Hampton Middle legs out 28-6 win over Cloudland
BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
HAMPTON – With the remnants of Hurricane Ida passing over the area on Tuesday bringing some light rain to the field at JC Campbell Stadium in Hampton, the Jr. Bulldogs were brewing up a storm of their own against the visiting Cloudland Middle Jr. Highlanders.
Building a 22-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Jr. Bulldogs made the best of the early turnovers provided by Cloudland to take a 28-6 middle school affair.
Hampton quickly got on the board behind the run game that moved the Jr. Bulldogs down the field with quarterback Connor McKinney punching the first score in from 16 yards out to make it a 6-0 game with 5:16 showing on the first-quarter clock.
McKinney connected with Jaylen Burleson for the two-point conversion and Hampton led 8-0.
Cloudland received the kickoff and showed some signs of life as running back Bryce Birchfield had some nifty runs. The drive stalled when the Jr. Highlanders fumbled away the ball and Hampton recovered.
It wouldn’t take long for the Jr. ‘Dogs to get on the board again as McKinney rolled out to his left and found a seam that 53 yards later resulted in a 14-0 lead for Hampton after the two-point conversion failed with 1:02 left in the quarter.
Hampton found itself back in possession once again after Cloudland quickly coughed the football back up on another fumble and Hampton didn’t miss a beat.
Ezra Tolley tucked the ball away and scampered 32 yards for the third score of the first quarter with 48 ticks left in the quarter. Weston Hicks converted on the two-point conversion and the Jr. Dogs held the upper hand at the first horn, 22-0.
The Jr. ‘Dogs weren’t finished in the half as with a little over 1:06 off the clock to begin the second quarter, Hampton found pay dirt once again as Hicks rumbled into the end zone from 24 yards out to make it 28-0 as the two-point conversion failed.
With the 28-0 score holding to the half, neither team found offensive success in the third period as both sides began to send in multiple substitutions to get fresh faces in the contest.
Cloudland wasn’t going to leave without a score and that came with 7:27 showing on the fourth-quarter clock when Birchfield bulled in from the four-yard line to give the game its final score of 28-6 after the conversion failed.
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