Hamilton tramples Falls with rushing attack, 42-14
Chargers get vengeance for last year
Every year when they meet, it's something special. On Sept. 20 between the hedges at Stan Grove Field, it also marked the triumphant return of the Sussex Hamilton football team following a rough loss one week earlier.
Hamilton broke open a 14-14 tie with 13 seconds remaining before intermission in the annual border battle with Menomonee Falls. After the Indians were forced to punt on fourth down, the snap sailed several feet over the Indians' punter, who was in full retreat and downed the ball at the Menomonee Falls 4-yard line. On the next play, head coach John Damato called on his big-time fullback and senior Drew Patterson who slammed in for the touchdown.
Tie for second in GMC
From there it was all Hamilton, which scored another 21 unanswered points in the second half, to ultimately cruise past its arch-rival, 42-14. It was a stunning score against a Falls team that came in with a 4-0 overall record, one week after Hamilton scuffled against Brookfield East.
The Chargers, Falls and Brookfield Central now all hold 2-1 records in the Greater Metro Conference, with Marquette (3-0) leading the way. The Indians will try to bounce back and maintain a shot at the GMC title when they host Wauwatosa East (0-5) on Friday in their homecoming game at 7 p.m.
Friday's game was a case of turnabout is fair play from last year's rip-roaring, 24-21 upset by Falls over a then-unbeaten Chargers team.
Hamilton, which outgained the Indians in total offense 444-292, got three touchdowns from junior wing back Isaiah Webb on runs of 57 yards, 61 yards and five yards. He ended up rushing 10 times for 188 yards in the game. Patterson, who also scored on a 9-yard run in the first quarter with 1:01 showing on the clock, had 28 touches for 153 yards.
Line gets credit
Those kinds of ground gains are impressive but wouldn't be possible without the services of guys along the offensive line like junior Patrick Jene, sophomore Jacob Merkel, junior Mike Fryda and senior Zach Gaatz.
"The O-line did a fantastic job tonight," junior quarterback Mike Barnes said. "They never get the credit they deserve. They do all the dirty work nobody wants to do."
Barnes threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to junior wing back Tyler Davis on fourth and 5 with 1:05 to play in the third quarter.
Menomonee Falls got 199 yards and a touchdown from senior running back Christian Almonte. The other touchdown for the Indians was a pass play from senior quarterback Adam Vechart to senior split end Daniel Dahlke covering 11 yards.
On defense, the Chargers got outstanding containment on the outside from senior defensive backs Ryan Warzon and Mark Radcliffe, in on several tackles that forced the Indians to second- and third-down and long situations. Senior defensive lineman Bryce Figueroa took away a lot of running room for the Indians as the game wore on. Senior linebacker Noah Nagel led the team with seven and a half tackles.
The Chargers held Vechart to just three-of-15 passing for only 39 yards.
"We didn't make plays when we had to and tonight Hamilton beat us up," Menomonee Falls head football coach John Baker said. "Hats off to them. They made plays and they executed, playing a great football game."
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