The Hamilton High School varsity football team defeated Princeton High School Friday night 21-14 after coming off a hard loss to Lakota East. Hamilton improves to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the Greater Miami Conference.
Head coach Chad Murphy said: “That was probably personally my worst loss as a head coach. For us to overcome that adversity from last week then be able to come out here and start fast and jump on a very good 5-1 football team, I’m really proud of how our kids responded.”
The game started slow, with five punts but Hamilton’s defense stayed strong, backing Princeton into their own 15 yard line multiple times. Hamilton capitalized on the stoppage, going on a 48 yard run and with 2:10 left on the clock in the first quarter, junior Zach Reece scored on a 1 yard run.
Princeton answered with a trip to the red zone, but junior Maleek Jarrett picked off Princeton’s Solomon Reed and ran it back 85 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0 as the quarter ended. Princeton continued to fight, in the second half but to no avail. On fourth-and-5 from the Hamilton 7, Reece came up with a touchdown-saving tackle, bringing down Reed just inches short of the first down.
Princeton bounced back in the fourth quarter, scoring on two touchdown passes, with one being a 40 yard pass with 4:58 left. The Vikings attempted an onside kick, but the Big Blue was able to come up with the ball and run down the clock.
Senior Vince Sanford suffered an MCL tear on the final defensive play last week against Lakota East, however the defense stepped up in his place.
“We just played our hearts out for [Sanford], that was really the game plan all along, just play for Vince,” said senior Alex Rivera.
The Big Blue hosts Middleton Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.
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