Bulldogs big plays derail Longhorns
Published 11:43 pm Friday, August 26, 2022
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Big plays in the pouring rain enabled the Hampton Bulldogs to roar to a 36-0 halftime advantage en route to a 44-0 victory at J.C. Campbell Stadium on Friday night in a nonconference contest. Most of the game had to be played like a half-court basketball game due to a bank of lights that went dark in the second quarter.
“I think some of our guys that were inexperienced have grown up quite a bit,” Bulldogs head coach Michael Lunsford said. “Last week’s game really helped us out and helped us grow up as a team. Levi is running the ball well but those guys up front blocked their tails off.”
Hampton tailback Levi Lunsford rushed for 107 yards on 10 carries all of those coming in the first half. The Bulldogs opened the contest with an 84-yard kickoff return from Dominique Burleson and Johnson County fumbled on its kickoff return with J.J. McElyea making a big hit and stripping the ball with the ‘Dogs taking possession at the Longhorn seven-yard line.
“McElyea made a big hit and he kind of let guys get outside of him last week and we kind of let him have it, so it was good for him to come back and make a play,” Lunsford said. “This is the first time I have played halfcourt football but that’s a type of adversity you want to see your guys overcome.”
Lunsford scored on a five-yard run and took in the deuce for a 16-0 Hampton lead.
The ‘Horns third possession was a turnover on downs with Hampton taking command at the 35-yard line. From there the ‘Dogs used a four-play drive with Chance Point taking a 15-yard scoring pass from junior quarterback Dylan Trivett.
The two-point run failed but Hampton led 22-0 with 44 seconds left in the first period. In the second period, Jonathon Greenwell ripped off a 52-yard scoring run for a 30-0 Hampton lead. Also, in the second period, Geno Carrico capped off a seven-play, 50-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown reception from Point who ran in the two-point try for a 36-0 lead.
No one scored in the third period but Hampton put the icing on the cake with a fourth quarter drive that was eight plays and 67 yards with Hicks rushing one yard for the touchdown and Point throwing to Carrico for the two-pointer.
Johnson Co. 0 0 0 0 – 0
Hampton 28 6 0 8 – 44
H – D. Burleson 84 kickoff return (Lunsford run) 11:48
H – Lunsford 5 run (Lunsford run) 10:31
H – Greenwell 52 run (run failed) 5:43
H – Point 15 pass from Trivett (run failed) :44
H – Carrico 11 pass from Point (Point run) 2:45
H – Hicks 1 run (Point pass to Carrico) 8:42