September 8, 2012

Army commit Patrick Joseph & Hamilton answer the call

This past week reported on the upcoming Arizona high school showdown between Notre Dame Prep (Scottsdale) and Hamilton High School (Chandler).

Both teams were coming into Friday's contest with something to prove.

For Notre Dame, it was an opportunity to confirm their status as a program to reckoned with in 2012 after coming off a decisive 20-6 victory over Father Judge (Pa.) in Dublin, Ireland. However, standing in their way would be Hamilton, who finished the 2011 season with a 13-1 record and were Arizona's 5A-DI runner-up.

However, the 46th nationally ranked 2012 Preseason RivalsHigh 100 squad had suffered a disappointing 17-14 loss to Mountain Pointe in their season opener, which was followed by a 27-15 loss to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks (Calif) in Dublin, Ireland.

But for Army commit & 3-star offensive lineman Patrick Joseph, he knew that if he and his teammates at Hamilton had to get back to the basics that have made his school a traditional powerhouse. If that were to happen, things would begin to fall into place.

Unfortunately for Notre Dame Prep, yesterday was the day when Hamilton pulled it all together.

"We won and it was a big win for us," says Joseph with the understatement of the year as he and teammates routed ND Prep, 58-0.

"We just started playing like we normally play," says Joseph. "The first two games we just weren't clicking as an offense. We were making a lot of little mistakes and it just wasn't how Hamilton plays. We came out this game fired up and ready to go. We played how Hamilton plays and if we had played like that the first two games it would not have happen that way (0-2). I think I did well as well. I came off the ball pretty well and stayed on my blocks. It was just good to get back in the winning circle."

Joseph also noted that the team they were matched up against also had a top Army recruit on their roster in linebacker Duncan Morfitt.

"I wasn't sure who he was, but I knew he was on the defensive side of the ball," adds Joseph. With that, did Joseph have an opportunity after the game to connect with Morfitt? "I was planning on saying something to him (become a Black Knight), but I didn't know which number he was ... I would definitely wanted to say something to him."

With yesterday's victory under his belt, Joseph stated that he plans on sitting back today and watching the Army-San Diego State contest. "I will be watching that on TV," says Joseph, who had some familiar eyes from the Army coaching staff watching him perform on Friday. "Actually Coach Guyader (Andy) had a little bit of a lay over, so he stopped by and watched the first half of my game yesterday. I had a chance to say hi to him."

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