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Player of the Week: Hamilton continues to compile the clips
WILDCATS WIDEOUT HAS ANOTHER BIG GAME TO ENTICE RECRUITERS
BY ADAM HIMMELSBACH
Mountain View senior wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton holds a slew of Division I scholarship offers. He is being courted by teams like Miami, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Michigan State.
But, unlike most senior recruits, he has not selected a college yet. On Friday night, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver crafted yet another highlight tape to show to potential suitors.
He had nine catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score as the Wildcats stunned Massaponax, 37–14. Hamilton has been named The Free Lance–Star’s player of the week.
“I was just focused on playing on both sides of the ball and playing a complete game,” Hamilton said. “I wanted to make sure I kept the team in the game, and that we were firing on all cylinders.”
Hamilton led the area with 73 receptions as a junior last year. But after Wildcats quarterback Bubby Morgan graduated, there were questions about whether Hamilton could find similar chemistry with a new signal-caller.
In Friday’s game, he and sophomore quarterback Elijah Burress were synchronized from the start. Hamilton caught a pair of short passes on the opening drive, helping set up his 33-yard touchdown grab two minutes into the first quarter.
“This game, we were focused on scoring consistently, and scoring often,” Hamilton said. “That first score gave us a lot of momentum.”
Hamilton said he and fellow wide receiver Quinton Gray often stay after practice to work with Burress, and the results have been noticeable recently.
“Coaches sometimes tell [Burress] to just trust what I can do,” Hamilton said, “and that I can get to the ball. Now he’s understanding we can all make him look good.”
Each Thursday, the Wildcats practice throwing high passes to their receivers, challenging them to jump for the ball and come down with it. During games, Hamilton demonstrates this skill as well as any receiver in the area. He leapt for a 12-yard touchdown pass from Burress in the third quarter.
“We kind of went to our horses a little bit more than we had,” Mountain View coach Lou Sorrentino said.
Against Massaponax, Hamilton unveiled another aspect of his game, as he lined up in the wildcat formation six times. Hamilton said Mountain View had planned to experiment with the wildcat against Riverbend the previous week, but they turned the ball over before they could try.
On Friday night, Hamilton looked poised in the backfield, including when he lowered his head for a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
“I don’t want to be too isolated just catching the ball,” said Hamilton, who played running back in middle school. “I want to be able to run sweeps, to run behind the fullback.”
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This season’s Free Lance–Star football players of the week:
Week 1: Javonte Latney, Massaponax RB
Week 2: Tyus White, Brooke Point WR
Week 3: Kwesie Dadzie, North Stafford RB
Week 4: Cody Goode, FCS LB
Week 5: Daeshawn Hamilton (below), Mountain View WR