Bulldogs fall in Heartbreaking Fashion



Hampton was unable to extend the season on Friday night.

The Bulldogs saw a potential game-winning score wiped off after a penalty as Hampton dropped a 14-12 decision to Oneida in the second round of the TSSAA Class 2A playoffs at JC Campbell Stadium.

Hampton finished the year with a 9-3 record.

Hampton got on the board first with a lengthy drive.

The Bulldogs opened the game on a 14-play drive that covered 58 yards and took a 6-0 lead when Conor Jones scored on a one-yard keeper. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful.

The Indians, however, responded as Trace Sexton raced 68 yards for a touchdown to take a 7-6 advantage into the second quarter.

Oneida extended their lead midway through the second has Kolby Morgan scored on a 30-yard run after a Hampton fumble. Hampton was unable to get back on the board in the half as the Bulldogs trailed 14-6.

The second half was a defensive battle as points came at a premium in the hard-hitting contest. Jones scored his second touchdown of the night in the final minute of the third quarter on a one-yard run as HHS went to the fourth quarter trailing by two.

In the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, Hampton looked like they were taking an 18-14 lead, but a flag negated the potential game-winning touchdown on a blindside block penalty with just over two minutes to play.

The Bulldogs were unable to get back into the end zone as Oneida held on for the win.

Jones finished with 18 carries for 78 yards on the ground, while going 9-of-15 for 116 yards. Matt Hughes had 65 yards on 15 carries, while Isiah Greenwell had five catches for 29 yards.

As a team, Hampton outgained the Indians 285-168.


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