HAMILTON- I’d start off by writing about the game on Friday night, but it’s not the only story.
The story started on December 12, 2018. Nate Mahon decided to come home, and provided clear reasoning for the decision.
“Let’s just say there is only one home, and home is coming back to Hamilton for me,” Mahon said. “I am the coach and person I am today due to my experience in high school at Hamilton High. To be the person and coach to bring the Big Blue back to the playoffs is the job. There is no greater opportunity out there for me than that.”
A decision to leave an up-and-coming Little Miami program was questioned by those on the outside. Although the excitement grew, expectations were tempered coming off a 1-9 season, and a program with a precarious past. Mahon didn’t care.
“You hear about how bad you are, and people say don’t take this job. Don’t go to Hamilton, why would you do that? Mahon claimed. “I hope they eat their words”
The only thing standing in the way of Hamilton’s first trip to the post season since 2010 was the Aviators of Sycamore. Oddly enough, the last time Hamilton ousted the Aves was in 2010.
Sycamore found themselves down 14-7 with 48 ticks left in the game, and only 14 yards separating them from tying the ballgame.
Here’s the sequence.
Among those who made a difference, Jayden Marshall made it a Senior Night to remember. The 6’1, 195 pound senior was making plays on both sides of the ball.
As Big Blue standout wide receiver Daryan Bowling went down to an injury, Coach Mahon rushed Jayden Marshall in his place. Then this.
“Ohh. I got the feet down. You know I had to get the feet down. The Tony Toe tap” Marshall explained his thoughts on the TD. A memorable moment for certain, but his biggest memory of Senior Night? “Just everyone coming out to support us, my family is here, and playing with my brothers”
Hamilton wouldn’t relinquish the lead, largely in part of a valiant defensive effort. The Big Blue allowed 281 yards of total offense, but as the Aves entered the Redzone, the drive ended there.
“We thought we matchup up well with them. We didn’t want to give up the big play,” Mahon mentioned of their defensive strategy. “We had to keep playing defense, and play the next play, and make them go the distance. I think we stopped them when it mattered.”
Shortly after the Big Blue victory, a game being played 25 miles away quickly became important. As the 37 yard field goal from the foot of Anderson’s Hayden Brooke sailed through the uprights, Hamilton is staring at a 99% chance to play past week 10.
That’s right. Call a buddy, tell a friend. Hamilton is playoff bound.