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Posted: Saturday, November 5, 2005 12:19 am | Updated: 8:49 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Their games aren't exactly thrillers, but nobody among the Hamilton Huskies seems to care much.

The Huskies, fought off a tough battle by Chandler early, then took command before halftime and rolled to a 42-14 5A Fiesta Region win.

The win might be costly, though, as star defensive back Colin Parker suffered a right knee injury that could end his season, though coach John Wrenn said he hoped the injury was nothing more than a sprain.

Running back Cody Engelbrecht was moved to say, "We dedicated this win to him.

"He's a great kid, a great student, a great athlete. I'm proud of the scoreboard, and I hope he's proud, too."

Wrenn expressed pleasure that his team prevented a potent Chandler offense, which consistently moved the ball but had trouble punching the ball in the end zone, from scoring until the game had been decided.

"And our offense did what we had to do," he said.

Overall, "I'm very happy.

"We're going to get better," he said of his undefeated team.

But where can they improve?

"I'm sure I'll find something on film," he said.

Chandler coach Jim Ewan expressed disappointment that his team worked hard yet had to settle for a 4-6 (2-3 Fiesta) season.

The Wolves had one of the most brutal schedules in the state, and Ewan joked that the phrase "We'll play anyone, anywhere, anytime," sounds good at a coaching clinic, but that, "I've got to get it out of my vocabulary."

Ewan lamented that the Wolves' season might have been different had they been able to hold on to a 24-14 opening game lead in the fourth quarter against Horizon.

Nevertheless, he said, "I'm proud of the kids. We competed. We battled."

He also predicted that Hamilton (10-0, 5-0) and Westwood would meet in the state title game, but that dream matchup would happen in the semifinals according to the Tribune's projected matchups.

For Hamilton, Engelbrecht ran 101 yards on 16 carries.

Quarterback Colby Harris passed 130 yards, completing 8-of-16 passes.

Receiver Kerry Taylor had an outstanding game, catching six passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. He also threw a 28-yard touchdown pass.

The Wolves didn't allow the Huskies to score until late in the first quarter, when quarterback Harris scored on a 3-yard run.

The biggest blow for a close game probably came immediately afterward, when the Wolves put together an impressive drive, running up five first downs, only to have a pass picked off in the end zone by the Huskies' Clark Lamb.

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