The Hamilton Huskies had a dominant performance on both sides of the ball in Friday’s 49-17 road victory over the Perry Pumas.
The momentum was behind the Huskies from the start of the game, as defensive back Jamar Brown had an interception on the third play from scrimmage, setting the tone early and making a statement.
From there on, Hamilton’s energy proved to be too much for Perry to handle, as the Pumas struggles continued for the rest of the night. Hamilton’s defense was able to hold Perry’s usually explosive offense to its lowest point-total all season.
“I got to give it up to our coaches, they had a set game plan for us and I’m just thankful I was able to actually be in it,” Hamilton wide receiver Brenden Rice said. “And I’ve gotta give it up to coach Dougherty, with helping out defense and getting it in check.”
In the first half, Perry only had two rushing yards, a stat that would continue to hurt them as the night continued. Hamilton’s defense remained strong, holding Perry to only 49 rushing yards the entire night.
While the ground game for Perry was at a near standstill, it wasn’t much better for them through the air. The Huskies limited Puma quarterback Chubba Purdy to only 13 completed passes on 43 attempts for 177 yards.
“Our offense was not good tonight," Perry coach Preston Jones said. "I got to give a lot of credit to Hamilton. They played well. They’ve got a good football team, so hats off to them, but our offense looked disgusting, to say the least."
Meanwhile, Hamilton’s offense looked explosive all night. Husky quarterback Nick Arvay passed for 217 yards, completing 17 of his 25 pass attempts. Arvay was able to connect with Rice on three different occasions for huge touchdowns.
“We go into practice every day believing we are the best offense in the state of Arizona," Arvay said. "It helps that we have Brenden. "I know he’s going to win every one-on-one battle I throw him. He gets the ball, or nobody else is getting the ball.”
Arvay also had a rushing touchdown of his own, while running back Gabriel Armenta had two. Overall, the Huskies had 262 rushing yards, bringing them to about 475 total offensive yards on the night. It was a performance that the team was excited about, but they know they can’t get too caught up on the win.
“Our coach has the 24 hour rule, but I like to stick to the 12 hour rule," Rice said. "We can celebrate for 12 hours, but then we’re going back to work."
Next week, the Huskies (8-1, 2-1) will close out their season against the rival Chandler (9-0, 3-0) on the road in the battle for Arizona Avenue. They’re looking to close out the regular season with their lone loss coming against Brophy. But they know in order to make that dream a reality, they’re going to have to put in all the prep work before facing off against the Wolves.
“We need to study up on film, we need to make sure that we are going to effectively hold Mikey (Keeny) and his offense, and get past Chandler’s defense,” Rice said.
Meanwhile, the Pumas (5-4, 1-2) will close out their regular season at home against their rival, the Basha Bears (4-5, 0-3). They’re looking to avoid finishing the season with a .500 record, which is why their preparation for next week’s game is crucial.
“I look forward to having the opportunity to improve, because if we don’t improve, the same thing is going to happen next Friday,” Jones said.
Perry 3 7 7 0 -- 17
Ham 14 14 14 7 -- 49
Ham – Arvay 9 pass to Rice (Fuller Kick), 5:11
Perry – McCarthy 22 field goal, 4:13
Ham – Arvay 17 pass to Rice (Fuller kick), 3:05
Ham – Armenta 13 run (Fuller Kick), 5:42
Perry – Young 53 pass to Purdy (McCarthy kick), 2:32
Ham – Armenta 1 run (Fuller kick), 0:08
Ham – Arvay 2 run (Fuller Kick), 10:22
Perry – Purdy 23 pass to Young (McCarthy kick), 3:28
Ham – Armenta 38 run (Fuller kick), 1:39
Ham – Arvay 10 pass to Rice (Fuller kick), 5:38