By: Nicklas Grifhorst and Zach Elders
This Friday the Hamilton Hawkeyes will take on The Unity Christian Crusaders. Both teams enter the game at 2-4, with Unity dropping their last four games of the year. At the same time the Hawkeyes are coming off of a 60-20 loss against defending state champion, Zeeland West. It will be a close game and will be a big win for both teams, keeping playoff hopes alive.
Pass Offense vs. Unity
Unity Christian is very good at covering the pass, Coach Miller says. Brady Mudd has been coming up and improving since the start of the year. Throwing for 123 yards as well as a touchdown pass against the Dux of Zeeland West. Going into this week against a very good secondary, Brady will have to step up big in order to come away with the win.
Pass Defense vs. Unity
Unity Christian runs the Wing T on offense. Which means that they will run the ball 95% of the time compared to 5% passing. Hamilton’s 4-4 defense will have to show up ready to play this week, starting with the big four up front. They are going to need to prevent big plays from happening, if they want to have a chance at containing Unity Christian’s high- powered run offense.
Run Offense vs. Unity
The Hawkeyes are coming off of a game where they struggled to run the ball. Hamilton running back Nate Pando did come away with 102 rushing yards, but that was on 28 carries. I would expect Hamilton to run the ball a lot this week as they have all year. The Hawkeyes will need a big game on the ground to get this win.
Run Defense vs. Unity
Unity Christian runs the wing-t offense, the same wing-t that scored 60 points on Hamilton last week. Zeeland West ran wild on Hamilton scoring 40 points by the half, with four different running backs scoring against the Hawkeyes. I would expect Unity Christian to see similar openings that West did and put up a ton of yards on the ground vs Hamilton’s defense.
Hamilton will struggle to get much going offensively against Unity Christian. The Hawkeyes only offensive production will come on the ground from Nate Pando, but it won’t be enough to keep up with Unity’s ground attack. We predict a 35-21 loss for Hamilton who will fall to 2-5 on the season.