Penney stays perfect with win over Lathrop

By Randy Speer The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 2, 2016 - 10:57 PM

Hamilton picked up a 43-20 win over Lathrop Friday night at Alumni Field.

Senior Brock Swindler led the Hornets’ ground attack with a workhorse-like effort of 109 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.

“We knew he was going to have to carry the load and he did great,” Hamilton coach Caleb Obert said.

Swindler got the start with senior running back T.C. East out.

“Brock is a tough guy, he is not somebody who will just roll over and die for you,” Hamilton junior wide receiver LaTroy Harper said. “He has got a lot of heart and I think tonight proved that.”

While Swindler was the workhorse, Harper added the exclamation point to the win on the first offensive possession of the second half for the Hornets.

Harper did his best Tommie-Frazier-versus-Florida impression, spinning out of four would-be Lathrop tacklers for a 20-yard touchdown run out of the Wildcat formation to put Hamilton up 29-7.

“I thought he had a five-yard gain and I said ‘good play’ and then he scored a touchdown,” Obert said.

It was all Hamilton (3-0, 1-0 KCI) from the get-go as the Hornets took the opening drive 48 yards before Swindler danced his way to a three-yard touchdown run.

After forcing a Lathrop turnover on downs, Hamilton was right back to work pounding away at the Mules’ front four. This time it was senior quarterback Jaran Richman who wiggled into the end zone. On the PAT, Hamilton fumbled the snap but the quick thinking Swindler scooped up the ball and rumbled for the unconventional two-point conversion.

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