Lathrop crushes Penney

By Levi Smith Newspress Now
Posted: September 14, 2018 - 10:17 PM

In early September, the matchup between Hamilton and Lathrop would have been seen as one of the best games in the KCI.

On Friday at Alumni Field, however, the contest went from a tight defensive struggle to an all-around dominating effort from Lathrop, as the Mules took down the Hornets by a score of 78-6.

Mules coach Chris Holt was quick to point out however that the game didn’t start quite the way he wanted as the Hornets (2-2) were able to hold Lathrop (4-0) to a three-and-out on the opening drive.

It was Lathrop’s first punt of the season.

“During that first series we weren’t quite ready to go, weren’t dialed in," Holt said. "But I think we realized that we’re too much of a veteran ball club to play like that, so once we got a few long runs, it just started clicking.

“We’ve been running the same offense for four years and the kids really understand it, and that helps us get in a rhythm.”

Offensive execution was at its pinnacle for the Mules as Lathrop’s old-school rushing attack chewed up the field for big runs all night. Every misdirection seemed to stymie the Hornets, every power run seemed to pick up all the tough yards, and the passing game pulled off a few big plays of their own.

An emphatic run came at the very end of the first half, when bruising fullback Justin Wright broke free for a 67-yard run right up the middle of the Hamilton defense to give the Mules a 56-0 lead and a running clock in the second half.

Wright noted the effort of the team’s bench to extend their lead.

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