Hampton saw their season end in the narrowest of margins.
The Bulldogs fell 7-6 to Midway in a heartbreaker in Class 2A playoff action on Friday night at JC Campbell Stadium. Hampton finished the season with a 5-6 record.
It was a defensive battle from the opening kick.
The teams traded turnovers in the first quarter – including a Rockwood fumble that rolled through the end zone for a Hampton touchback – as the teams were scoreless through one.
In the second quarter, the Tigers moved inside the Hampton 15, but the Bulldogs held strong on fourth down and forced a punt. HHS moved the ball inside the Rockwood 20, but was stopped on fourth down as the game was scoreless at the break.
Hampton struck first in the third quarter.
Lane Potter broke free for a 51-yard touchdown run to give HHS a 6-0 lead. The ensuing two-point conversion was unsuccessful. Rockwood, however, answered with an efficient drive that was capped off when Dylan Williams scored from one-yard out in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. The extra point was good giving the Tigers a 7-6 advantage.
On the ensuing Hampton drive, the Bulldogs saw a pass knocked incomplete on third down, and Rockwood ran out the clock to secure the win – including converting three fourth-and-1s to keep the final drive alive.
Rockwood will travel to Meigs County for second round action.