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Hamilton Southeastern offense overwhelms Jeff
September 22, 2011Lafayette Jefferson High School
It's extremely easy to understand why Hamilton Southeastern is a Class 5A Top 10 football team.
The sixth-ranked Royals have 6-foot-4 basketball standout Gary Harris playing wide receiver, two stellar running backs in sophomore Jamitreus Crockham and junior Ryan Ripp and steady senior quarterback Jake Jones, who completed 66.7 percent of his passes Friday night at Scheumann Stadium.
That mix of terrific talent helped HSE amass 534 yards -- the Royals averaged 8.6 yards per snap against Lafayette Jeff -- in a 36-14 Hoosier Crossroads Conference victory against the Bronchos, who trailed 33-0 through three quarters.
"They have a fast running back, and our defense needed to pick it up a little bit," Jeff senior safety Justin Ulmer said. "Gary Harris is a really good athlete, and their offensive scheme is really good.
"At halftime, we came in and told our defense to pick it up a little bit. We had to focus on the run, and at the same time, not let them get deep passes."
Hamilton Southeastern (4-1) picked up 22 first downs and created touchdown drives of 91, 59, 65, 67 and 79 yards.
It could have been worse, but HSE lost three fumbles, and Jeff's offense came to life during the final quarter, amassing 131 of its 198 passing yards.
Crockham rushed 10 times for 127 yards, Ripp had 11 carries for 82 yards, Harris caught three passes for 37 yards, including a TD, and Jones was 10 of 15 through the air for 185 yards.
"That's one of the top offenses in the state," Broncho coach Andy Kennedy said. "We went through film, and I can't remember a Southeastern team that is that good offensively. I was disappointed in our offense.
"I thought we would have been able to move the ball against them. They have given up points this year. I thought we would at least move the ball around and control the clock and keep it a little tighter. We got two turnovers early and got no points from those turnovers. That's frustrating."
Harris, who is a prime basketball recruiting target of Purdue's Matt Painter and is the son of former Boilermaker women's standout Joy Holmes, thought HSE played so-so. Painter was at Scheumann Stadium to watch Harris.
"We obviously played well enough to win, but we could have played better," Harris said. "We lacked in some areas. We have to come back next week and fix it.
"It's always fun to get touchdowns, so I'm happy I got into the end zone tonight."
Jeff got a 63-yard TD pass from Nick Scheumann to Jonah Green and a 4-yard TD run from sophomore Irving Madden.