Hamilton shuts out Lawson to advance

By Matt Gleaves
Posted: November 8, 2011 - 11:14 PM

LAWSON, Mo. — Derrick Hughes made his return to the field stand up for Hamilton in Tuesday’s Class 2 sectional against Lawson.

Taken off the field in ambulance six days earlier, Hamilton’s junior leading rusher carried the Hornets to a 27-0 victory at Lawson High School. Hamilton ran its winning streak to 41 games and advanced to the Class 2 quarterfinals for a second straight year.

Hughes left last Wednesday’s regional win against Hogan Prep with a neck injury.

Hamilton coach Dave Fairchild said Hughes would not start before the start of Monday’s sectional game and didn’t include his top running back in the announced starting lineups. Hughes not only started but carried the bulk of the load Tuesday when the game was resumed in the second quarter following Monday’s postponement.

Hughes carried 32 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

“Once I found out that the doctor cleared me to play, (the injury) was out of my mind,” Hughes said. “I didn’t shy away from any contact or anything, and it felt good.”

Lawson committed two turnovers during Monday’s shortened portion of the sectional, and two more Tuesday.

Hamilton took its initial 7-0 lead off one of the turnovers shortly after the scoreless tie resumed when linebacker T.J. Schieber stripped the ball from Lawson running back Benton Maddux. Kellen Overstreet scooped up the ball and scampered 52 yards for the first score and forcing Lawson to play catch up in the drizzly conditions.

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