Bulldogs rout West Greene

By Jamie Combs
SPORTS EDITOR
jcombs@starhq.com

  MOSHEIM--No player stood head and shoulders above his Hampton teammates on Thursday night, but solid individual performances rolled in for the Bulldogs like chocolate chip cookies at a bake sale.
  Wrapping those performances into a tight package, the 'Dogs generated a 41-0 Watauga Conference rout of winless West Greene in rainy conditions at Jim Sauceman Field.
  "When you play pretty well, it makes you happy because sometimes you don't even practice well," said Hampton coach J.C. Campbell. "You can talk about the level of competition, but sometimes you can't do anything with any level -- so this has to be pleasing."
  The six touchdowns Hampton (1-0, 2-2) put on the board came from six different players -- junior Brandon Barnett, senior Gene Sanchez and freshman Dustin Milhorn scored the first TDs of their careers -- quarterback Zack Crabtree passed for TDs on his only two throws and tailback Cody Farmer garnered a career-high 90 rushing yards, which included a scoring burst.
  Moreover, Hampton held West Greene (0-2, 0-5) to 106 yards of offense, and defensive end Lucas Roark snuffed out the Buffaloes' one golden scoring opportunity by picking up a fumble and returning it 92 yards to paydirt.
  "I was just hoping I was running the right way," said Roark of his shining moment, which came on the final play of the third quarter. "I've never done anything like that before -- it was exciting. Our defense played really well."
  Barnett added a two-point conversion run to the Roark TD, building the 'Dogs a 35-0 advantage. Milhorn, Hampton's third quarterback of the game (following Crabtree and Roark), closed out the scoring on a 2-yard keeper with 3:13 to go.
  It was Barnett who got the 'Dogs off to the races. His juggling first-quarter catch in the end zone on a 16-yard toss from Crabtree accounted for Hampton's initial points, then Cody Walsh kicked the first of his three straight extra points for a 7-0 score.
  Walsh, at tailback, did the honors on the second Bulldog TD, going untouched on a 20-yard romp as time expired in the opening quarter.
  West Greene managed to hold its own through most of the second quarter, but saw its hopes really start to dim when Sanchez worked himself open down the right sideline and hauled in a Crabtree 33-yard TD pass shortly before halftime. Hampton led 21-0 at the break.
  "It was pretty good," said Sanchez, referring to his big play. "It was just a good call by the (assistant) coach. Mr. (Scotty) Bunton called that one for me. I talked to him before the game and asked him if I could get a touchdown pass tonight. He told me he'd do his best. He told me he had to twist J.C.'s arm to do it, but he called it pretty good."
  Farmer, on a 21-yard run, joined the scoring act with just under six minutes to play in the third quarter. Breaking to the right side of the field, he finished the play by stretching his way across the goal line as he was being taken down.
  The senior's overall rushing total, which came on a season-high eight carries, spearheaded a 331-yard effort by Hampton on the ground.
  Said Farmer of his showing: "It kind of impressed me because I hadn't got to carry the ball much this year. It builds my confidence up."
  Fullback Jonathan Potter contributed 10 carries for 76 yards, with Walsh adding 51 yards on six rushing attempts.
  Potter, as well as offensive linemen Seth Clawson, Johnny Price, Donny Davis, Travis Mizzell and Martin Winters, administered some heavy-duty blocking on the night.
  Asked what was the key to his success against West Greene, Farmer said: "Following Jonathan Potter. He made some good blocks, and the line did real good."
  Winters, at linebacker, and Price, at tackle, played very well defensively. Winters had a Bulldog-high seven tackles, snared an interception and contributed to two sacks. As for Price, he notched 2 1/2 of Hampton's five sacks, and totaled six tackles.
  Hampton also received six tackles apiece from Clawson, Roark, Potter and Matt Largent.
  About the only negatives for the 'Dogs were three lost fumbles and 10 penalties for 75 yards.
  "I'm pretty well satisfied," Campbell said.
  The Buffaloes were paced by Jeremy Cureton's 62 yards on 16 rushes. Matt Tweed recovered a pair of fumbles.