With a new conference, Hampton looks to have the same result.
The Bulldogs claimed their 10th straight conference last season, and will look to duplicate the feat with a region slate.
We take a look at the teams that make up the Hampton schedule for 2015.
August 21- at Avery County (N.C.)
Hampton will open the season in North Carolina against Avery County in Newland. The Vikings are coming off a playoff appearance in 2014, but will have a new head coach as Darrell Brewer stepped down late June. Avery, who must fill some key losses including standout quarterback Tre Jackson, has turned the program over to Jason Phelps.
August 28- Johnson County
The Bulldogs will open the home slate of games with Johnson County. The nonconference match-up saw Hampton take a 30-22 victory last season in Mountain City. The Longhorns had a 4-7 record last season, but made the playoffs before seeing their season come to a close against state runner-up Alcoa.
September 4- Cosby
A familiar foe will kickoff the region slate of games as Cosby visits J.C. Campbell Stadium. The Eagles missed the playoffs last season after going 4-2 in conference play, but Cosby was 4-6 overall. Hampton won last season’s game 47-0. The Eagles will have a new face behind center as athletic quarterback Dereck Weeks graduated last year.
September 11- Off
After a two-game home stretch, the Bulldogs will take off a week in Week 4. That sets up a seven-game run to the end of the season, four of which are on the road.
September 18- at Gatlinburg-Pittman
A new face makes an appearance as Hampton will travel to Gatlinburg to take on new region foe Gatlinburg-Pittman. The Highlanders went 8-4 last season, including a 49-14 loss to state runner-up Alcoa in the playoffs. Gatlinburg-Pittman did record a strong playoff win last season over Sweetwater before the season ending loss to Alcoa.
September 25- Cloudland
The 2015 edition of the neighbor rivalry continues in Week 6 as Cloudland will make short trek. This year’s match-up has a new dynamic as the teams aren’t conference foes this year. Cloudland went 8-3 last season, including a thrilling loss at Hampton in Week 10. The ‘Landers return a strong group of upperclassman to this year’s squad.
October 2- at Happy Valley
The Bulldogs jump back into conference action with a cross county trip to Warrior Hill. Happy Valley is under the direction of new head coach Jason Jarrett, and coming off a flustering 2-8 season. The Warriors went 2-8 last season with Hampton claiming a 28-21 nonconference victory in the match-up last season.
October 9- Sullivan North
Hampton will welcome another new conference foe to J.C. Campbell Stadium as Sullivan North makes the trip from Kingsport. The Black Raiders, who were in the Three Rivers Conference last season, went 1-8 last season.
October 16 – South Greene
The Bulldogs wrap up the home portion of the regular season with South Greene. The Rebels have been conference foes with Hampton the past two seasons with the Bulldogs taking both wins – including last season’s 47-10 victory in Hampton. South Greene went 3-7 last season.
October 23- at North Greene
Hampton will close out the regular season with two straight road games including going to North Greene in Week 10. The Huskies, who were also region mates with Hampton last year, went 4-6 with an upset win of then No. 2 Cloudland. The Bulldogs captured a 46-15 victory in last season’s matchup.
October 30- at Cumberland Gap
The regular season finale will see Hampton make the trip to Cumberland Gap. The Panthers went 1-9 last season with the lone victory coming at North Greene. Cumberland Gap lost eight straight games to close out the 2014 season.