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Offense clicks for Hamilton in rout of Dobson

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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 11:23 pm

After Hamilton surprisingly started out the season 0-2, many people were ready to write off the Huskies. They proved all doubters wrong, rebounding to reel off five consecutive wins.

Questions still remained, however, about the offense after some struggles this season. After Hamilton’s thrashing of Dobson (1-7) 56-0, those questions too, have been answered.

The Huskies (6-2) dominated from the start, scoring in under two minutes on their opening drive and never looked back from there. The drive, capped off by a 6 yard run by Frankie Felix, was one of four touchdown drives in the first quarter alone by the Hamilton offense.

The Huskies scored on seven of their 10 offensive possessions. The only drives they didn’t score were when quarterback AJ Thigpen threw an interception deep in Mustangs territory, their backup kicker missed a field goal, and the drive that ended in a victory formation.

“It was fun,” said defensive end Qualen Cunningham. “We went out there and did what we had to do. The offense is good. They picked it up tonight. They shelled out for us and that’s all we can ask for.”

Thigpen completed 4 of 5 passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns in limited playing time. He also had a 10 yard touchdown run. Running back Kevin Walters had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs. Receiver Tyler Eggers caught four passes for 68 yards and a touchdown while fellow receiver Israel Simpson also caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown of his own.

“It’s just one of those games where you’ve got to get better,” said receiver Cole Luke, who returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown in the game. “It speaks well for the rest of the team that we were able to get so many guys in and get them some playing time. For the starters, it was important to play well so we could get our 2s and our 3s in.”

Dobson coach George De La Torre was frustrated by the loss, but came away impressed by the play of the Huskies.

“My hat's off to Hamilton," he said. "There are some good teams out there that you know are good and build up a reputation of playing really hard-nosed 5A football, and Hamilton is one of those. They are a tough team to play against. I’m impressed with their overall team speed. It’s pretty neat that our kids just fought and stayed in there.”

Hamilton 28 14 7 7 - 56

Dobson 0 0 0 0 - 0

First Downs- Hamilton- 24 Dobson-12

Rushing- Hamilton- 25-189 Dobson- 24-29

Comp-Att-Int Hamilton- 13-23-1 Dobson- 18-30-1

Passing Yards- Hamilton- 193 Dobson- 112

Fumbles-Lost Hamilton- 1-0 Dobson- 2-2

Penalties-Yards Hamilton- 10-105 Dobson- 8-52

H- Felix 6 run (Sasso run)

H- Walters 1 run (Wichman kick)

H- Eggers 38 pass from Thigpen (Wichman kick)

H- Simpson 23 pass from Thigpen (kick failed)

H- Luke 80 punt return (Wichman kick)

H- Walters 1 run (Wichman kick)

H- Thigpen 10 run (Shultz kick)

H- Hernandez 1 run (Shultz kick)

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[Stats Courtesy of MaxPreps]