TOLONO – For Unity coach Scott Hamilton, Saturday's game against Riverton is a case of teacher vs. pupil.
When Hamilton was coaching quarterbacks at Hardin Calhoun in the early 1990s, Riverton coach J.D. Lorton was the quarterback. Together the duo helped the Warriors claim their second of consecutive Class 1A state titles.
"I know him and his family and those people all very well," Hamilton said. "From that standpoint it's a very interesting matchup."
But don't expect Hamilton to get nostalgic and offer tips to his former player Saturday as his Rockets deal with Riverton's spread offense. Unity has played Tuscola and Maroa-Forsyth, teams that feature the same type of offense.
"We have a lot of experience facing this type of system," Hamilton said. "We've done it against some pretty good people and I think we've been able to make some good adjustments and some changes."
The Rockets started 3-3. But Hamilton said his team wouldn't hit its stride until late in the season. And after winning three straight, it turns out Hamilton knew what he was talking about.
"I think the big thing is some of our kids have stepped into roles we didn't foresee them playing earlier in the year because of injuries," Hamilton said. "But they're now familiar with their roles, and with a little bit of success they've gained some confidence."