by: Julia Rivera
The Hamilton High School football team took down Middletown High School 34-10 on Friday night. The Big Blue advances to 5-4 on the season and 2-4 in the Greater Miami Conference.
The first quarter was uneventful with neither team scoring. Hamilton got on the board first when Zach Reece had a 77 yard run with 10:18 remaining in the second quarter. The Big Blue defense held strong but with :50 left in the quarter, the Middies were able to get into field goal position. Cole Smith made the 27 yard attempt to bring the score to 7-3 going into halftime.
The Middletown offense came out strong in the third quarter, scoring on the opening drive. The Middies moved the chains and Diondre Cooper scored on a 10 yard run to give his team the 10-7 advantage. Towards the end of the quarter the Big Blue started gaining momentum that continued into the fourth quarter. With 1:19 remaining, junior Johnny Jones ran the ball up the right side for a 27 yard gain. Maleek Jarrett scored from one yard out to bring the lead back to the Big Blue.
Hamilton blew the open in the final quarter courtesy of a big play. Eric Jackson scored from a yard out after hitting Myles Howard for a 43-yard gain to put the Big Blue up 21-10. Johnny Jones returned a punt 37 yards for a score to give Hamilton a 28-10 lead before Dominic Johnson had a 54-yard pick-6 to end the scoring.
Friday’s win also marked back-to-back wins over the Middies, enabling the Big Blue to hang onto the traveling Butler Bowl trophy.
“We’ll take it,” Hamilton coach Chad Murphy said. “We want to hang onto that trophy. That trophy sat in the middle of our practice field all week. We like it right here.”