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Hampton tops HV in defensive-minded affair

Matt Laws • Aug 31, 2018 at 11:08 PM

In a defensive struggle, Hampton had just enough in the tank to get the job done.

The Bulldogs took advantage of Happy Valley miscues to take a 17-7 Region 1-2A victory on Friday night in front of a packed JC Campbell Stadium.

The win snaps the Bulldogs’ two-game losing streak to the Warriors and improves Hampton to 2-1 on the season. Happy Valley dropped to 0-2.

EARLY BACK AND FORTH

After offensive yards were hard to come by in the opening minutes, Hampton got on the board first when Alex Hardin found Isiah Greenwell for a 13-yard touchdown — capping a drive that was set up by an errant snap on a punt.

The Warriors answered quickly as Jordan Campbell spun out of a tackle and raced 71 yards for a touchdown, making the score 7-7 at the close of first quarter.

In the first six minutes of the second quarter, the teams traded defensive blows as neither team was able to get anything going.

HAMPTON TAKES ADVANTAGE

The Bulldogs struck quickly and efficiently in the final four minutes of the first half. After starting deep in Happy Valley territory, the Bulldogs saw Hardin hit Oaks for a 21-yard touchdown.

Lane Potter stepped in front of a HV pass on the first play of ensuing drive, leading to a 30-yard field goal from Michael Harrison. That gave the Bulldogs a 17-7 lead at the half.

DEFENSES RULE SECOND HALF

The defenses took control of the game after halftime, resulting in a scoreless second half. The Bulldogs were able to ice the game over the last four minutes of the game to secure the win.

LEADERS

Potter led the Bulldogs rushing attack with 76 yards on 16 carries, while Hardin threw for 78 yards as he completed 7 of 12 passes. Oaks added seven carries for 36 yards in addition to three catches for 18 yards.

Jordan Campbell had 84 yards on 10 carries for HV. Will Tittle had 51 yards on nine carries and also had a 19-yard reception.

UP NEXT

Hampton is set to host Gatlinburg-Pittman for a non-region game, while Happy Valley will welcome Unicoi County to Warrior Hill.

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