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Hamilton Football Preview vs. Holland Christian

This Friday the Hamilton Hawkeyes will take on rival Holland Christian. Hamilton will enter 2-2, coming off of a 50-0 loss to Allendale as Holland Christian is coming off of their first win of the year, a 49-13 win over Belding. This is a big game for both teams as it is not only a rivalry, but also a chance for Hamilton to get back to a winning record and for Holland Christian to turn their season around. Coming off of a tough loss Coach Miller said, “Last week’s loss was pretty bad, but we learned a little something as a team about controlling our own destiny,  I am convinced we’ll start the game with a more aggressive attitude this week and be sure that we set the tone, rather than let it be set for us.”

Pass Offense vs HC

Hamilton has struggled to get points on the board all year, but Holland Christian has struggled to keep teams out of the endzone as well. Hamilton will come out more aggressive this week and I believe that means throwing the ball around, a lot. Coach Miller expects Hamilton to be strong on the offensive line and give all-conference Quarterback, Brady Mudd a chance to make plays against a team that has given up 125 points in just four games.

Pass Defense vs HC

Hamilton’s defense is very similar to HC’s, giving up 154 points in four games, well at the same time giving up 50 points in their last game. The Hawkeyes are strong on the defensive line and will create pressure on Holland Christians quarterback, Jared Stygstra, who is coming off of a four touchdown game. Hamilton will struggle against HC’s passing attack, but hopefully the pressure created from the d-line will hold the Maroons in check.

Run Offense vs HC

Hamilton’s strength all year has been their running game, led by Nate Pando who ran for 200 yards in his last game and I expect to have similar production in this one. Trenton Alexander also took a big load of the carries last week, when Nate Pando sat out, and I would expect him to get a lot of carries this week as well. Holland Christian will not be able to match up against Hamilton’s run game, which will give Hamilton’s defense the cushion needed to take risks.

Run Defense vs HC

Hamilton’s defensive line will need to keep HC running back David Williams in check. Williams rushed for 94 yards and three touchdowns in his last game. With the strength of Hamilton’s defensive line and Nate Pando at safety to prevent big plays, the Hawkeyes should win this battle, leaving it up to a Holland Christian pass offense to put up all the points.

Prediction

I believe it will be a high scoring game, with Hamilton winning 42-27. The Hawkeyes will make big plays on the ground from both Nate Pando and Trenton Alexander, well at the same time having a balanced attack that will keep Holland Christian guessing throughout the game. Hamilton’s defense will shut down Holland Christian’s running game, leaving it up to Jared Stygstra to lead a Holland Christian offense that has struggled to score throughout the year. I believe that their pass offense will not be able to put up points at the same rate as Hamilton’s offense allowing the Hawkeyes to pull away late.

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