The Hamilton Township High School football team came into its game with Bexley on Sept. 7 with a chip on its shoulder.
The Rangers believed they were better than their record indicated and rolled to a 41-7 victory in a game played at Fortress Obetz because of renovations to the track surrounding Bexley’s football field.
“We knew we had to come out and explode,” said Rangers senior Drysten Crallie, who had 225 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns, including one on a 27-yard fumble return and one on a 91-yard kickoff return. “We really wanted to get things rolling.”
The Rangers, who improved to 1-2, got things rolling with 14 points in the first quarter and added 20 points in the second quarter to build a 34-0 halftime advantage. In the half, they converted two Bexley turnovers into touchdowns.
After Zavion Cunningham scored on a 12-yard run on Hamilton Township’s opening drive, Buddy Barrett recovered an errant Bexley pitch at the Lions’ 34-yard line. That set up an 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Larimer to Kaveon Ross with 5 minutes, 13 seconds left in the first quarter.
“We knew we had to get rolling early and it felt good after the first two weeks,” said Larimer, who was 15-for-21 passing for 228 yards with one touchdown and one interception. “We made sure we were intense and ready to play.”
Crallie also scored on a 1-yard run and finished with four receptions for 85 yards and six carries for 22 yards.
The Rangers totaled 309 yards to 99 for the Lions.
“They are a great football team, without a doubt,” Bexley coach Nathan Castorena said. “They played well, but it was Bexley beating Bexley. We made way too many mistakes.”
The Lions’ lone score came on a 35-yard interception return by linebacker Patrick Beck in the fourth quarter.
Running back Antonio Truss led Bexley’s offense with 33 yards rushing on 14 carries and caught two passes for 13 yards.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final BEXLEY 0 0 0 7 7 HAMILTON TOWNSHIP
14 20 0 7 41
HT—Cunningham 12 run (Wilhite kick)
HT—Ross 8 pass from Larimer run (Wilhite kick)
HT—Cunningham 1 run (kick failed)
HT—Crallie 27 fumble return (Wilhite kick)
HT—Crallie 1 run (Wilhite kick)
B—Beck 35 interception return (Schoedinger kick)
HT—Crallie 91 kickoff return (Wilhite kick)