Junior Bulldogs dump Westview

By Marvin Birchfield

   The Hampton Jr. Bulldogs displayed ferocious defensive dominance against the Westview Jr. Pioneers as the game ended in resounding fashion by the final of 30-0 at J.C. Campbell Stadium on Thursday night.
   "I just want to thank Coach Arnett, Coach Weddle and Coach Humphrey for the job they have done this year," said Hampton coach Kelly Oliver.
   The Bulldogs allowed just four first downs the entire game, with only one coming in the first half.
   "The defense is the key, for they kept us in good field position all night," Oliver said. "And even the punts they did get off, we were in their face rushing them."
   On the Bulldogs' first possession, Brandon Barnett connected with Jordan Honeycutt on a 14-yard pass play to score, with Barnett adding the two-point conversion.
   Hampton marched inside the Pioneers' 25-yard line, but was not successful in advancing into the end-zone as Barnett fumbled on two of their possessions.
   The Bulldogs led the way at halftime by the score of 8-0, which was not indicative of how much they were in control during the first two quarters.
   Hampton received the ball in the second half and Dustin Jaynes took the kickoff for an 80-yard touchdown return. Barnett added the two-point conversion to put the Bulldogs up 16-0.
   Westview attempted to come back with a 20-yard pass from Rob Lee to Jordan Lloyd but was stopped on a fourth-down fake punt, with Jaynes coming up on the tackle.
   The Pioneers were able to get the ball back and once again Lee completed a pass to Lloyd, but fumbled the snap on the next play with Johnny Pierce recovering.
   From there, Barnett hooked up with Honeycutt on a 50-yard touchdown pass, as he was able to blow past the defender to score for the second time on the night. Johnathan Potter followed with the run for the two points.
   "Honeycutt is a late bloomer," Oliver said. "He did a heck of a job tonight, and came out and showed he's going to make some noise in high school at that position."
   Hampton scored in the fourth quarter with a 15-yard run from Potter, as he used the stiff arm and made the dive into the end zone to put the game out of reach for the Pioneers.
   "Well, we just don't have the team speed and it's plain and simple," said Westview coach Jim Ward. "We've got 17 or 18 players that have not really played the game before. They're good athletes but just not football players yet, which they will be by the time they get to high school."