Penney holds off late East Buchanan rally

By Bryce Mereness The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: November 12, 2013 - 12:26 AM



Ryan Kilgore gave second-seeded East Buchanan new life after a 10-yard touchdown with just more than 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The score siphoned the deficit back to six points after perennial state power Hamilton amassed a lengthy, near-game-long advantage, but the seasoned top-seeded Hornets responded with a gut-busting, back-breaking drive that drained nearly 7 minutes off the clock.

 

Hamilton used offensive centerpiece Kellen Overstreet early and often on the pivotal drive on the way to a 40-34 victory Monday night in the Class 1 District 8 championship game at Alumni Stadium.

“That drive was huge,” said Overstreet, who finished the march off with a 10-yard jaunt off left tackle to give Hamilton a 40-26 lead late in the fourth quarter. “It took off time, and we knew we just had to gut it out and pound it at them.”

Hamilton’s starting running back pounded the Bulldogs’ defense throughout the game. The standout junior amassed 201 yards on the ground on a staggering 41 carries, five of which ended in touchdowns, giving him an astounding 13 against East Buchanan this season.

The halfback even kicked off the game’s scoring on a trick play. With the Bulldogs keying on the running back that torched them in the teams’ regular-season meeting — a Hornets 56-18 regular-season finale romp — Hamilton used that aggressiveness to set up a halfback pass.

Overstreet found a wide-open TC East after on a flag pattern from 24 yards out to gave the Hornets (10-2) the game’s first score less than 4 minutes into the game.

“We’d been working on that play all week,” Overstreet said. “Fortunately it worked. We wanted to come out and really get our offense to work.

The Hornets parlayed that

momentum into a sizable lead that stood at 34-14 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. But the Bulldogs (9-3) made a frantic comeback and didn’t relent after Overstreet’s 10-yard run pushed the Hamilton lead advantage back to 14 points with 1 minute, 20 seconds left.

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