Hampton turned a deadlocked first quarter contest into a second quarter route on Friday night inside of J.C. Campbell Stadium.
The Bulldogs scored 37 unanswered points in the second quarter en route to their 44-8 non-conference win over Johnson County.
It was the second consecutive win over the Horns and they now lead the all-time series 38-32 but very few were ever this lopsided.
The defenses from both teams dominated play in the first quarter until a costly turnover turned the tide.
Hampton’s Caleb McKinney recovered a fumble on the Longhorns’ 20 yard line that led to a score on the second play of the period to break a 0-0 tie.
Macon Barden‘s 14-yard touchdown run gave the Dogs an 8-0 lead after Caleb Oaks passed to Matt Hughes for the 2-point conversion.
Barden’s 49 yard run on Hampton’s next possession set up a 4-yard touchdown plunge by Aiden Vines that made it 14-0 with 7:06 showing.
The Bulldogs kept pouring it on thanks to a solid defense that held Johnson County to only 24 total yards in the first half.
Oaks increased the lead at 22-0 after catching a 23-yard touchdown pass from Connor Jones then ran in the 2-point conversion.
Vines got his second touchdown of the game with 3:04 remaining in the half on a 21 yard run followed by another conversion by Oaks.
Johnson County continued to turn the ball over for the third time in the quarter. Hayden Burchfield’s interception set up Isaiah Greenwell’s 29 yard TD run in the final minutes.
Hampton led 37-0 at the half.
The game was delayed with 1:01 remaining in the first half because of lighting but resumed 38 minutes later.
Johnson County’s Samuel Mann scored a 5-yard touchdown to get the Horns on the board with 10:28 remaining in the fourth. Curtis Lowe added the two-point conversion.
Hampton’s only score in the second half came on a 4-yard touchdown pass by Connor Jones to his brother Jonah Jones. Michael Harrison kicked his third extra point of the game to close out the scoring.
Matt Hughes led the Bulldogs’ defense with six tackles and a sack.
Dylan Moffit had a pair of sacks and four tackles.
The Bulldogs are now 3-2 on the season. Johnson County falls to 2-3.
Story contributed by Tim Chambers