Hico dominated Hamilton 41-12 in the Hamilton County Championship that is taking on a new name as the “Battle of the H’s” Friday night.
“I’m not really sure what you’d call our rivalry,” said Hico head coach Keith Wood. “We were thinking about naming it after the little rivers that run between our towns, but we didn’t like that so we’re just going with ‘Battle of the H’s’.”
The name didn’t really matter in the end because the only names Hamilton was thinking about were Alex Sikes, Dylan Turner and Seth Hankins.
The Tiger trio of backs combined for 369 of Hico’s 395 rushing yards and all six Tiger touchdowns.
Sikes racked up 171 yards and a score on 24 carries, while Turner and Hankins added 105 and 93 yards on 16 and six carries, respectively. Hankins scored three times while Turner punched it in twice.
Sonny Morrow was the unfortunate beneficiary of some dropped passes, but did manage to complete three of seven attempts for 41 yards. Brett Willis caught two for 16 yards and Sikes snagged a 25 yarder.
The Hico defense allowed only 185 total yards of offense, with 60 coming on one pass play.
Morrow recorded an interception and a fumble recovery while Hankins grabbed a pick and Sikes scooped up a fumble.
The Tigers finished the season 7-3 and still missed the playoffs despite a 4-3 record in District 16-2A.
“We beat teams like Eastland and Tolar that both made the playoffs, but we’re in a very competitive district,” Wood said. “But to finish the season like this leaves a good taste in the kids’ mouths. We feel like we’ve had a successful year.”