Penney rolls Plattsburg heads to semis again

By Cody Thorn The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: November 12, 2016 - 12:17 AM



When the benchmark of a program is winning, not much celebration is needed after securing a berth in the state semifinals.

Hamilton rolled to a 48-21 win against fellow KCI Conference school Plattsburg on Friday night to reach the Class 1 semifinals next Saturday.

This is the fifth straight semifinal berth for the Hornets.

“Well, I think it is a standard for us,” said Hamilton running back Brock Swindler, who finished with 128 yards on 16 carries, of the win. “We don’t want anything less. We are happy with the win, but the semifinals isn’t our goal. We have bigger expectations.”

What team that is next for the Hornets won’t be known until later today. Defending state champions Valle Catholic plays Thayer at 1 p.m., though the No. 1-ranked Warriors won 17-10 last year in this same matchup in the quarterfinals.

A win by Valle would set up a 2015 state championship game rematch in Ste. Genevieve next Saturday.

“After each game you are usually say there is this team next,” Hamilton coach Caleb Obert said. “I wanted to say there are four teams left but there is not, there are still more left.”

Hamilton is the first team to punch a trip to the semifinals. The other three games are today. On the other side of the bracket is Cass-Midway vs. Lincoln and Monroe City vs. Marceline.

The Hornets (13-0) dominated the first half to set the tone for their second win of the year against Plattsburg. The first came on a 42-7 a victory in September.

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