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No. 3 Hamilton vs. No. 2 Chandler (Div. I)

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No. 3 Hamilton vs. No. 2 Chandler (at Highland H.S.):  This could be every bit as scintillating as Mountain Pointe-Desert Ridge, a combination of Div. I semifinal games which have the makings of being the best we’ve seen in years. The monkey off Chandler’s back is palpable after beating Hamilton earlier in the regular season, and the Wolves have been as unstoppable as Mountain Pointe and Desert Ridge the past six weeks (basically since the Wolves were hammered by Mountain Pointe early in the season). Hamilton, however, is healthy, and the defense and running game the Huskies use to keep the ball away from the opposition was back in form against Pinnacle in last week’s quarterfinals win. Chandler’s defense has held its own better than any Wolves’ version in recent years, but a potentially soggy or sloppy field might favor the Huskies if rain comes into play. There are plenty of reasons why Chandler should and deserves to win this game, but there are plenty of reasons why it’s difficult to see Hamilton losing twice to the same team in the same season. Whichever teams blinks first (ie. turnovers) will fall, and Hamilton’s defense is going to come out firing.

Prediction:  Hamilton 24, Chandler 22

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