Junior Warriors tomahawk 'Dogs

By Marvin Birchfield

   The Bulldogs wondered into the wrong yard on Tuesday, as neighboring Happy Valley showed who ruled the territory on Warrior Hill in a 22-6 mauling.
   "We came out and played good in the first half which was definitely the difference, and I'm proud of our kids and eighth graders for playing a good second half last week," said Happy Valley coach Alex Payne.
   The Warriors made their mark on the opening drive of the game, which went 70 yards on seven plays.
   Francisco Borquez ran off a couple of big chunks of yardage that went for 24 and 23 yards, setting up the Warriors first score of the evening.
   Charles Rollins took it in from three yards out bulling over the 'Dogs defense with 4:55 left in the first quarter.
   Borquez was the work horse of the drive with four carries for 56 yards, including converting the run for two-point conversion.
   Hampton was stifled on their first series of offense, as they managed to acquire just one first down.
   Facing a third down and six, the Bulldogs went to the air with a pass from Jonathan Lyons, but Borquez stepped up to make the pick and return it to the Happy Valley 27-yard line.
   The Warriors went three and out on their second possession, but came back on their next series to go up by a score of 14-0 with just over five minutes left until half-time.
   "I'm happy with our line play, and of course our backs had a very solid game for us, so did our secondary for they saved us a couple of time when we had injuries," said Payne.
   Happy Valley came out throwing with a six yard completion from Daniel Shankle to Brandon Jaynes.
   A 14-yard run to the left-side by Borquez, and a 24 yard run by Logan Birchfield to the other end of the field gave the Warriors their second touchdown of the night.
   The Bulldog offense was not a factor in the first half of play, as they were held to a total of 14 yards with one first down.
   "We didn't come out to play and Happy Valley did, and it's a shame you have to blow a vein at half-time, but we never quit," said Hampton coach Kelly Oliver.
   It was the opposite case for the Warriors, as they grinded out a total of 188 yards with three rushing touchdowns.
   Their last score came after a 41 yard scamper by Borquez set up a 15 yard run from Birchfield for his second touchdown of the evening.
   "We've played a good first half and second half so far this year, and now I hope we can put it all together for four quarters," said Payne.
   In the second half, the Bulldogs came out with a little fire in their eyes and extra stride in their step.
   Hampton took it to the end zone on a 12 play 60 yard drive to get their first substantial offensive production of the game.
   "We came out with a good drive and our defense stepped up, and it could have been disastrous, but we're coming out of here with some confidence," said Oliver.
   It stated off with back to back runs from D.J. Oliver and Adam Townsend for 16 and 12 yards.
   Lyons moved the sticks with a third down conversion on a quarterback keeper to keep the drive alive down inside the 20 yard-line.
   Hampton was able to get it down to the seven to make it first and goal, but the Warrior defense held tough.
   After being kept out of the end zone on three downs, the Bulldogs handed it to DJ Oliver who plowed over a couple of tacklers to get the score.
   The scoring drive nearly consumed the whole third quarter, and Hampton touch the ball only two more times throughout the game.
   It was definitely a better effort by the Bulldogs in the second half, but the lack of performance in the first was too much for Hampton to overcome.
   "I challenged them at half-time, and they really stepped their game up, so for that I'm proud of them," said Oliver.
   Lyons connected with Josh Taylor on a couple of passes for 26 yards to end the game.
   Birchfield led the Warriors with 10 tackles on the evening, along with Rollins and Adam Black who finished with nine apiece.