Hogan Prep falls short in upset bid

By Matt Gleaves The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: November 2, 2011 - 10:56 PM

HAMILTON, Mo. — Even without star running back Derrick Hughes, Hamilton found a way to stage an exhilarating comeback Wednesday night.

Running back Kellen Overstreet scored touchdowns on consecutive handoffs late in the fourth quarter against Hogan Prep to lead Hamilton to a 13-12 last-ditch victory. The Hornets overcame a 12-0 deficit at Hamilton High School, doing it without Hughes, who had run for 1,906 yards and 28 touchdowns in 10 games.

Hughes went down with an injury midway through the third quarter of Hamilton’s 40th consecutive win, and was taken off the field on a backboard and into an ambulance.

“Our boys did a hell of a job tonight,” Hamilton coach Dave Fairchild said. “For them to hang in there and play through these tough conditions showed a lot tonight.”

Overstreet’s first touchdown run provided a spark of life to a rather lifeless offense. His second proved the difference.

The 6-foot, 170-pound freshman took a handoff from fellow freshman and quarterback Drew Finch, bounced off two defenders before finally falling into the end zone after a 30-yard run. The score gave Hamilton its first lead of the game with 3 minutes, 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

“I was just thanking God because I didn’t think that I was going to make it past the first guy let alone make it in the end zone,” said Overstreet, who finished with 78 yards rushing.

Devan Hughes and Overstreet split duties trying to fill Derrick Hughes’ absence. The two combined for 161 yards, including Devan Hughes’ 47-yard scamper down the Hamilton sideline to set up Overstreet’s first score.

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