It wasn’t the season opener that the Hampton football team was hoping for.
The Bulldogs were unable to keep pace with a frantic Gatlinburg-Pittman attack as Hampton dropped a 46-6 decision in Gatlinburg.
The homesteading Highlanders jumped out early with a drive that was capped by a 25-yard touchdown pass. After Hampton was forced to a three-and-out, the punt was blocked at the goal line and GP recovered for a score – 90 seconds after their first touchdown.
Hampton, however, battled back.
Conor Jones, Isaiah Greenwell and Caleb Oaks carried the ball and helped the HHS offense move efficiently. As the second quarter opened, Oaks scored on a four-yard touchdown to cap a 95-yard drive.
Gatlinburg-Pittman answered quickly as on the next offensive play Jayden Schober ran into the end zone from midfield to answer. That score was part of 19 unanswered points to end the half as GP took a 33-6 advantage into the locker room.
The Bulldogs continued to battle in the second half as Jonah Jones and Gage Chambers recorded interceptions. However, the Hampton offense was unable to solve the GP defense to get back on the board.