Westran ends Penney's run in the Class 1 semis
By Jon Dykstra St. Joseph News-Press
Many of the best games come down to inches or seconds. It is rare to have a game decided by both, as was the case for Hamilton in its 48-39 loss to Westran Friday at home.
After a Kellen Overstreet halfback-pass was complete to Jaran Richman with 42 seconds left before halftime, T.C. East lined up for the extra point attempt to give Hamilton a 21-20 lead. As the ball sailed through the uprights as a successful kick, whistles blew and a yellow flag rested on the field.
A dead-ball encroachment foul was called on the try and Hamilton was forced to re-kick because the penalty happened before the snap. East then missed the kick by just inches and the score remained tied at 20.
Overstreet broke a 63-yard run right through the heart of the Westran defense on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. The play gave Hamilton a 26-20 advantage but the extra point was blocked.
Overstreet finished with 303 yards rushing with four touchdowns on 44 carries. He also was 2-for-2 passing for 55 yards and a score.
Westran then used an 11-play drive to reclaim the lead after star quarterback Zane Jacoby plunged into the end zone from 2 yards out. They converted the point after for a 27-26 lead.
After Hamilton choose to pass on second-and-nine and third-and-nine and was forced to punt, Jacoby again scored on a 9-yard scamper to give the visitors an eight-point advantage after the kick.
“I’m proud of our kids, they played hard. We just didn’t have enough on defense,” said Hamilton coach Dave Fairchild.
Overstreet capped a 12-play drive with a 6-yard score to cut the lead to two with 11:36 left in the game. Hamilton decided to go for two.
Instead of giving the ball to the state’s all-time leading rusher, they elected to use Overstreet as a decoy and hand the ball to East. East came up inches short of the goal-line as he stretched out and Hamilton remained down by two.
“We were having good success with that play, and (East) is a tough runner. I’m not going to second-guess it,” said Fairchild. “We thought that was the best chance to get it in there.”
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