Thursday, December 22, 2016

Varsity football struggles in season opener

Hamilton football opened up the 2013 season against Middleville on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Hamilton had five turnovers including two interceptions in a game where both the offense and the defense struggled, resulting in a 42-20 loss.

“I was very proud of the kids’ effort and their attitude as they continued to fight and play hard, even after the outcome of the game was pretty much decided,” Coach Chad Miller said.

Hamilton never really got their first drive going as the Hawkeyes were backed up to their own 12 yard line when junior quarterback Brady Mudd was blindsided causing a fumble that Middleville ran back the the Hamilton 1 yard line. Middleville made good on their recovery by punching it in on the first play. Hamilton fumbled the ball three times in the first quarter setting the tone for the rest of the game.

In the second quarter Middleville turned over the ball due to a missed field goal, but again the Hamilton offense fumbled the football, which led to another Middleville touchdown. Hamilton finally got on the board thanks to a 38 yard pass from Brady Mudd to Senior Jarred Overbeek. Middleville answered right back though as they marched down field for another rushing touchdown. The Hawkeyes had two more fumbles in the second quarter.  Hamilton found themselves down 21-7 at halftime.

Hamilton opened off the second half with more struggles as Brady Mudd threw a pick leading to another Middleville rushing score. But, Middleville wasn’t done yet as they scored one more time before the quarter ended.

The Hawkeyes only gave up one more touchdown to the TK offense and they found some offense of their own with two touchdown passes, one each to Gerrit Eding and Jarred Overbeek.

Mr. Miler said that while the ground game didn’t show much, the Hawkeyes did throw for 270 yards which was a good sign.

Hamilton needs to make some major adjustments for their game Friday, Sept. 6 against Coopersville.

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