Hamilton finished the season with a comfortable 31-0 road victory over Chandler district foe Perry on Friday night. The Huskies were in control from the opening kickoff and overmatched their hosts in nearly every facet.
Perry (2-8) took the opening kickoff and quickly went three-and-out, which eventually gave Hamilton the ball at Perry's 35-yard line. On the ensuing snap, junior running back David Desilva took the ball to the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
Hamilton (8-2) wouldn’t need another score, but did reach the end zone three additional times. Desilva had 105 yards on the ground and scored three of his team’s touchdowns.
Despite the Huskies’ steady offensive attack, it was the defense coach Steve Belles was most impressed with.
“I think our defense is playing fantastic,” Belles said after the game. “They really stepped up again tonight.”
Regular starting quarterback Sam Sasso didn’t play after suffering a concussion a week ago, but James Sosinski looked strong in relief, completing 8 of his 12 passes for 149 yards.
“I thought (Sosinski) had a good game for his first game starting on the varsity level,” his coach said about the performance. Belles expects both Sasso and standout running back Tyrell Smith to be back next week, along with two other starters.
“We’ll have four guys back for next week’s playoff game. It’ll be the first time we’ve had our full team since Eastlake (Calif.) (Week 1),” said Belles.
The Pumas came into the game ranked No. 24 in the Division I power rankings and had trouble finding a rhythm on either side of the ball. Hamstrung by a limited running game, quarterback Alec Monte was versatile; he threw for 118 yards, ran for 22, and even caught a pass on a fake punt attempt.
But the Pumas (2-8) have struggled offensively most of the season, especially since losing starting QB Austin Nightingale in September.
A home playoff game is up next for No. 3 Hamilton when the brackets are released on Saturday, and Belles told his team to stay focused as it approaches what he called the “third part” of their season.
“I told them I don’t care who we play, we’ve got four more games and let’s finish right,” he said. “Let’s go undefeated from here.”
Hamilton 31, Perry 0
First Downs: Hamilton 21, Perry 12
Rushing: Hamilton 36-232, Perry 19-59
Passing (comp.-att.-Yards-TD-INT): Hamilton 8-12-149-0-1, Perry 15-30-118-0-1
Fumbles-lost: Hamilton 0-0, Perry 0-0
Penalties-yards: Hamilton 7-60, Perry 5-50
Hamilton 7 14 7 3 -- 31
Perry 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Hamilton: Desilva 35 run (Brown kick)
Hamilton: Desilva 3 run (Brown kick)
Hamilton: Desilva 1 run (Brown kick)
Hamilton: Acles 23 run (Brown kick)
Hamilton: Brown 22 FG