The Chandler Hamilton Huskies continued displaying their high-octane offense with a 70-0 win over Glendale Ironwood Friday night at Hamilton.
Quarterback Kyren Poe stole the show by throwing for four touchdowns and running for another in the rout.
“We didn’t have our starter in there tonight, but Kyren played well,” Hamilton coach Steve Belles said.
Poe threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter to three different receivers to get the 3-0 Huskies up 21-0 eight minutes into the game. He also ran it in from 11 yards out in the second quarter for his fourth score of the game.
“It felt really good. I finally got my opportunity to play,” Poe said. “I was happy to get my first start.”
His fourth touchdown pass went to Kendyl Taylor, who used his speed to find a hole in the Eagles’ defense for a touchdown.
Poe got the start over senior quarterback Travis Dean. Belles said they were waiting for a knee brace to arrive for Dean, and he will start next week.
About the only suspenseful moment in the game involved the Huskies calling a timeout when facing an unusual third-and-36 on their own 15-yard line. They were back there following an intentional grounding penalty and a sack.
“We don’t want to start behind the chains,” Poe said. “It’s not easy to get a first down when you start way behind there.”
On that play Michael Allen had his number called on a simple draw play, and he did the rest. Allen knifed through the Eagles’ defense and broke away from the pack for an 85-yard touchdown run.
“We just wanted to give our punter some room to punt,” Belles said. “We were backed up, and it ended up being just a very good play for us.”
Dexter Jackson was the lone Husky who scored twice. He had second-half touchdown runs of 29 and 41 yards to close the scoring.
Hamilton scored 28 points in each of the first two quarters and a touchdown in each of the final two quarters.
But it’s not all offense at Hamilton, as the Huskies’ defense also played a big role. It limited the Eagles to three first downs and scored a defensive touchdown in the first half. Kyle Sharkey picked up a Bobby Hodge fumble and ran it back 11 yards for the game’s fourth score.
Ironwood’s lone scoring opportunity came on the game’s final play. The Eagles tried for a field goal to avoid the shutout, but the kick came up a couple of yards short.
Ironwood (1-1) couldn’t get any offense mustered in the game and suffered from a case of butterfingers. The Eagles registered a fumble on five straight possessions but only lost one of them. For the game, they recorded seven fumbles but only lost one. Ironwood had nine first-half possessions and gained a total of 55 yards.
The Huskies next face Glendale Mountain Ridge in their last game before starting play against the new Fiesta Region in two weeks.
Even with 191 points in three games, there still is work ahead for Hamilton.
“We’re going to have a game where it’s going to come down to the last couple minutes,” Belles said. “The only problem these games pose to us is that we don’t have our starters in at the end of the game for the full four quarters.”
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Hamilton airs it out, with Kyren Poe hitting Steven Hanson for an 80-yard touchdown pass. 14-0 Huskies 6:04 left in the first.
21-0 Hamilton. Tanner Clay hauls in a fade route to the corner for a 24-yard touchdown catch.
Another Ironwood fumble gets cashed in for six, as Hamilton's Kyle SHarkey runs it back 11 yards for the score. 28-0 Hamilton with 3:24 left in the first.
Poe takes it in on a QB keeper around the right side for an 11-yard touchdown run. It's 35-0 Hamilton just 11 seconds into the second quarter.
On third-and-36 from its own 15-yard line, Hamilton calls for the draw and Michael Allen takes it 85 yards for a touchdown. 42-0 Hamilton with 8:50 left in the first half.
Poe hits Kendyl Taylor on a slant for a 41-yard score to make it 49-0 Hamilton with 4:24 left in the first half.
Hamilton is up 56-0 at half and has 381 yards of offense.
Hamilton scores -- again. Running back Dexter Jackson goes 29 yards on a sweep with 3:50 left in the third quarter to make it 63-0 Huskies.
Dexter Jackson goes 41 yards for his second score of the night for the Huskies, making it 70-0 Hamilton with 7:38 left in the game.
Ironwood (1-0) at Hamilton (2-0)
Time: 7 p.m.
Address: 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler
Key matchup: Hamilton's defense will need to corral Darrin Spencer, who rushed for 82 yards last week and provided the only scoring with an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Glendale Ironwood's win at Glendale Deer Valley.
Key stat: Hamilton hasn't committed a turnover this season.
The intrigue: Not much. So long as Hamilton keeps its businesslike approach, the Huskies should be able to run on Ironwood and let their defense fly to the ball with guys like Tevin Hood, Ben Peters, Devon Carrington and Tylor Rutt.