Hampton took care of business to open the 2020 playoffs.
The Bulldogs used a strong second half to take a 28-14 first-round victory over Oneida on Friday night at JC Campbell Stadium. With the win, Hampton advances to the second round with a trip to Meigs County slated for next Friday night.
The win also snapped a five-game losing streak to Oneida.
On the opening drive against the Indians, the Bulldogs had a strong opening drive.
After Dylan Trivett took an end-around and then threw it to Blake Peavy to get inside Oneida territory, Aidan Vines scored on a four-yard touchdown to get HHS on the board first.
The Indians, however, responded with a 59-yard touchdown from Kolby Morgan to tie things up at 7-7. The rest of the first half was a defensive battle as opportunities for both teams were limited.
The score was tied at 7-7 at the break.
Hampton broke the stalemate in the middle of the third after Morgan Lyons blocked an Indian punt. That set-up a quick five-play drive that was capped off when Conor Jones scored on a three-yard run.
Oneida, however, struck quickly as Morgan raced 45 yards for a score to even things up at 14-14 after three complete quarters.
The final quarter was all Hampton.
Jones capped off a nearly six-minute drive with a five-yard touchdown to put Hampton back in front. The Hampton defense held strong on the next Oneida offensive series, and Jones scored on a 25-yard run on the next Hampton drive to give the Bulldogs a two-possession lead.
A Hampton interception in the closing minutes secured the win for the Bulldogs.
Jones had 101 yards on 17 carries and was 5-of-10 passing for 41 yards.
Levi Lunsford had six carries for 56 yards. Lyons added 34 yards. Vines finished with 11 carries for 31 yards.
As a team, Hampton had 232 rushing yards.