Watterson at Hamilton
Although Watterson and Hamilton never have met on the field, a reunion of sorts will occur Friday, Aug. 31, when the Eagles visit the Big Blue.
Hamilton is coached by Bob Jacoby, who led DeSales to a 168-68 record with two state championships and four state runner-up finishes from 1988-2006. While he was at DeSales, the Stallions went 8-15 against Watterson, including losing the last nine.
Jacoby coached Hamilton Township to a 10-20 mark from 2007-09 and is 12-10 with one playoff appearance at Hamilton since taking over in 2010.
The Big Blue went 4-6 a year ago.
Watterson beat Whitehouse Anthony Wayne 28-14 in its opener Aug. 24 and Hamilton edged Springfield 31-28 in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Welcome Stadium in Dayton the next day.
The Eagles scored one touchdown in every quarter and had 263 yards of offense against Anthony Wayne. Andy Elberson, Walter Green, Alec Greene and Cody Calhoun all scored touchdowns.
Hamilton led Springfield 31-7 before holding off a late rally.
What to expect
Both Watterson and Hamilton should use a mix of run and pass.
In the Big Blue’s opening win, Bailey rushed 15 times for 80 yards and Crouch was 8-for-16 passing for 139 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. In the third quarter, Crouch threw touchdowns of 7 yards to Morrison and 52 yards to McIntosh.
Defensively for Hamilton, Jarred Dwiggins returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown. The Big Blue also recovered a fumbled punt snap in the end zone.
Elberson is at quarterback for the second consecutive season for Watterson. In the opener, he ran for a 2-yard touchdown and hooked up with Greene on a 5-yard scoring pass.
The Eagles are led on both the offensive and defensive lines by Lorenz, a senior.