‘Dogs look to keep things rolling in week two against Johnson County
BY NIC MILLER
Number six in the state…is what everyone was saying about the Hampton Bulldogs’ week one opponent, the Tigers of Pigeon Forge. That is until Hampton put on an electric display last Friday night to come away with the victory in thrilling fashion, 20-14.
But the Bulldogs have put week one in the past and have now turned their focus to their second opponent of the 2021 campaign, the Johnson County Longhorns.
And Hampton hopes to use their experiences from their week one contest to shape their preparation for week two, as explained by head coach Michael Lunsford who stated some key takeaways from last Friday.
“Well for starters, we beat a very good football team. We beat a team that had some good size and knew how to use their strengths. Another thing I loved from our guys on Friday was how we dealt with adversity. We had our backs against the wall at one point and were able to fight for a win.”
As always, a coach never misses an opportunity to improve. Lunsford explained what areas his team will continue to work on, saying, “Number one, we missed a few opportunities to close things out and end the game.”
“Along with that, I believe that we can improve our passing game some. There were some times we were barely off, so we will continue to work on that.”
Last week’s win in the season opener also provides a certain mindset for Lunsdford’s team, as the coach explained, “This game was just step one. We beat a good football team and everyone on this field feels as if they can play so much better.
“It shows you that you not only have a good football team but that these guys can improve to something even greater.”
Looking ahead to this week, Lunsford is excited to keep things rolling against the Longhorns, saying, “Johnson County is always a good team that is very physical. They’ve got a tall guy at quarterback who can sling the ball very well, so it is going to be exciting to go against these guys this week.”
The exciting matchup between Johnson County and Hampton will take place on Friday, August 27th at 7:30 pm inside of JC Campbell Stadium in Hampton.