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Patterson's five touchdowns spark Hamilton past Lancers

Chargers win slugfest, 37-34

Oct. 25, 2013

For the second time in three weeks Sussex Hamilton showed Brookfield Central they were the better football team.

The Chargers (7-3) held on to defeat the Lancers (7-3), 37-34, Friday night at Sussex, as neither team could stop the other team's big playmaker.

Hamilton Running back Drew Patterson scored five touchdowns, while Central quarterback Riley Richarz had three and running back Terry Wallen had two. Richarz had 213 yards rushing in 29 carries.

"Two great players going at it head-to-head and they’re difference makers," Central coach Jamie Meulemans said of Patterson and Richarz. Theirs outscored ours tonight."
 
Trailing 27-14 at intermission, the Lancers didn't quit.
 

"The seniors rallied them at halftime and they answered and came out in the second half almost won the football game," Meulemans said.

The Lancer defense held Hamilton's offense to six plays in the third quarter, but it couldn't keep it up.

"We made some adjustments on defense and our offense has been a scoring machine all year. We just couldn’t get that possession away at the end"
 
Patterson rushed for 280 yards in 27 carries, a 10.4 average, scoring on runs of 10 yards in the first quarter, 48, 34 and 2 yards in the second quarter and 73 yards with 3:11 left to play when the Lancers pulled within 30-28.
 
Meulemans, Patterson and Hamilton coach John Damato credited the return of linemen Andrew Poenitsch (6-4, 265) and Jacob Merkel (6-2, 280) and running back Alec McShane to sparking the Chargers offense.
 
"We lost (Isaiah) Webb with a sprained ankle after one play and had to get creative. Tyler Davis did heck of a job. Alec McShane returned, s our offense wasat full strength."
 
The Chargers beat the Lancers on Bret Harvestine's field goal three weeks ago and Harvestine's 27-yarder was the difference in this game.
 

"We knew it would be a tough game," Patterson said. "They’re a good team, we knew. Last (time) it went down to the wire. Today was a good team win.

"Every played good. Im we’re peaking right now, playing some good football and figuring it out."

Damato knew the Chargers would have their hands full.

 

"That (Central) is a very good team, very capable team," he said. "The fact that we beat them two times in one year left no doubt that we are proven as a football team.
 
"We need to be playing our best football at this time of the year. If not you are going home real fast."
 
The Chargers will face No. 1 seeded Homestead next week.

 

 

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