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West Lafayette eliminated by Hamilton Heights, 18-0

October 20, 2012
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Brody Forbes stood just below the scoreboard in the west end zone at Straley Field Friday night, his tears washing the dry mud off his face.

The West Lafayette senior was not disappointed, despite the scoreboard above him signifying an 18-0 loss to Class 3A No. 4 Hamilton Heights Friday night. He was instead proud that he got to be a part of three sectional championships, two regional titles and a state title winner.

He was satisfied that one of the top-ranked teams in Class 3A was overjoyed to have knocked off the Red Devils, a program that not that long ago struggled to beat anyone.

“The four years I’ve been here and the two or three years previous, we’ve turned this program around into a winning program,” said Forbes, who had an interception, forcing Heights’ lone turnover. “The seniors and all of us take pride in being a part of that.”

West Lafayette had not been shut out in its last 73 games, the last time coming in the sectional semifinals on Oct. 27, 2006, when Frankfort defeated the Red Devils, 28-0.

Hamilton Heights (9-1) put together a 13-play, 64-yard drive on its first possession, resulting in a 5-yard touchdown run by Conner Faulkner, and never looked back.

That tempo-setting Huskies drive took 5:24 off the clock. The Huskies converted on third-and-8, third-and-4 and fourth-and-1 on the drive and scored the TD on third down.

“We haven’t had a six-minute drive since I don’t know when,” Heights coach Mitch Street said. “It’s not who we are offensively, but the conditions of the field are pretty nasty and just led to us having to grind it out.”

The running game West Lafayette (6-4) had been reliant on this season struggled with muddy conditions, gaining just 67 rushing yards, including 58 from Maurice Woodard. Hamilton Heights struggled on the ground as well. West Lafayette’s defense limited the Huskies to 139 yards on 36 carries.

Landon Cunningham caught a 15-yard touchdown early in the second quarter and Ethan Engelhardt booted a 29-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. A safety early in the third quarter proved to be the backbreaker, making the difference three scores.

“You put the people out there you have and you expect them to be competitive, and these kids were,” WL coach Marshall Overley said. “The seniors got the joy of going all the way through the state as freshmen. Of course they said we’re going to do this more time, but it just showed how hard it is.”

The win by Hamilton Heights avenged a 20-19 sectional championship game loss to the Red Devils last season.

“Their seniors this year knew what it felt like to lose to us last year,” Forbes said. “They wanted this so bad, and they would’ve given anything to win tonight. I think that drive and that collective effort was a big reason why they won tonight.”Brody Forbes stood just below the scoreboard in the west end zone at Straley Field Friday night, his tears washing the dry mud off his face.

The West Lafayette senior was not disappointed, despite the scoreboard above him signifying an 18-0 loss to Class 3A No. 4 Hamilton Heights Friday night. He was instead proud that he got to be a part of three sectional championships, two regional titles and a state title winner.

He was satisfied that one of the top-ranked teams in Class 3A was overjoyed to have knocked off the Red Devils, a program that not that long ago struggled to beat anyone.

“The four years I’ve been here and the two or three years previous, we’ve turned this program around into a winning program,” said Forbes, who had an interception, forcing Heights’ lone turnover. “The seniors and all of us take pride in being a part of that.”

West Lafayette had not been shut out in its last 73 games, the last time coming in the sectional semifinals on Oct. 27, 2006, when Frankfort defeated the Red Devils, 28-0.

Hamilton Heights (9-1) put together a 13-play, 64-yard drive on its first possession, resulting in a 5-yard touchdown run by Conner Faulkner, and never looked back.

That tempo-setting Huskies drive took 5:24 off the clock. The Huskies converted on third-and-8, third-and-4 and fourth-and-1 on the drive and scored the TD on third down.

“We haven’t had a six-minute drive since I don’t know when,” Heights coach Mitch Street said. “It’s not who we are offensively, but the conditions of the field are pretty nasty and just led to us having to grind it out.”

The running game West Lafayette (6-4) had been reliant on this season struggled with muddy conditions, gaining just 67 rushing yards, including 58 from Maurice Woodard. Hamilton Heights struggled on the ground as well. West Lafayette’s defense limited the Huskies to 139 yards on 36 carries.

Landon Cunningham caught a 15-yard touchdown early in the second quarter and Ethan Engelhardt booted a 29-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. A safety early in the third quarter proved to be the backbreaker, making the difference three scores.

“You put the people out there you have and you expect them to be competitive, and these kids were,” WL coach Marshall Overley said. “The seniors got the joy of going all the way through the state as freshmen. Of course they said we’re going to do this more time, but it just showed how hard it is.”

The win by Hamilton Heights avenged a 20-19 sectional championship game loss to the Red Devils last season.

“Their seniors this year knew what it felt like to lose to us last year,” Forbes said. “They wanted this so bad, and they would’ve given anything to win tonight. I think that drive and that collective effort was a big reason why they won tonight.”


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