By Zac Carlisle
For the Monroe Journal
HAMILTON – The Hamilton Lions are on the doorsteps of making the playoffs, and with a couple of division games left on the schedule, every game matters. The Lions showed their might with a 55-0 victory over Biggersville on homecoming Friday night.
The Hamilton rout began early after the Lions were able to force a Biggersville safety after an intentional grounding penalty resulted in a 2-0 lead for Hamilton.
After the Biggersville kickoff, it took Hamilton (6-2) only two plays to score. Hamilton running back Keshon Heard scored on a one-yard run after his brother, Quinshay Heard gained 42-yards on a quarterback keeper. The Maximilion Garcette extra point gave Hamilton the 9-0 lead.
The Hamilton defense was stout the majority of the night. They pinned the Biggersville offense deep, forcing them to punt or causing a turnover.
“Defense is what has been carrying us this year. We take pride on that side of the ball," Hamilton coach Ray Weeks said. "They make things happen, and the kids enjoy playing defense. It is kind of our calling card."
Keshon Heard would find the end zone two more times before halftime. Quinshay heard completed a 26-yard TD pass to Pallas Fair, and he also ran for a 47-yard TD. Along with the Heard brothers, Byron Butler and Branson Shields each found the end zone in the first half for a 48-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, Hamilton would add on another TD after a 10-yard run by Keshon Heard.
Near the end of the game, Biggersville drove down the field deep into Hamilton territory, but the Lions' defense proved that they meant business by shutting down the momentum.
“I thought we played well. We came out on all cylinders finally. We got some kids back that we had hurt, and I thought we executed well,” Weeks said.
Now with a 4-1 division record, the Lions smell the postseason and complete 1-1A play with a trip to Coldwater and then hosting county rival Smithville.