Football playoffs: Weaver can’t rally in road loss
by Chris Brown
Special to The Star
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HAMILTON — For the second time in four years, head coach Daryl Hamby brought his Weaver Bearcats to face the Hamilton Aggies in the first round of the Class 3A state football playoffs.

For the second time in four years, Weaver couldn’t capitalize on key opportunities while committing critical penalties.

As a result, the Bearcats saw thier season end with a 33-18 road loss.

During the final quarter, Weaver trailed 20-12 and 26-18 but couldn’t get any closer.

“We have to quit being so self-destructive with personal fouls, bad snaps, or bad reads,” said Hamby, whose team finished the year 4-7. “We can’t do that against good teams on the road.”

Both teams’ offenses struggled for the majority of the first quarter as they exchanged punts on the first four possessions.

It wasn’t until Hamilton’s Logan Rogers found the end zone on a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:09 remaining in the first quarter, that a team took the upperhand in the game. Roger’s touchdown capped off a 12-play Aggie drive.

Rogers finished the night with 167 of Hamilton’s 233 rushing yards. In addition to his first-quarter touchdown, he added a score from 1 yard out in the second quarter and another from 2 yards out with 1:06 remaining in the game to put the game out of reach.

Aggies quarterback Justin Scott tossed a 41-yard touchdown throw to Colton Brown and 43-yard touchdown to Tre’ Lark in the fourth quarter to kill any Weaver momentum.

“I think our biggest problem was that we were undersized,” said Hamby. “We really have to hit the weight room, and get stronger.”

On what was their final game for Weaver, seniors Timothy Hawkins, Brandon Smith, and Chris Troge’ gave the Bearcats’ offense some life.

Hawkins found Smith for touchdown throws of 9 and 11 yards.

Troge’ scored on the ground from 14 yards out during Weaver’s attempt at a fourth-quarter comeback.

“We fought hard until the end and that’s what I want,” Hamby said. “I’m real proud of them.”

Hawkins finished the last game completing 10 of 17 passes for 156 yards and two touchdown passes, while also running for 44 yards.

“It wasn’t good enough,” Hawkins said of his final performance in a Weaver uniform.

Despite the loss, Hamby found only praise in his four-year starting quarterback:

“Timothy is a great kid, and he should be playing at the next level,” Hamby said. “He’s always had a great attitude and leadership, and we are really going to miss him.”

For the first time since becoming Weaver’s head coach, Hamby now has a big position to fill heading into the offseason — a starting quarterback.

“We’ll see how the summer workouts go.”
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