Hampton Rolls Past Avery



Hampton scored early and often Friday night.

The Bulldogs pulled away to take a 54-26 victory over Avery County (N.C.) inside J.C. Campbell Stadium.

With the win, Hampton improves to 2-0 on the year.

It was a back-and-forth battle in the early stages.

The HHS defense set the tone as Michael Harrison nabbed an interception on the game’s opening drive and returned it to the Avery 1. Levi Lunsford scored on the very next play to give Hampton a 6-0 lead.

The Vikings, however, answer when Will Stanford found Logan Gilliam for a touchdown pass, and the extra point gave ACHS a 7-6 advantage.

Hampton countered once again as Harrison caught a Conor Jones pass for a 40-yard touchdown, but Elijah Holtsclaw and Stanford connected on the ensuing possession to tie things up at 14-14.

Jones put Hampton in control with a 27-yard touchdown and added a five-yard score later on in the quarter to take a 28-14 lead.

After Avery cut into the lead when Mason Thomas caught a Stanford pass for a touchdown, Johnathan Greenwell scored a three-yard run for the Bulldogs to take a 41-20 lead into the half.

Hampton opened the scoring in the third quarter as Jones hit Chance Point for a 24-yard touchdown.

Greenwell capped the Hampton scoring in the fourth quarter with an 11-yard run.

Jones finished the night 8-of-11 for 138 yards and added nine carries for 65 yards.

Greenwell tallied 12 carries for 88 yards, and Lunsford ended the night with 17 carries for 87 yards. Harrison had five catches for 55 yards and also added four extra points.

The Bulldogs stay in nonconference action next Friday night with a short trip to Roan Mountain to take on Cloudland.


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