A furious Hampton rally fell short on Friday night.
The Bulldogs nearly erased a 23-point deficit but dropped a 48-41 decision to Gatlinburg-Pittman in nonconference play.
It was the first loss of the season for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs set the tone early.
Hampton used a 15-play drive to open things up, and Levi Lunsford capped it off with a short touchdown run.
GP, however, answered with 20 straight points to take a 20-6 lead midway through the second.
Hampton got back on track later in the quarter as Dylan Trivett found Chance Point for a 64-yard touchdown pass as HHS trimmed the lead to 20-12.
The Highlanders added a late 50-yard touchdown pass to take a 27-12 lead into the locker room at half.
GP opened the scoring in the second half with another 51-yard touchdown pass.
Hampton, however, wasn’t going to go quietly.
Point hit McKinney on a double-pass as Hampton scored on a 79-yard pass to close within 41-18 after the third quarter.
Trivett found the endzone three minutes into the fourth with a three-yard run, but GP broke back on the board with a long touchdown run.
Hampton continued to battle as Lunsford scored on a three-yard run with just under four to play and the senior running back pulled Hampton within a possession with a seven-yard run with 1:35 left in the game.
The onside kick was unsuccessful and GP was able to convert for a first down to secure the win.
Dominique Burleson led Hampton with five carries for 98 yards, while Lunsford finished with 20 carries for 72 yards.
Trivett and Point finished with two touchdowns a piece.