Highland Hawks vs Hamilton Huskies from August 30, 2019.
In a game that came down to the final second, it was the Hamilton Huskies and their defense that prevailed over the Highland Hawks 31-24 in Chandler on Friday night. The Huskies move to 2-0 on the season while the Hawks fall to 1-1.
Hamilton’s offense struck first when Quarterback Nick Arvay found Brenden Rice in the end zone for his first touchdown pass of the game. Rice, the 4 star recruit with over 20 Division 1 offers, finished the game 6 receptions, 67 yards and 1 touchdown.
Highland started Sophomore Gage Dayley at Quarterback behind an inexperienced offensive line with zero returning starters from the previous year. The Hawks relied on the run game early led by Running Backs Max Davis and Daniel Wood. Davis would finish the game with 119 yards rushing on just 11 carries and Wood finished with 38 yards on the ground, a rushing touchdown and made some big plays defensively for the Hawks at Linebacker.
Hamilton led Highland 10-7 at halftime.
Both offenses came out clicking to start the second half, each team would score a pair of touchdowns 3rd quarter. The Huskies were led by Senior Running Back Gabe Armenta as he rattled off several big runs in the 3rd quarter. Armenta would finish with 137 yards on 10 carries and adding 2 touchdowns. The Hawks passing game would come alive in the 2nd half. Dayley would link up with Zach Schroeder and Tanner Crandall for touchdowns. Dayley ended the night 11/17 with 196 yards passing, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
With the game tied late in the 4th quarter, Hamilton drove 50 yards down the field and Arvay found Senior Kaden Hattendorf for the game-winning touchdown. Hattendorf finished with 4 receptions, 58 yards and 1 touchdown. Arvay took home player of the game honors after completing 27 passes on 34 attempts with 282 yards, 2 touchdowns and added 33 rushing yards.
With less than a minute left, the Hawks put together a drive that got them into the redzone with 1 second left on the clock. On the last play of the game, the Huskies team defense stopped the Hawks on the 1-yard line to secure the victory.
Highland will look to get back on track next week when they play at Boulder Creek. Hamilton will host Arbor View (NV) in a tough out of state matchup.
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