It’s an old axiom that “offense fills the seats, but defense wins
championships.” The Hamilton High School Huskies managed to take care
of both ends of the equation in winning the 5A-I Arizona football
Hamilton slammed the door on another football
season with a 35-0 win over Mesa High School, giving fans an offensive
treat with a 22-point outburst in the third quarter. Their offensive
domination included 25 first downs and combined 364 of passing and
running, along with a focused defensive effort that allowed just four
yards rushing and forced six turnovers.
The Huskies were heavily
favored to repeat as state champs, but the first half of the game had
Mesa thinking upset, as Hamilton didn’t score a touchdown until less
than a minute before the first half expired – and they did that off an
interception by Devon Carrington that was returned 60 yards for the score to make it 10-0 at intermission.
But the third quarter was the undoing of the Jackrabbits, as Hamilton
run up 22 more points and put the game out of reach. The win also
capped the first undefeated season in school history.
Both quarterbacks were efficient: Hamilton’s Dallin Parker was 11-for-21 for 183 yards and Mesa’s Travis Dean
went 15-for-24 for 194 yards. But the Hamilton defense kept the Mesa
offense on the sidelines for all but 15 minutes, allowing just eight
This was only the second time all season that Mesa
allowed 30 points or more – and that was also to Hamilton in a 43-22
loss. But this was the one that hurt the most.