Jr. Warriors season finished by Jr. Dogs
The Bulldogs flexed their muscle against Happy Valley in JV football as they routed the Warriors in a 46-14 final.
Hampton scored on every possession with the exception of the time expiring, while Happy Valley had trouble in moving the ball against the tough Bulldog defense.
"It was a good team effort and everybody played well," said Hampton JV coach Scottie Bunten. "We had a speech from coach Andrews that got them fired up before the game for we haven't been playing with a lot of intensity in both JV's or varsity."
It didn't take Hampton long to pull away as two touchdowns came in the first period with Jared Irick scoring from two yards out to get the Bulldogs on the board.
Adam Townsend rambled for 53 yards on their next possession to complete one of his two touchdowns on the night.
A sweep to the left side from Dustin Jaynes went for 28 yards to put the Bulldogs up 20-0 with 8:24 left in the second period. Happy Valley finally answered with a couple of key runs from Jesse Richardson and a pass from Tyler Blevins to Daniel Shankle that went for 10 yards, but Hampton came back to score again before the first-half ended.
Irick punched in a four-yard touchdown run with 1:48 left in the second period as Hampton enjoyed a 28-6 lead at half-time.
"We had a bad game against Cloudland last week for we beat them pretty handily in the first of the season and then got beat by them last week," said Bunten. "They were not about to let that happen again and we came out and fired off the ball real well and was going forward on both sides of the ball."
It was a scary moment for the Warriors at the half, as lineman Brandon Jaynes was suffering from back spasms which delayed the second-half kick-off for nearly an hour.
Once the game got started back, Hampton picked up where they left off by marching down the field at will with Townsend finishing a five-play 47-yard drive on a catch from Dustin Milhorn.
"The line blocked hard and played good so I'm real happy," said Townsend. "The screen was working and if we can start blocking a little better on the corners we'll have that ready to go. We had a bad loss against Unicoi last week, so I'm glad to beat the Warriors. They're a good rival."
Hampton struck again before the third quarter ended when Milhorn hooked up with Jaynes for a 28-yard pass over the middle.
The Bulldogs consumed most of the clock in the fourth period after receiving an interception which led to a five-yard run from Jared Oliver.
Happy Valley scored on their last possession after making a critical fourth-down situation, as lineman Tyler Paulson got his first carry of the year for a six-yard gain.
"I don't know why they give the ball to me, but I was pretty excited even though we still lost the game," said Paulson. "It's been hard for me this season. I've been sweating bullets all year. I'd like to give a special notice to Tyler Blevins, for if it wasn't for him I wouldn't have gotten the carry."
The Warriors went on to acquire the touchdown when Chris Bennett made a stiff arm and break out to the left side for a 25-yard run.
Hampton has two games remaining while Happy Valley finishes up their season with a disappointing 0-7 record.
"Things haven't went our way this year, but on a good note, we could have fallen apart after the first three games," said Happy Valley assistant JV coach Kevin Ellis. "Everybody has stuck together and it's gotten really touch at times, but they've turned it on and you couldn't ask for more than what we've gotten out of the players."
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