Football

Hamilton Township 45, Bexley 21

Williams, Thompson lead Rangers to third straight victory

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The Hamilton Township High School football team scored on two of its first three drives to cruise to a 45-21 victory over Bexley on Sept. 6.

The Rangers improved to 3-0, and the Lions fell to 1-2.

Sophomore running back Aaron Williams sparked the early offense with a 62-yard catch on the first drive. The Rangers had run the same play three snaps earlier with similar success, but a penalty nullified the big gain.

“I kind of expected for them to know it was coming. I was amazed (it worked again),” Williams said. “I just used my vision and used my blockers to the best of my ability.”

Going back to what worked got Hamilton Township into scoring position, and senior quarterback Zach Thompson capped the 85-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.

The Lions were outgained 242-64 yards in the first half.

“Offensively, we’re not a big-play team,” Bexley coach John Smith said. “There were a couple of times where we shot ourselves in the foot and put ourselves in a long-yardage situation. We’re not that kind of football team.”

The Rangers’ second score came after a 4-yard Bexley punt set them up at the Lions’ 36-yard line. Williams later scored on a 7-yard run.

The Lions cut the deficit to 17-7 on their first drive of the second half as Jacob Old scored on a 2-yard run to end a 46-yard, 10 play drive. Three plays later, the Rangers pushed the march to 24-7 as Williams, who finished with 111 yards on six carries and three receptions for 92 yards, scored on a 74-yard run. The Rangers didn’t stop until the score reached 45-7 as Shannon Ransom-Qualls caught a 19-yard scoring pass from Thompson, who threw for 155 yards rushed for 66 more, Ketdrick West scored on a 39-yard fumble return and Thomas Wilson add a 5-yard scoring run.

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