Jackson Kollath reels in a 58-yard touchdown with 14 seconds left to help the Chargers land a thrilling 28-24 win over Cedarburg on Aug. 26. Video courtesy of Hamilton football.
The Hamilton football team found itself in an early deficit against South Milwaukee in the season opener on Aug. 19, but it didn't take long to mount an aggressive comeback.
Trailing by seven points in the first minute of the game, Nick Mirasola's 5-yard rushing touchdown sparked a 24-0 run and helped the Chargers win, 31-13.
"I was happy with their ability to overcome adversity early on in the game," Hamilton coach John Damato said. "South Milwaukee got out to a quick lead and then we were hit by an hour-long delay. I thought the team stuck together and showed their resiliency."
Mirasola was a big reason why the Chargers did so well. The senior running back ran 20 times for 142 yards and also caught a 33-yard touchdown. Austin Goodreau was also strong in the run game with 98 yards on 14 carries. Jackson Kollath gained 75 yards on eight carries and caught a touchdown pass for 16 yards.
"I felt our running backs ran hard by committee," Damato said. "We had an ideal distribution of carries the entire night. Our offensive line did manage some push that allowed our running to accelerate untouched into the second and third levels of the defense. I felt Cal Dassow, Zach Brewer and Brad Purko to be our key contributors and leaders on the offensive line on Friday night."
Junior Eric Torres, who ran for a touchdown, started behind center, and threw two touchdowns while going 5-for-7 for 56 yards. Jordan Smith, who started at quarterback last season for the Chargers, was held out for precautionary reasons and will be back for Hamilton's Week 2 game at Cedarburg.
"Eric Torres did an outstanding job at the quarterback position," Damato said. "Eric is a two-way player for us, playing both corner and quarterback. Considering his limited reps during camp we couldn't be more pleased with his performance. He took command of the position and did a fine job all night of managing the game. He is an instinctual athlete and he made some key conversions for the offense."
Joey Bolda led the Chargers with 8 1/2 tackles and Ryan Hubbell registered eight. Damato felt juniors Will Geels and Ryan Filo played well on defense for HHS. Geels had six tackles and an interception and Filo had 3 1/2 tackles.
"Both are extremely hard working and it came as no surprise that they did an exceptional job at their respected positions," Damato said.
Adam Hartung also had an interception for the Chargers. With 25 seconds left in the first quarter, Jake Kessenich made a 22-yard field goal attempt.
Hamilton travels to Cedarburg for 7 p.m. kickoff Friday, Aug. 26, in the final nonconference game of the season