Host No. 3 Hamilton recorded a school record three safeties and held No. 14 Millennium to just 16 total yards in a wild 35-9 victory to advance to the second round of the Division I State Playoffs.
In one of the craziest beginnings to a football game you'll ever see, the Huskies and Tigers exchanged back-to-back safeties. Hamilton's Levi Sterling recorded his first of two safeties on the night in the first quarter, then Millennium kicked the ball out of the end zone early in the second to tie the score at 2-2.
With both offenses stuck in neutral, the Huskies' Morris Kroma finally broke the drought with an 65-yard punt return for a touchdown to give Hamilton a 9-2 lead. After Sterling and Juwan Jones picked up the Huskies' second safety of the night, Tyrell Smith punched it in from 1-yard out, Hamilton got its third safety and Sam Sosa hit Elijah Williams for a 57-yard touchdown to give the Huskies a 28-2 lead at the half.
Led by Qualen Cunningham's four sacks, Millennium (6-5) had no answer for Hamilton's defensive line, which held the Tigers to -53 yards rushing. Millennium's offense didn't fare much better, giving up 436 total yards to the Huskies on the night.
Williams finished with 108 yards on six catches for Hamilton, while Cunningham tied for the single-season school record for most sacks in a season with 17.
The Huskies (9-2) will host No. 6 Pinnacle Friday.
First Downs: M 9, H 25
Rushing (att. yds): M 27-- -53, H38-223
Passing (comp.-att.-Yds.-TD-INT): M 10-15-69-0-1, H 14-26-213-1-1
Fumbles-lost: M 0-0, H 0-0
Penalties-yards: M 7-37, H 8-85
Millennium 0 2 0 7 -- 9
Hamilton 2 26 7 0 -- 35
H: Morris Kroma 65 punt Ret (Acles pass from Sosa )
H: Smith 1 run (Brown kick)
H: Williams 57 pass from Sosa (Brown kick)
H: Acles 2 run (Brown kick)
M: Freeman13 run (Grayson Harris kick)