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5A-I Gameday: Hamilton vs. Mesa

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Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:48 pm | Updated: 1:48 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Statistics and information for Saturday's 5A-I state championship game

Hamilton vs. Mesa

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium

TV/Radio: None/KDUS (1060 AM)

Internet: AIA365.com

Records: Hamilton 13-0, Mesa 9-4

Last meeting: Hamilton 43, Mesa 22

Tickets: $8 for adults, $6 for high school students and younger, free for children age 5 and under

Three things to watch

  1. Hamilton’s running game vs. Mesa’s defense: The Jackrabbits have slowed down some powerful backs this postseason and will get another test this week facing off with Hamilton’s Zach Bauman and Michael Allen. The Jackrabbits have already had to face Derek Molina, Max Leonesio, Davon Jones and DeAndre Currie, so they know what they are up against, but if Mesa can’t contain Bauman and Allen, its chances to win are slim.
  2. Tevin Hood: Hamilton defensive lineman has racked up 101 tackles and 17 sacks this season. Mesa needs to run the ball to shorten this game, but heading Hood’s way could be trouble. If he wreaks havoc in the backfield all night, it could lead to turnovers and mistakes that would put Hamilton in the driver’s seat.
  3. Jaymen Green: He’s only 5-foot-8, 155 pounds but is second on the team in rushing, second in receiving and is tied for the team lead in tackles. Green is one of the spark plugs for the tenacious Jackrabbits, and a big play from him early, whether it be on offense, defense, or special teams, could change the complexion of the game.

Scouting the Huskies

Hamilton running backs Zach Bauman and Michael Allen have combined to rush for more than 2,500 yards and 37 touchdowns this season and are the key to the offense. The passing game isn’t spectacular, but quarterback Travis Dean can beat teams through the air if the box is stacked too heavily against the run. Defensive tackle Tevin Hood and safety Devon Carrington lead a stingy defense that hasn’t allowed a team to score more than 22 points in a game all year. The Huskies are coming off an impressive semifinal win over Chandler last week. Hamilton is attempting to become the first undefeated squad in school history and win its second consecutive 5A-I championship.

Hamilton offense

WR – Ethan Kipili’i

LT – Tyler Johnstone

LG – Gerard Ingallina

C – Saga Aiono

RG – Justin Lalonde

RT – Christian Westerman

TE – Zack Parrish

QB – Travis Dean

RB – Zach Bauman

RB – Michael Allen

WR – Steven Hanson

Hamilton defense

DE – Tevin Hood

DT – Keegan Merrigan

DT – Marcus Neuman

DE – Shaq Jenkins

LB – Davion Johnson

LB – Ben Peters

LB – Tyler Rutt

CB – Chaz Pullam

SS – Devon Carrington

FS – Nic Henson

CB – Cedric Parker

Hamilton special teams

K – Yannick Mets

P – Ben Peters

KR – Kendyl Taylor

PR – Ethan Kipili’i

Hamilton season stats


Name    Comp    Att    Yds    TD    INT

Travis Dean    106    190    1,830    17    4

Kyren Poe    29    41    632    7    1


Name    Att.    Yds    Avg    TD

Michael Allen    125    1,416    11.3    13

Zach Bauman    133    1,136    8.5    24


Name    Rec.     Yds.    TD

Steven Hanson    31    716    8

Zach Bauman    23    510    4

Ethan Kipili’i    22    305    3

Hamilton results

Date    Opponent

8/27    Hamilton 73, St. Mary’s 15

9/4     Hamilton 48, Westview 10

9/11    Hamilton 70, Ironwood 0

9/17    Hamilton 49, Mountain Ridge 7

9/25    Hamilton 50, Desert Vista 13

10/2    Hamilton 24, Chandler 20

10/9    Hamilton 45, Salpointe 2

10/23    Hamilton 24, Brophy 21

10/30    Hamilton 44, Red Mountain 13

11/6    Hamilton 43, Mesa 22

11/13    Hamilton 59, North Canyon 14

11/20    Hamilton 37, Mesquite 13

12/4    Hamilton 49, Chandler 21

Scouting the Jackrabbits

Mesa’s defense has been its calling card all season. The Jackrabbits have held opponents to a touchdown or less seven times this season with a well-disciplined scheme and hard-hitting players. Mesa has given up more than 30 points only one time all season, but that was to Hamilton in a 43-22 loss. Offensively Mesa likes to run the ball with multiple backs, highlighted by diminutive speedster Jaymen Green and bruising back Devontae Kellybrew. Kyler Fackrell moved to wide receiver full time halfway through the season and is a go-to option on the outside. Tyler Ryan is one of the state’s best kickers and has the range to nail field goals from 45 to 50 yards out.

Mesa offense

WR – Kyler Fackrell

LT – Carlos Bellorin

LG – Chase Allen

C – Ishmael Guevara

RG - Tautalanoa Toutai

RT – Greg Hakes

TE – Brandon Ray

QB – Dallin Parker

FB – Devontae Kellybrew

RB – Jaymen Green

WR – Ely Lozano

Mesa defense

DE – Chase Allen

NT – Javier Gonzalez

DE – Kolter Anderson

LB – Devontae Kellybrew

LB – Koltn Rogers

LB – Tony Vaitafa

LB – Edwin Palacios

CB – Ely Lozano

SS – Jaymen Green

FS – Kyler Fackrell

CB – Tyler Ryan

Mesa special teams

K – Tyler Ryan

P – Tyler Ryan

KR – Jaymen Green

PR – Jaymen Green

Mesa season stats


Name    Comp    Att    Yds    TD    INT

Dallin Parker    84    137    1,379    13    10


Name    Att.    Yds    Avg    TD

Devontae Kellybrew    119    675    5.7    7

Jaymen Green    77    576    7.5    7

Asure McMillan    50    327    6.5    3


Name    Rec.     Yds.    TD

Kyler Fackrell    27    595    5

Devontae Kellybrew    25    292    4

Jaymen Green    21    409    4

Mesa results

Date    Opponent

8/28    Mesa 21, Cesar Chavez 7

9/4    Mesa 42, Dobson 6

9/11    Mesa 28, Westwood 6

9/17    Chandler 24, Mesa 17

9/25    Red Mountain 28, Mesa 21

10/2    Mesa 28, Horizon 7

10/9    Mesa 19, Desert Vista 0

10/16    Brophy 26, Mesa 18

10/23    Mesa 52, Maryvale 0

11/6    Hamilton 43, Mesa 22

11/13    Mesa 37, Red Mountain 10

11/20    Mesa 13, Brophy 3

12/4    Mesa 14, Mountain Pointe 10

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