By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Very seldom do you get a large traffic jam on Highway 67 but that might be the case on Friday night from Fish Springs into Hampton. Bragging rights will be on the line when Johnson County faces off with the Bulldogs inside of J.C. Campbell Stadium.
The Longhorns have been beaten soundly in their last two meetings including a 55-22 thumping last year inside of Paul McEwen Stadium.
Hampton scored a 50-14 victory in 2015 and leads the all time series 36-31.
Kerley spoke about the game briefly after Friday’s 34-0 win over Sullivan East.
“You always know they’re going to have a strong running game,” said Kerley. “They like to line up and run it at you. They’ve been able to do that against almost everyone they have played.”
Things won’t be any different this season.
Hampton returns running back Hunter Davenport who ran for over 1500 yards last season and quarterback Jason Russell who completed 41-of 71 passes for 986 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Bulldogs once again have some beef in the line led by three-year starter Caleb Wilson who tilts the scales near 300 pounds and senior tight end Gavin Hardin.
“Sullivan East and Hampton are definitely revenge games,” said JCHS’ senior linebacker Hayden Osborne. “We haven’t beaten either of them since I’ve been here.”
Osborne got revenge with a 34-0 shutout win over East in their season opener but nobody is expecting that type of game at Hampton.
“It would be one of our biggest wins of the year,” said senior defensive end Cameron Clawson during a recent interview. “That game is as big as any conference game we play.”
Clawson’s analysis was perfect for anyone who has played in the game.
This reporter was the starting tailback at Hampton in 1977 when Johnson County come calling on our home turf. We were 5-0 and off to a great start. The Horns left with a 13-7 victory and spoiled our season. I left with a sick feeling that stuck with me for more than a decade.
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