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Nifty Fifty: Hamilton cruises to 50th straight win

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Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 11:08 pm

Make that 50 down and who-knows-how-many-to-go.

Hamilton ran its nation's-best winning streak to 50 consecutive games on Friday, thumping visiting Corona del Sol, 49-0, in the regular-season finale.

The top-ranked and three-time defending-champion Huskies scored on their first six possessions to take a 42-0 halftime lead.

Blake Kemp threw five first-half touchdown passes and Kendyl Taylor caught three of them as the Huskies (10-0) solidified the top-seed for the Division 1 post-season.

"It's a nice number and will be fun to look back on," Hamilton coach Steve Belles said of the winning streak. "It will be something to remember...whenever this ends."

The Huskies will host No. 16 Surprise Valley Vista in the first round of the Division I playoffs next Friday. The loss ultimately kept Corona (5-5) out of the playoffs.

"I thought we would play a better game," Aztecs coach Tom Joseph said earlier Friday night. "If we would have won we were in. But we didn't and so it's not up to me anymore. I guess we'll see."

Kemp threw for 224 yards in the first half, completing 13 of 16 attempts. His first pass went 48 yards to Just'n Thymes for a 7-0 lead just 22 seconds into the game. After Hamilton held Corona a half-yard short on a 4th-and-2 play near midfield, Taylor made it 14-0 on a 22-yard reception halfway through the first quarter.

"We really thought we were going to have to throw the ball short and force them to come up," Kemp said. "It was surprising a little to get those big plays."

Corona's best scoring chance of the first half came on its next possession, but ended with a botched 44-yard field goal attempt. The Aztecs had moved the ball 53 yards in 12 plays but couldn't finish the drive.

"We bent a little on defense but didn't break," said Belles, whose defense intercepted three passes and also blocked a punt while allowing less than 200 yards.

Hakim Mathieu's short touchdown run made it 21-0 in the second quarter and then consecutive touchdown passes from Kemp put the game out of reach.

Taylor caught a pretty one-handed pass on the endline from a yard out, and then Frankie Felix scored on a 36-yard catch and run on the final play of the first half.

Corona moved the ball to Hamilton's 19-yard-line to begin the second half, but a Jason Churan interception ended the scoring threat.

The Huskies finished with 400 yards on the night despite having the ball only twice in the second half.

"The scary part is I think we are getting better," said senior offensive lineman Devon Finai. "We have some young guys on the line and they are improving every week. We know we can still do more."

In addition to guiding Hamilton's high-octane offense, Kemp has thrown for 2,054 yards giving him the school's single-season yardage record.

"We have improved so much from the beginning of the year," Kemp said. "We know we have to do a better job in practice each week. Sometimes we don't always execute. We know if we can focus better, this offense can get even better."

 

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