Penney rolls Gallitan to stay perfect

By Matt Gleaves The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 31, 2012 - 11:32 PM

Hamilton’s three-back offense operates on the players’ physical nature, and for the first two quarters, Gallatin matched the Hornets’ brute force up front.


After keeping Hamilton (11-0) within a touchdown much of the first half, Gallatin’s offense took the field to open the third frame with hopes of drawing even at 14.

“At halftime we just talked about leaving whatever happened in the first half out there and coming out like it was a brand new game,” said Hamilton senior all-state running back Derrick Hughes, who ran for 217 yards. “(Gallatin) doesn’t have a bad line, but it really helped getting them worn out.”

Down a touchdown, Gallatin went three-and-out to open the second half, and Hughes punched in a 25-yard touchdown run six plays later to distance the Hornets to 21-7.

Two series later, sophomore Kellen Overstreet also saw the rewards of a tired Gallatin defense when the running back streaked past the Gallatin secondary, catching a 29-yard strike from quarterback Drew Finch to extend Hamilton’s lead to 28-7.

Overstreet also scored on the following Hamilton possession, going 22 yards untouched on a rare carry, giving the Hornets a commanding lead.

Hamilton tacked on another late score on Devan Hughes’ 45-yard scamper with just less than 4 minutes remaining.

“We just flat out started blocking better (in the second half),” Hamilton coach Dave Fairchild said. “It really helps if you block. This time of the year, you can’t afford to not pay attention to what’s going on out there.” For the rest of the story click here.

The Bulldogs couldn’t find the energy to keep up the fight in the second half of Wednesday’s Class 1 District 8 semifinal. Hamilton ran over its chief rival in the second half on the way to a 41-13 win at Hamilton High School.