The Hamilton football team was in command Sept. 6 in the Greater Metro Conference opener against West Allis Central, winning 49-8, a victory that moved Hamilton to 2-1 on the season.
Drew Patterson rushed 12 times for 232 yards and three touchdowns, including gains of 11, 49 and 78 yards against the Bulldogs.
Isaiah Webb had four carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
Mike Barnes connected with Chris Woodall on a 31-yard touchdown pass. Tyler Davis rushed three times for 28 yards and a score.
Defensive leaders included Noah Nagel, Sean Coady, Mark Radcliffe, Ben Kinowski and Kelton Corcoran.
"I was extremely proud of the kids' preparation coming into this game, and proud of the coaching staff getting the team prepared," Hamilton head football coach John Damato said. "Everyone worked hard, and it showed on the field Friday."
Patterson, one of the state's highly regarded rushers, drew high praise from his head coach, a former running back himself at Hamilton and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
"Drew was simply outstanding," Damato said.
And so was the offensive line, led by Zach Gaatz, Mike Fryda and Brad Biswell. Patterson's run of 49 yards for touchdown early in the third quarter initiated the running clock, with Hamilton ahead by a 35-0 count. Central scored its only points of the game on a touchdown with five minutes to play.
Twenty different players were in on tackles for the Chargers, who visit Brookfield East on Thursday, with television cameras from local channel 24 watching.
"Brookfield East is athletic, a team built around speed," Damato said. "It is going to be another big challenge for us."
That game, which takes place at 7 p.m., is a rematch from last year's overtime thriller won by East, which ensured the Spartans would close down the regular season with an undefeated record. Hamilton's two league losses, coming by a combined four points, came against its opponents over the next two weeks — East and a Menomonee Falls squad that will pay the Chargers a visit Sept. 20.
Now with 429 yards for the year, Patterson once again ranks among the area's top rushing threats.
Runners' times improving
The trek continued for Hamilton's cross country teams at the Homestead Highlander Invite on Saturday in Saukville.
Hamilton's boys team, finishing 10th, was led by Joshua Desorcy. He was 27th overall with a time of 17:27. Robert Little was 30th at 17:30 and Jacob Storm ended up 48th at 18:18. Eric Downs was right behind Storm in 49th. Steven Smith was the fifth runner for Hamilton at 18:43. Benjamin Burke and Sean Thompson also competed.
Wisconsin Lutheran won the meet, and Shorewood ended up in second place for the boys.
Hamilton's girls finished seventh, paced by Ashlyn Paulson, ninth overall with a time of 16:14. Katlyn Pollari was next for the Chargers at 17:30, and Marie Ammel ended up crossing the finish line in 17:57. Emerson Vesely nearly broke 18 minutes at 18:01, and Hannah Jeffers finished one second behind at 18:02. Erin Heaster and Rachel Jeffers completed the entries for the Chargers.
Wisconsin Lutheran's girls team also won their half of the meet. Franklin finished in second place.
"It's a very strong meet with many of the best cross country teams in Southeastern Wisconsin present," Hamilton head cross country coach Stephen Schmidt said. "Although our teams scores on the boys and girls sides were not as successful as last week, there were many great individual performances."
Schmidt said the boys posted several personal best times, including the effort by Little.
"Robbie has run very strong in his first two races this season," Schmidt said.
The same held true for Pollari.
"Katie shaved 30 seconds off her time from last week," Schmidt said. "That's a great sign."
Golfers fall to Germantown
The Hamilton girls golf team played against Germantown on Sept. 4 at Silver Spring Country Club and fell to the Warhawks, 124-141.
Kelsey Kempen played solo, shooting 46. Lauren Ullmann and Colleen O'Neill played a scramble, shooting 42. Paige Brandt and Paige Cosson shot 53 in their scramble.
"We continue to practice hard and our goal to finish the season is simple: get better," Hamilton head girls golf coach Randy Howard said.
In a Sept. 9 Greater Metro Conference minimeet at Westmoor Country Club, the Chargers took sixth with 214, though Kempen cracked 50 for a second straight mini meet with her round of 48.
Ashley Adams shot 53, while Brandt and Katie Pilo both shot 58.
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