Varsity football wins 22-21 overtime thriller to preserve perfect record

Hamilton gathers after their win last week over Holland. The boys look to go 5-0 next week at Hastings.

  • Hamilton gathers after their win last week over Holland.  The boys look to go 5-0 next week at Hastings.
  • Senior QB Nick Kronemeyer looks downfield while scrambling out of the pocket.

The varsity football team won its fourth game in a row, this time over nonconference opponent Forest Hills Northern to go 4-0 on the season. The Hawkeyes are also 1-0 in the OK Green with its win last week over Holland.

Two seniors – running back Tommy Scheur and quarterback Nick Kronemeyer led the Hawkeyes. They also had contributions from Jared Overbeek and Trenton Haverdink offensively and Cameron Stoel and the Buresh brothers, Ethan and Dylan, defensively. Also placekicker Brady Zomer made both of his extra points.

Hamilton Head Coach Chris Myers felt the team displayed several strong points in the game.

“Sticking together and making adjustments and being able to think on our feet in a highly charged emotional setting (helped us),” he said.  “And I thought they kept their composure. And we really had to move things around and our kids did a great job with that.”

The Hawkeyes took the lead first, off a 5 yd touchdown run by Schreur in the 1st quarter and Hamilton’s strong defense prevented the Huskies from scoring until the 3rd quarter, where they tied it up at 7-7.

Hamilton then scored a touchdown to take the lead 14-7 off a run by Kronemeyer, but the Hawks couldn’t quite shake the Huskies when they scored a huge touchdown to tie it up 14-14 with less than two minutes left and neither team having any time-outs.

Forest Hills Northern had the ball first in overtime and scored the go-ahead touchdown on their first play, and followed it up with a successful extra point.

Then Hamilton got the ball, and two plays later Kronemeyer found his way to the end-zone on a 5 yd rush.

The Hawkeyes elected to go for the two point conversion and the win and successful got it and won 22-21.

“We knew we were going for two the whole time, (since) the beginning of overtime,” Kronemeyer said, “Coach asked us if we were going for it and if we scored, we all said yes. We all wanted it.”

The Hawkeyes enjoyed the support they had, especially from the student section.

“It was nice, support is coming out and it’s outstanding. It’s so fun,” said Kronemeyer.

Hamilton will play at Hastings next week Friday with the hopes of becoming 5-0.

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