Bulldogs looking to keep the momentum going into playoffs
BY NIC MILLER
HAMPTON – It has been a wild season for the teams of Carter County, not only in terms of games going down to the wire but also with a scare of not even getting a chance to compete in this year’s campaign.
But after a decision was finally made to resume athletics in the county, the teams in the area have finally made it to the end of the regular season and the beginning of the TSSAA playoffs.
One team that has caught the attention of most residents in the area, the Hampton Bulldogs, has put on a show for the fans and come into this postseason boasting an 8-1 record overall and a conference record of 4-1.
The only loss the Bulldogs have encountered this season came at the hands of the first-place team in District 1 2A, the South Greene Rebels, and came after Hampton had obtained perfection for the first six weeks of the season.
But the Bulldogs had finished their season out in the best way possible, defeating the last two teams on their schedule, the Volunteer Falcons and the Cosby Eagles, in succession.
And now Hampton will face a new test this week in the first round of the TSAAA playoffs as they will host the Oneida Indians.
The Indians come into this one as the second-place team in Region 2-2A behind the Rockwood Tigers.
With the conclusion of the season, the Indians will head to JC Campbell Stadium holding on to a season record of 4-4 and having an even conference record of two wins and two losses.
As tensions continue to rise, it is at this point in the campaign where it is win or go home. Everyone now has a clean slate and fans of both teams should come to Hampton expecting nothing less than a dog fight this weekend.
Kickoff between the Hampton Bulldogs and the Oneida Indians is set for 7 p.m at JC Campbell Stadium in Hampton.