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Hamilton football could be scary good in 2013

Posted by on May 1, 2013 – 7:24 am

It’s a scary thing knowing the Hamilton football team was rebuilding in 2012.

The Huskies were inexperienced and started 0-2. They struggled offensively at times — all the way up to the state semifinals — but still found a way to capture another state championship.

And if they could do that despite the growing pains, who is going to stop them now?

Spring football began on Monday, and it’s time to officially look forward to the 2013 campaign. The spotlight will once again be on the Huskies, who should enter the year as the favorite to win another championship.

The talented duo of quarterback Kyle Allen and wide receiver Mark Andrews at Desert Mountain and the overall depth at Mountain Pointe is intriguing, but Hamilton has a chance to be scary good this season.

The 2012 defense only allowed 12.9 points per game and has seven starters returning, including defensive line standouts Qualen Cunningham and Caleb Peart and 75 percent of a shutdown secondary.

The offense will have to welcome another new quarterback and find playmakers, but once again there will be plenty of room for error because of the dominance expected from the defense.

It was an interesting dichotomy to see three Chandler High graduates get drafted into the NFL last week, led by third overall selection Dion Jordan. The Wolves have never been short on athletes, and with quarterback Bryce Perkins throwing to wide receivers Dionte Sykes and Mitch McCulley this season, the Wolves should once again have an offense that can light up the scoreboard.

Meanwhile, Hamilton continues to stick with a philosophy which bypasses the glamour of the spread offense for a more conservative approach.

There are probably several players on the Huskies who could be offensive stars, but instead are tabbed to play defense.

It’s clear Hamilton has bought in to the axiom that defense wins championships, and the Huskies will be the preseason favorite once again because of the stars returning on that side of the ball.

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