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December 13, 2011
NEW YORK - For the all the reasons why a high school football national championship couldn't work logistically or practically - and RivalsHigh outlined them all last week in this story - they don't do enough to dissuade the ones who would be put out the most.
Hamilton would like nothing more than a chance to go up against No. 1 Louisville (Ky.) Trinity to settle the biggest dispute over the nation's top team in many years.
"We set up the schedule we had this year just to show we wouldn't back down from challenges and that we wanted to play the best and beat the best to be known as the best," he said.
The teams tried to set up a game but were blocked from doing so by their state associations.
Hamilton, in New York City for a U.S. Army All-American tour that features some of the players up for national honors, said he would gladly give up any individual recognition for more opportunities for his team.
Don Bosco finished its season a perfect 11-0 with a state title victory on Dec. 2. Hamilton, a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year and the Anthony Munoz Lineman of the Year, said he would give up events such as the Army All-American Bowl and starting other winter sports for a chance to keep the season going.
Three more weeks of practices for one more game? Sign Hamilton up - "No question," he said.
"Football is our first love,'' he said, "every other sport comes second."
Hamilton, in fact, is jealous that players in California, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania are still playing and could finish the season with 15 or 16 games after this weekend's finals.
But it's not for a chance to prove his team is better than others - he feels it's already done that - or even to pad his stats. He just wants time with the guys.
"I wished we played that many games for two reasons: that there was no doubt in anyone's minds that we were the best and so you could spend a little more time with your buddies on that field," he said.