A Come Back For The Ages


Drew Boyd

As many may know, the Huskies Varsity football team played against Bishop Gorman on Friday. Bishop Gorman was the number seven  ranked team in the nation before this game  , and the Hamilton Huskies were ranked 22. It’s clear that the Huskies were the underdogs from the start. 

The first drive down the field ended with a touchdown on a completion across the middle of the field to Trè Spivey. After this Hamilton felt good. However; that sweet taste went bitter after Bishop Gorman scored 17 unanswered. The Gaels just kept scoring and the Hamilton offense was at a standstill. Fast forward to the fourth quarter with nine minutes left to play.  Gaels punched in another touchdown when Micah Alejado hit Zachariah Branch on a 32-yard catch and run for a score. After the Huskies receive the kickoff,  they  gain momentum only to  be shut down when Nicco Marchiol throws a pic. Luckily, the Husky defense strings together some stops and gets the ball back. Quarterback, Marchiol, will go for a long run and then the Huskies will be shutdown on third down. 

With one last chance, the Huskies put some points on the board when Matthew Krneta drills a 46 yarder making the score 24-10. They line up for the onside kick and Cooper Leduc recovers it. With 65 seconds left of the game and a long run by Nick Switzer, the Huskies are down on the 1-yard line. Nicco finds Masunas on a 1-yard flat route for the touchdown. After the extra point from Krneta, the score was 24-17. With time winding down, the Hamilton stands start to get excited and get even more hype when Jacob Medina kicks another beautiful onside kick that ends up in the hands of Leduc. The final drive began and Marchiol continued to take a lot of punishment from the Gaels in the last drive. On first down, Marchiol completes a long pass that gives the Huskies the ball on the 22 yard line.  Marchiol, a true warrior, has blood gushing down his forearms and on the catch of the snap he throws up. After making the courageous decision to continue playing,  he hits Switzer for a 22 yard touchdown. This touchdown made the score 24-23. The biggest decision of the game is made  with twelve seconds left;  do you go for two to win the game or do you take the extra point in hopes you can win in overtime? 

Mike Zdebski and the Huskies decide to go for the win. The snap is taken, and Marchiol rolls to the left. He goes through his progressions; nothing. He takes it with his legs and beats the defense to the edge and stretches out diving  directly at the pylon. There is a moment of silence before the referee decides the try for two points is good! Instantly, a wave of pandemonium goes through the crowd. Everyone is excited for this insane comeback, but the Gaels have one chance. After they receive the kick, they have to look deep downfield ,and try one that is batted down by Hamilton safety, Tre Tate. On the second attempt, a pass is completed; however, he is immediately tackled. Hamilton emerged victorious 25-24. This win moved the Gaels back to 20 in the national rankings and it moved Hamilton up to 18 on the national rankings.

If you want to see this incredible Hamilton team play, they play Centennial Friday, Sept. 24 at the Coyotes’ stadium. Hamilton is looking to progress their win streak from three to four.