This game had all of the makings of a great season opener. It had the hype. Both teams came into the game nationally ranked coming off of undefeated state championship seasons.
It had the talent. It's not often you get to see two five-star players go ahead to head all night. Scout.com's #1 ranked OG Christian Westerman from Hamilton and DE Jalen Grimble were the headliners for a very talented group of players.
And this game did not disappoint as Hamilton pulled off a 24-17 win in the 4th quarter.
Gorman had the eary season jitters on their first possesion, committing several penalties before punting the ball away. On the first play from scrimmage, Hamilton QB Kyren Poe hit junior wideout Kendyl Taylor on a deep pass that put the Huskies on the 19 yard line. Taylor scored on an 8 yard run a few plays later and Hamilton took a 7-0 lead.
Bishop Gorman calmed down on the next series and put points on the board. RB Shaquille Powell rumbled 68 yards to the Hamilton 18 but a strong defensive stand, led by DE Shaq Jenkins and company held Gorman to a field goal. The first of three in the first half for Colin Ditsworth. 7-3 Hamilton lead.
Penalties and turnovers haunted both teams in the 2nd quarter and Ditworth's 44 and 43 yard field goals were the only points put up by either team the rest of the 1st half. Bishop Gorman took a 9-7 lead into halftime.
Gorman had some momentum going into the 2nd half and caught a break when safety Evan Zeger forced Poe to fumble and Grimble recovered. Unfortunately for the Gorman fans in the stands, the Gaels would not capitalize, punting the ball away to Malcolm Holland who returned it 81 yards for a score to give the Huskies back the lead. 14-9.
Hamilton added to that lead on a 22 yard Tanner Clay field goal early in the 4th quarter. 17-9.
Things got interesting on Gorman's next series. The held the ball for over 10 minutes, drove the field and scored on a 7 yard Powell run, putting them down by 2.
They went for two and sophomore QB Jarrett Solomon dove into the endzone to tie the score up with 3 minutes to play.
Hamilton went right back to work. Poe hit Clay for a 53 yard gain, then senior Jai Johnson rumbled down to the 1 for a 1st and goal Hamilton. Two plays later, Poe got and hamilton secured a 24-17 win.
This game lived up to the hype. It got sloppy at times but that can be expected in a season opener. The game could have gone either way and give props to all of the coaches and players from both teams.
For the Huskies I will go with Malcolm Holland. The DB/WR/Returner made plays in all facets of the game but none were bigger than his 81 yard punt return in the 3rd quarter.
You have to acknowledge Gorman junior RB Shaquille Powell and his 199 yards rushing.
Hamilton v. Bishop Gorman
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