Tim Fowler 23 yard pass on 3rd and 4. The touchdown was scored on a 7 yard pass from Justin Peters to Drew Terrell, making the score 23-0 with 37.7 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.

 

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. Hamilton ran out the remaining 1:13, but not before Red Mountain lineman Anthony Smith suffered what appeared to be a left arm or shoulder injury.

 

Bottom Line:

 

The early special team's miscues by the Lions put Red Mountain in an early hole. The arm of Justin Peters was the difference for the Husky offense. The Lions, while able to move the ball fairly decently on the ground (49 carries for 170 yards) could not sustain it enough to get on the scoreboard. The Lion's passing game was shut down, as Aaron Ellsworth was held to one catch.

 

Game Balls:

 

Red Mountain:

 

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.

 

Hamilton:

 

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 "Mississippi" Jones, Justin Rosales, Elliott Harper, and Michael Sylvestre.


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