Hamby, a senior for the East Alton-Wood River football team, helped lead the Oilers to their first win of the season on Oct. 2 at Metro East Lutheran High School in Edwardsville.
EA-WR defeated the Knights 42-12 for their first win on the gridiron since a 20-13 win over Wesclin on Sept. 13, 2013. The Oilers had one win via a forfeit in 2014.
Hamby’s trio of rushing touchdowns against MELHS helped propel EA-WR to victory in Week 6. He rumbled in on scores from 1, 5 and 2 yards out.
Trailing 6-0 after the first quarter, Hamby answered with two rushing TDs for the Oilers in the second quarter to send his team into the break with a 14-6 advantage.
Hamby finished the game with 11 carries for 71 yards and the three scores. He also had a fumble recovery on defense.
First-year EA-WR head coach Garry Herron said of Hamby, “He has done nothing but work hard since he came into the system. He runs hard and never gives up on a run.”
Alton’s Ferenbach has been turning heads this season with his scoring prowess.
Entering this week, Ferenbach had 18 goals to lead the Redbirds and be one of the area’s top scorers. He also has three assists, giving him an AHS-best 39 points entering Wednesday.
Maybe his biggest goal came Oct. 1 when he rifled a rocket shot into the back of the net against rival Edwardsville. It proved to be all Alton would need in a 1-0 win, as the Birds beat the Tigers for the first time since Sept. 23, 2006.
“That was definitely the biggest one because that was definitely the biggest win we’ve had,” Ferenbach said of scoring his team-leading 18th goal of the season. “It was just a huge goal.”
It’s been a grueling week for Alton, which lost 1-0 to Jersey Monday, 5-0 to Belleville West Tuesday and welcomed Columbia on Thursday.