PREP FOOTBALL: West Point drops region opener to Hamilton on the road

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The West Point Warriors fell at Hamilton 24-12 Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Jeremy Kilpatrick)

HAMILTON, Ala. – West Point is on the road for the third straight week of the early season and fell to the Hamilton Aggies Friday night to start region play 0-1. The defense was the most glaring issue last week and this week against Hamilton, the Warriors had some problems on both sides of the ball that kept them from picking up a road win.

Hamilton took a 7-0 lead on a 20-yard touchdown run with just under five minutes to play in the opening quarter and a long touchdown run from the Aggies made it 14-0 early in the second. West Point quarterback Will Cochran scored with his legs late in the second quarter to cut the lead to 14-6 but a 37-yard field goal just before the half gave Hamilton a 17-6 lead at the break.

The Aggies were able to get those points back late in the third quarter on an 8-yard touchdown pass and go up 24-6 but the Warriors weren’t quite finished yet. Cochran connected with Kobe Bowers for a 33-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to make it a 24-12 game but neither team was able to find the end zone again and West Point was sent home with a region loss.

The Warriors will be at home for the first time this season when they host Lawrence County next week.

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