Start to finish, it was a thorough domination.
Hamilton whooped Red Mountain in the trenches, with its speed, with its size and with its share of fortunate bounces as part of the Huskies' 37-0 shellacking that not only ruined Red Mountain's homecoming, but served notice (in case any was needed) that the Huskies have no plans to cast away their 35-game winning streak anytime soon.
With this victory, the last Fiesta Region title went to the usual suspects, and the Huskies (10-0, 4-0 Fiesta Region) essentially clinched the No. 1 seed in the 5A Division I playoffs in two weeks.
Mauled up front by the Huskies' offensive line, the Lions' only victory on the night was the coin toss. Even then, Red Mountain deferred to the second half, kicked off to the Huskies, and would up with 15 offensive plays from scrimmage in the first half.
Four of those went for zero or negative yardage, two of those were turnovers and another was a sack. It was Hamilton's second consecutive shutout.
"Until you line up against them you don't really know how good they are," Red Mountain coach Ron Wisniewski said. "I don't think they're really 37 points better than we are, but they were (Friday)."
Huskies coach Steve Belles agreed and let Wisniewski know as much some 15 minutes after the game ended, even as his Hamilton team held the ball for nearly 20 of the game's first 24 minutes. The running game churned out first downs and wore down Red Mountain (6-3, 1-3). Kyren Poe hit Tanner Clay for a few big gains to keep everyone honest.
Poe ran for 72 yards and a touchdown, and threw for 102 yards and a score. Jai Johnson finished with 52 yards and a score, as four different Huskies found the end zone on the ground.
The one time Red Mountain thought it had a play, Hamilton's Malcolm Holland (who also had an interception) turned a dropped backwards pass (a fumble) into a 26-yard run by motoring all the way across the field.
"It was one of those nights where everyone did their job," Holland said. "We're having fun right now."
The Huskies were equally domineering defensively. With two safeties deep and six guys around the line of scrimmage, the Lions still couldn't run the ball, and a couple early interceptions gave Hamilton the ball even longer.
The Lions must face a red-hot Desert Vista squad next week as the Fiesta foes battle for seeding and a possible home playoff game, and the sullen Lions know they have to put this misery behind them quickly.
"That showed you what kind of kids they have," Wisniewski said, referencing the Holland play and 50 other snaps in which the Huskies bullied the Brown Road boys. "Somehow he still ends up at the goal line. Their speed puts them in great positions."