Bulldogs take crucial county clash over Happy Valley

Carter County Sports

In a pivotal Region 1-2A clash, Hampton took care of business.

Conor Jones scored three touchdowns while the Hampton defense limited Happy Valley to 65 offensive yards in a 28-0 victory over the Warriors on Friday night in Hampton.

The Bulldogs improve to 2-0 on the season, while HV moves to 1-1 on the year.

Points were hard to come by in the opening half.

The Bulldog defense was able to get a quick stop on the game’s opening drive, and then the Hampton offense went to work as the Bulldogs covered 52 yards in 13 plays. Hampton, however, came up empty-handed as a fumble rolled into the endzone and Happy Valley’s Gabe Nickels recovered it for the touchback.

On the ensuing drive, Happy Valley moved the ball with a lengthy drive of their own but was forced to punt. The Bulldogs broke the stalemate with just over three minutes to play in the second quarter as Jones recorded a 19-yard touchdown run.

Michael Harrison hit the extra point through the uprights to give HHS a 7-0 lead.

The teams traded possessions to end the half as Hampton maintained the 7-0 advantage.

The third quarter saw things get trickier as rain poured down at the end of halftime.

Happy Valley’s defense saw Alex Caldwell recover a Hampton fumble on the opening drive of the half. The rest of the quarter saw the teams struggle to find footing as they traded possessions.

Hampton, however, took control in the fourth.

Jones ran into the endzone from four yards out to give Hampton a two-score lead with 9:02 to play, and the Hampton defense continued to stymie the HV offense on the next drive – including on a fake punt.

Jones got his third score of the night on an 11-yard run with 6:21 to play that proved to be the clincher.

Ty McElyea added a touchdown with two minutes remaining to account for the scoring.

Vines led Hampton as the running back had 17 carries for 103 yards, while Morgan Lyons tallied 80 yards on 11 carries. Jones finished with 14 carries for 63 yards and also went 3-of-4 passing for 65 yards.

Eli Ayers led the Warriors as he went 5-of-9 passing for 69 yards. Andrew Little had 52 receiving yards on 4 catches, while Alex Lunceford added 17 receiving yards.

Hampton held HV to -4 yards rushing for the game.

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