Hamilton kicked off the 2009 season on the right foot with a 73-15 route of visiting St. Mary's.
Turnovers plagued the Knights early and Hamilton capitalized. The Huskies got two early rushing TDs from Zach Bauman and a field goal from Yannick Mets to go up 17-0 after the first quarter and never looked back.
A Hamilton stop on 4th and short early in the 2nd led to a 15 yard Travis Dean scamper and a 23-0 lead.
Devon Carrington's pick set up a 34 yard Michael Allen score and a second pick a series later by Tyler Rutt, this one returned for a score, made it 37-0 and made the game out of hand and it wasn't even halftime yet.
St. Mary's was able to finally get on the board when R.J. McGill raced in from 80 yards out. 37-6.
Dean hit Steven Hansen late in the second and St. Mary's added a field goal to make the score 45-9 at the half.
Hamilton stayed hot in the second half, with Kendyl Taylor returning the opening kickoff 80 yards, got the ball back and Dean scored again from 53 yards out and put the two's in the game, with the game all but won at 59-9.
Dean's backup Kyren Poe ran for two scores of his own and St. Mary's TE Josh Fulton caught a 24 yard TD pass from Bryan Holland to make the final 73-15.
St. Mary's was just overmatched. Hamilton was bigger, stronger, faster and had more depth. For the Knights to win, the would have had to play perfect to win and they committed too may turnovers. There is talent there though. Hamilton's backs Bauman and Allen had big nights running behind a good offensive line.
It is hard here but I will give it to Hamilton RB Michael Allen for his breakout performance.
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