Hamilton survives test with Lawson

By Phil Ervin The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 5, 2012 - 11:44 PM



Visibly stirred after their toughest test of the season, Hamilton’s players trudged solemnly to the home locker room Friday night.

“They were quiet as mice,” an exasperated coach Dave Fairchild said from outside his adjacent office. “You’d have thought we lost the game by the way they looked in here.”

The Class 1 No. 1 Hornets had, in fact, just escaped with a 14-9 victory over Lawson, remaining unblemished and in prime position for a conference title in their KCI Conference debut, but an understanding that futile nights on the ground like this one will be unacceptable moving forward permeated the post-game mood.

“This is definitely a reality check,” said running back

Kellen Overstreet, who accounted for almost half of Hamilton’s offense with a decisive 59-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. “We know we have to do things differently if we want to make it to the big show.”

A hungry, prideful Lawson squad bottled up the Hornets’ rushing attack, holding them to a season-low 68 yards, but watched its chances of an eighth straight league crown or share melt away by the slimmest of margins.

Running back Adam Turpin (21 carries for 95 yards) bulled his way up the middle for a 9-yard touchdown run with 9 minutes, 25 seconds remaining to bring the Cardinals within five points. Loading the box with 10 players as it had all night, Lawson then forced the last pair of eight Hamilton punts. For the rest of the story click here.

Most expressions were grim. Some shocked.