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Hampshire notches sixth straight win

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MARENGO -- Six weeks ago, this type of outcome seemed highly improbable.

After starting the season 0-3, Hampshire notched its sixth win in a row with a 34-7 win over Marengo on Friday night.

The win capped the Whip-Purs' perfect 5-0 run through Big Northern Conference East play and gave them the outright division title.

"It feels good, because our guys feel good," said Hampshire coach Dan Cavanaugh said. "They never quit, they never gave up, they never got down on themselves and they've worked really hard. They feel pretty good and they should."

Once again, the Whips (6-3, 5-0) dominated on both sides of the ball. Junior Ron Laramie had runs of 12 and 27 yards on the Whips' first drive, which was capped off by a Joe Moore 3 -yard touchdown run less than two minutes into the game, giving the Whips a 7-0 lead.

Hampshire held the Indians (1-8, 0-4) to a three-and-out on their first possession, and then extended their lead to 14-0 with a nine-play, 52-yard drive that ended with a Caleb Kendrick 4-yard touchdown run.

Kendrick ended his night with eight carries for 56 yards.

The Whips made it 21-0 early in the second quarter when quarterback Evan Brenner connected with his top receiver, Bo Price, on a 21-yard touchdown pass.

Brenner finished 4 of 6 passing for 78 yards, while Price hauled in three catches for 71 yards.

Brenner also went through the entire regular season without throwing an interception.
Hampshire's defense withstood Marengo's longest drive of the first half when the Indians missed a 29-yard field goal with under a minute left in the second quarter.

Hampshire scored with 1:09 left in the third quarter when Moore plunged in from 3 yards out for his second touchdown of the night to make it 27-0. The senior had 72 yards on 13 carries for the game.

A.J. Sabate broke loose for a 25-yard touchdown run on Hampshire's very next possession to make it 34-0.

Hampshire just missed pitching its second consecutive shutout when the Indians' Scott Donley broke free for a 53-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.

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I messed up. Price caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Brenner to make it 21-0, not a 21-yard TD pass.

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