Jackets drop like flies

By Jon Robert Page


This past Friday, the 2-0 Hamilton Aggies sought to cap off their Homecoming festivities with a win over the 0-2 Curry Yellow Jackets. From the opening kickoff to the final snap, the Aggies dominated the Yellow Jackets, resulting in a final score of 33-8. The Aggies received possession to start the game, and four plays turned into three first downs for Hamilton. On second and 10, Aggie Brett Coleman found receiver Bryant Loving for the completion. Loving’s shook off a Yellow Jacket defender for a 38-yard touchdown. After a missed PAT and still 10:06 left in the first stanza, Hamilton took the early lead 6-0. Curry’s first possession was empty as they punted back to the Hamilton offense. On the fourth play of the following drive, Hamilton’s Thomas Angel was given the ball and followed his blockers upfield before racing past the Curry secondary for a 51-yard score for the Aggies. After another missed PAT, the Aggies widened the gap to 12-0 with 7:16 left in the first quarter. Curry’s drive was smothered by the Aggie defense, as on third and 15, the Aggies forced and recovered a fumble in the backfield. The Hamilton offense wasted no time in getting started again. This time Matthew Coleman took it upon himself to score. Following a stiff arm in the backfield, Matthew Coleman went to the races 42-yards up the sideline. His speed was unmatched by the Curry defense, and with a good kick and still 4:03 before the second quarter, the Aggies extended their lead to 19-0 over Curry. On the third play of Curry’s next drive, Hamilton’s Jayden Hatcher made an interception to retake possession of the ball. Aggie Dawson Taylor was called upon next and produced several first downs for the Hamilton offense. This trend continued into the second quarter, where Taylor plowed through Curry’s defensive front for the Aggie touchdown. The proceeding kick split the uprights as the Aggies went up 26-0 over the Yellow Jackets. The Curry offense fumbled in the backfield, and it was recovered by Matthew Coleman, who picked the ball up in stride and sprinted upfield. A confused Curry squad had no reaction to his 71-yard touchdown, and a good PAT upped the score to 33-0 for the Aggies with 9:51 left before halftime. Both teams traded fruitless drives for the rest of the half, and the third quarter was a punt exchange as well. In the fourth quarter, the Aggie offense found itself with a first and goal opportunity, but a goal line stand and a third-down fumble allowed the Curry offense to take over at their own 10-yard line. The Curry offense marched down the field, piling up first downs in the process. Following a drive that lasted a majority of the fourth quarter, a Curry completion from Nicholas Williams to Blake Sargent resulted in a 36-yard touchdown. A successful two-point conversion cut the lead to a score of 33-8 with 3:38 left in the ball game. The Aggies used the next possession to burn the clock, securing a spotless 3-0 record. This Friday, Hamilton will face off against the Oak Grove Tigers away for a chance to extend their winning streak. For the now 0-3 Yellow Jackets, they will search for the first win of the season as they host the Fayette County Tigers at home. Offense stats Matthew Coleman completed 10 of his 16 pass attempts for 112-yards and a touchdown, as well as picking up 102-yards and two touchdowns through five carries. Thomas Angel had 116-yards and a touchdown on 10 rushes while kicking three PATs for the Aggies, and Dawson Taylor had six rushes with 37-yards and a touchdown. Bryant Loving had three receptions for 53-yards and a touchdown, while Brett Coleman had 47-yards and five catches. Demichael Pickett made a reception for 11-yards, and Adam Frost had eight yards through a catch. Layne Taylor had 20-yards on 10 rushes, and Seth Ables completed his only pass attempt for 11-yards. Josh Franks had a reception for four yards. Defense stats Thomas Angel, Ethan Ledbetter and Elijah Dollar led the Aggies in tackles with four each, and Jayden Hatcher had an interception with a tackle for the game. Brett Coleman, Devin Vazques, Adam Frost, Kevin McBride, Ricardo Corado, Will Shotts and Brayden Knight all had two tackles, followed by Seth Ables, Dawson Taylor, Josh Franks, Matthew Coleman, Jase Taylor, James Owen, and Austin Guyton, who each had one tackle apiece.

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