ARCADIA — Hamilton Heights High School’s Husky Stadium is also known as the “Dawg Pond.”
The Huskies (13-1) pounded their way to a 42-13 Class 3A semistate football victory against Marian on Friday and earned the right to play in the school’s first state championship game next Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Their opponent will be determined today in the southern semistate — Indianapolis Chatard (11-2) at Gibson Southern (11-2).
“We controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” said Hamilton Heights coach Mitch Street. “We took them out of what they were trying to do. (Our defensive line is not going to overwhelm you with their size. But they are good technicians.”
The Huskies’ physical D-line put pressure on the Knights, throwing them for losses on eight first-half plays in building a 21-0 lead. Illegal procedure and holding penalties put Marian at a disadvantage.
“Our biggest problem is that we got into too many down-and-distance situations that don’t fit our (double-wing) offense,” said Marian coach Reggie Glon, who watched his Knights wind up the 2012 season at 10-4. “We played too tight tonight. We weren’t playing our football game.
“If we could have settled down and ran our offense, we would have been fine. But you can’t make that many mistakes against a good football team.”
The Knights’ two touchdowns came on an 80-yard dash by fullback Tyran Ottbridge to help cut the gap to 28-7 in the third quarter and a 2-yard run by Michael Whitfield in the fourth quarter.
Marian quarterback Vince Ravotto completed 16-of-22 passes for 224 yards and two interceptions.
The Huskies, who came in averaging 43.3 points on offense and giving up 9.2 on defense, got three touchdown runs from Conner Faulkner.
The Knights were trying to get to the state championship game for a chance at the school’s second state title (the other came in 1973).
Glon, addressing his team right after Friday’s loss, spoke of how special nature of this season.
“What I say now ain’t going to help,” Glon told his squad. “You seniors are one of the best classes to come through Marian High School.”
Street, in his second year as head coach at Hamilton Heights, might have missed the game with his wife nine months pregnant with twin girls (Layla and Landree). The Streets plan to induce labor Wednesday and then it’s on to the state championship game.
Hamilton Heights 42, Marian 13
Scoring by Quarters
Marian 0 0 7 6 — 13
Hamilton Heights 7 14 14 7 — 42
School — Scoring Play
HH — Grant Weatherford 59 punt return; Ethan Engelhardt kick, 9:50.
HH — Conner Faulkner 28 run; Engelhardt kick, 9:34.
HH — Spencer Dull 14 pass from Corey Beck; Engelhardt kick, :18.3.
HH— Engelhardt 38 pass from Beck; Engelhardt kick, 8:12.
M — Tyran Ottbridge 80 run; Michael Farkas kick, 8:00.
HH — Faulkner 2 run; Engelhardt kick, 6:56.
HH — Faulkner 35 run; Engelhardt kick, 6:21.
M — Michael Whitfield 2 run; kick blocked, 3:13.
Officials: James Craig, James Payne, Mark Herberger, Mark Stultz, Mark Mettler.
Team Statistics Ma HH
Net yards rushing 185 216
Net yards passing 224 176
Total Yards 409 392
First Downs 17 16
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties 9-75 4-30
Marian: Rushing — Tyran Ottbridge 11-151, Michael Whitfield 15-41. Passing — Vince Ravotto 16-22-224 (2 int.). Receiving — Ottbridge 4-52, Whitfield 4-40, Devin Cannady 5-24.
Hamilton Heights: Rushing — Conner Faulkner 17-175, Jesse Kerfoot 5-16. Passing — Corey Beck 13-17-176 (0 int.). Receiving — Grant Weatherford 5-85, Ethan Engelhardt 3-57, Spencer Dull 3-42. Interceptions — Weatherford, Cole Leininger. Fumble recovery — Dull.