Cooper’s FG as time expires gives Hamilton West a crazy, 31-28 win at Lawrence

Hamilton High Wet Quarterback Hezekiah Patterson in a file photo by Michael A. Sabo.

By Rich Fisher
Sep. 8:

If you’re looking for anything better than that, you’re not getting it here as wow is the best we can do.

In one of the most memorable Hamilton West football victories in many a year, Dominic Cooper’s 38-yard field goal with time running out gave the Hornets a heart-pounding, 31-28 victory at Lawrence Friday night.

The victory puts Hamilton at 2-0 for the first time since 2011 as the Hornets continue to play on the road until their bleachers are installed.

West held a 28-20 lead until Will Johnson’s 10-yard run and a 2-point conversion tied it late in the fourth quarter. But Hamilton got into Cooper’s range and he nailed it to start the celebration.

After Lawrence fumbled the opening kickoff Ryan Hogan made it hurt with a 3-yard touchdown run and the first of four Cooper PATs.

Lawrence tied it at 7-7, but Hamilton’s Brandon Muir took the ensuing kickoff back 67 yards to make it 14-7. Lawrence scored two TDs for a 20-14 halftime lead but Hamilton battled back again.

Muir caught a 53-yard touchdown pass from Barry Ndeh and Cooper’s kick made it 21-20. Christopher Charles grabbed a 15-yard scoring strike from Hezekiah Patterson in the fourth quarter to put Hamilton up 28-20, setting up the wild finish.

Earlier in the game, Charles made his 12th career interception to tie the school record.


Ken “The Facebook King” Nehila contributed to this story

About The Author

Rich Fisher has been around the Hamilton Township sports scene for so long that he actually got Rich Giallella’s autograph when Giallella was still a player! Proud product of Hamilton YMCA and Lou Gehrig baseball leagues and former teammate of Jim Maher on a very average Barton & Cooney rec basketball team, Fish graduated from Nottingham Junior High and Steinert High school and has covered township sports since 1980. His goal in life is to convince Maria Prato that Jersey tomatoes are at least 100 times better than California tomatoes.