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JCHS goes down to Bulldogs

There were two big plays in the first half that Hampton came up with that cost JCHS dearly.
The second half the Longhorns were simply outplayed by a more physical and faster Bulldog squad.
JCHS hung in despite two key touchdowns in the first half, but in the end fell 30-7 to the Bulldogs at J.C. Campbell Stadium Friday night.
The Bulldogs basically were ahead at halftime because of two big plays, one on offense and one on defense.
The Bulldogs went ahead 7-0 when Luke Smith completed a 37-yard strike to Cody Ingle.
The Longhorns were hanging in, but the wind was taken out of the sails again this time when Justin Atkins intercepted the Longhorns and took it back 65 yards for a score.
Hampton led 14-0 at that point and though JCHS played well on defense the rest of the first half, it was still too tough of a task.
“Friday night we played about as good as we could in the first half and take those two turnovers away we would probably had the lead in that game,” Atwood said. “They just wore us down. It was an improvement over last week.”
JCHS rallied back in the second quarter, as the Longhorns drove the down and Chase Kleine finished it off with a 12-yard keeper to cut Hampton's lead to 14-7 following Chris Stollings kick.
Kleine finished with 94 yards on 9 carries.
The Longhorns did shut Hampton down in the second quarter and looked like they still had a chance to win, but the second half was all Hampton.
After an injury to one of Hampton's key players, Adkins stepped up his game and played with a passion where he left it out on the field.
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Hampton outscored JCHS 16-0 in the third period, but Adkins did a lot of the damage and was really fired up after one of his teammates was injured.
Adkins finished the scoring with a five-yard run to hit paydirt and the Bulldogs led 30-7.
The Hampton offensive line was very impressive as well as they came through with some big holes.
The Longhorns meanwhile are trying to figure out how to fix the problems.
“I felt like the first half we played as good as we could and if you take away the mistakes I felt like we were going to be in the ball game and it just kind of snowballed on us in the second half and we made a few mistakes and you can't do stuff like that. We've got to forget about this game and focus on the Unicoi County game because we have to get that win.”
Atwood credits a lot of the tough times to youth.
“We're struggling right now and when you have a young team that's what happens,” Atwood said.”
JCHS hosts Unicoi County Friday at 7:30.
Stats for Hampton Game
Passing; Chase Kleine 2-9-1, 35 yards
Rushing: Luke Poteet 4-19, Patrick South 13-37, Chase Kleine 9-94, Chris Stollings 8-23
Receiving: Ryan Mahala 1-23, Mikey Edington 1-12
Punts: Mahala 3-27 avg.
Punt Returns: Timmy Bellamy 2-40, Jimmy Morefield 1-9, Chris Stollings 1-14.
Tackles: Skylar Reece 7, Connor Icenhour 4, Seth Little 5, Craig Jennings 6, Ryan Mahala 4, Timmy Bellamy 1, Chris Stollings 4, Aaron Osborne 2, Scottie Townsend 1, Mikey Edington 5. #64 1, Luke Poteet 2.
Fumble Recoveries: Craig Jennings 1, Ryan Mahala 1.