Penney back in Class 1 title game

By Matt Gleaves The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: November 17, 2012 - 11:28 PM

SALISBURY, Mo. — Hamilton’s players know about the experience of playing for a state championship. They also know what early playoff disappointment feels like.

The Hornets secured a chance to play for a third state title in four years with a 48-0 Class 1 semifinal win against Salisbury on Saturday afternoon at Howard Menze Field. Many of Hamilton’s current seniors were reserves or bit players on the Hornets’ 2010 state championship.


Make no mistake, going back to St. Louis for a shot at a title of their own means a lot.

“I can speak for all of us when I say there is nothing better than getting to state again,” said Hamilton running back Derrick Hughes, who ran for 186 yards and four touchdowns against Salisbury.

Hamilton will see a familiar foe, even more familiar than the Hornets with playing at Edward Jones Dome.

Valle Catholic (12-2) awaits in next week’s Class 1 Show-Me Bowl. Hamilton beat the

Warriors in the same game in 2009 before the Hornets shifted up to Class 2, winning another state title in 2010 and losing in the quarterfinals last year. Valle Catholic won each of the past two Class 1 state championships.

Hamilton now takes its shot to reclaim the crown from Valle Catholic, after hammering the state’s No. 8 team.

Making a 14th playoff appearance in 15 years, Salisbury (12-2) came into semifinals tasked with slowing the Hornets’ vaunted rush attack in search of a first state title game bid since 1998.

Hamilton’s offense had to wait for its chance to put points on the board. For the rest of the story click here.