'Dogs dispatch Chuckey-Doak


Photo by Rick Harris
Hampton quarterback Mitchell Morton ran for a touchdown and threw for another.

By Jamie Combs
SPORTS EDITOR
jcombs@starhq.com
Like worker bees gathering nectar to make honey for the hive, the Hampton Bulldogs got the job done with a total team effort on Thursday night.
Knocking off Chuckey-Doak 29-13 in a Watauga Conference affair, the 'Dogs finished out their home schedule on a pleasant note and continue to control their own destiny for a playoff berth.
"We played pretty well in spurts," said Bulldog coach J.C. Campbell. "We played pretty tough when we had to. We had some silly mistakes, as usual, that cost us. Overall, we were pretty solid."
Moving to 3-2 in the conference and 5-4 overall, the third-place 'Dogs can guarantee themselves a trip to the postseason with a regular season-ending win at South Greene next week.
Against the Black Knights (1-4, 2-7), Hampton would have no big star on the night. The 'Dogs' scrappy defense, though, didn't give up a score until late in the fourth quarter.
"We just came out here and played good defense all night," said senior linebacker Sean Moody, who registered a Hampton-high eight tackles and recovered a fumble. "They ran a kickoff back on us -- stuff like that happens -- and Chuckey-Doak never quit. We just came out and played as hard as we could."
Offensively, the 'Dogs received 104 yards rushing (on 13 carries) from fullback Justin Waycaster, and quarterback Mitchell Morton had a hand in a couple of touchdown plays. The work on the line was excellent all the way through, paving the way for 245 yards on the ground.
Asked what he and the other Bulldog linemen were doing to spark their running backs, junior Seth Clawson, who flourished at center, said: "We just got motivated and we all started working together. We started picking up the blitzes of the linebackers and the nose guard. We did well in the trenches."
Hampton, which led the Knights 20-0 at the half, quickly got on the board in this game as Cody Walsh cut loose on the opening kickoff, scampering 96 yards for a touchdown.
"He's pretty quick there," Campbell said of Walsh. "He found a seam and did a pretty good job on that."
Walsh also scored on a kickoff return last week at Cumberland Gap.
Hampton's next set of points would come midway through the second quarter, with Waycaster capping a 12-play, 84-yard drive with a 1-yard TD plunge. Morton then hit Adam Townsend for a two-point conversion, extending the Bulldog lead to 14-0.
A Chuckey-Doak turnover enabled Hampton to score just before intermission. Gaining possession on the Knights' 13, the 'Dogs struck paydirt three plays later as Morton rolled to his left and fired to Jacob Moss for a 5-yard TD.
Early in the second half, the 'Dogs struck for another long touchdown. One play after Chuckey-Doak fell short on a fourth-and-2 play from midfield, Morton erupted for a 51-yard scoring run. Walsh followed with an extra-point kick and the 'Dogs found themselves with a 27-0 advantage.
The Knights produced a bright light of their own on the ensuing kickoff, with Chris Blevins racing to the end zone on an 88-yard return. Deandre Claridy booted the PAT.
Near the end of the third quarter, the 'Dogs collected a safety off an errant Chuckey-Doak punt snap. The Knights later finished out the scoring when Nick Havers threw to A.J. Pricenor for a 31-yard TD.
According to Moody, the Hampton seniors were determined to go out on top in their final home appearance.
"We didn't want to lose our last game at home," he said. "We wanted to come out and win, and leave on a good note."
Morton amassed six carries for 68 yards, and had six tackles and a fumble recovery for the 'Dogs. Teammate Donny Singleton contributed seven tackles.
Now the 'Dogs must brace for a tough test at South Greene, which is competing with Hampton and Cumberland Gap for the third and fourth playoff berths in the conference, next Friday night.
"They're always tough down there," Campbell said.
Added Clawson: "We're going on a real positive level. We've all got good mindsets."
Notes: Hampton's nine seniors were recognized before last night's game. This year's class, in addition to Moody, includes Eddie Lance, Brandon Bowling, Adam Potter, Dustin Crumley, Eric Swain, Singleton, Waycaster and Morton.