Chargers too much for West Allis Central
Hamilton's Bryce Figueroa (left) reaches out and grabbing West Allis Central quarterback Will Konecny and throws him for a loss when the two teams met Friday. Photo by: Russ Pulvermacher
The Hamilton football team was in command Sept. 6 in the Greater Metro Conference opener against West Allis Central, winning 49-8, a victory that moved Hamilton to 2-1 on the season.
Drew Patterson rushed 12 times for 232 yards and three touchdowns, including gains of 11, 49 and 78 yards against the Bulldogs.
Isaiah Webb had four carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
Mike Barnes connected with Chris Woodall on a 31-yard touchdown pass. Tyler Davis rushed three times for 28 yards and a score.
Defensive leaders included Noah Nagel, Sean Coady, Mark Radcliffe, Ben Kinowski and Kelton Corcoran.
"I was extremely proud of the kids' preparation coming into this game, and proud of the coaching staff getting the team prepared," Hamilton head football coach John Damato said. "Everyone worked hard, and it showed on the field Friday."
Patterson, one of the state's highly regarded rushers, drew high praise from his head coach, a former running back himself at Hamilton and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
"Drew was simply outstanding," Damato said.
And so was the offensive line, led by Zach Gaatz, Mike Fryda and Brad Biswell. Patterson's run of 49 yards for touchdown early in the third quarter initiated the running clock, with Hamilton ahead by a 35-0 count. Central scored its only points of the game on a touchdown with five minutes to play.
Twenty different players were in on tackles for the Chargers, who visit Brookfield East on Thursday, with television cameras from local channel 24 watching.
"Brookfield East is athletic, a team built around speed," Damato said. "It is going to be another big challenge for us."
That game, which takes place at 7 p.m., is a rematch from last year's overtime thriller won by East, ensuring the Spartans would close down the regular season with an undefeated record. Hamilton's two league losses, coming by a combined four points, came against its opponents over the next two weeks — East and a Menomonee Falls squad that will pay the Chargers a visit Sept. 20.
Now with 429 yards for the year, Patterson once again ranks among the area's top rushing threats.
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