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Ever since Midway beat Oneida in week six of the regular season the talk has centered on a TSSAA Class A quarterfinal match-up with Hamton and now it’s here.
Midway (11-1) has been an unstoppable offensive force for much of the season and they will be meeting an equally impressive squad in the Bulldogs.
Hampton (12-0) has pretty much annihilated every opponent on their schedule this season as they have outscored their opponents by a com-bined score of 435-119.
The Bulldogs are like most teams in that they would like nothing better than to line up and run the ball down their opponent’s throat. Hampton is capable of doing just that as they have a big line led by 6’7” 350-pound Steven Roop.
With Roop leading the way, Dustin Jaynes has rushed for more than 1,000 yards on the season with Jarred Irick providing an excellent second option.
Hampton, however, isn’t a one-dimensional team. QB Michael Lunsford has thrown for more than 1,000 yards on the season with Dustin Mil-horn and E.J. Newbern both capable of making big plays in the passing game.
Midway has also been dominant this season as they have outscored their opponents 466-197 on the season.
The key to success has been a powerful rushing attack led by FB Ray Robinson who has rushed for 1,680 yards and 22 TDs on the season.
Midway, however, has more than just Robinson as QB Eric Stansbury (685 yards rushing, 562 yards passing, 23 total TDs), RB Harley David-son (714 yards rushing, 8 TDs) and WR Will Poe (443 yards rushing, 9 total TDs) can also burn a defense at any given time.
Midway, however, will not be at full strength when they face the Bulldogs. Stansbury did not play offense Friday because of a broken wrist and the Green Wave were held to a season low 19 points.
With Stansbury sidelined, Quinton Pressley takes over under center, but he also has a wrist injury and he is wearing a cast on his throwing hand. That led to Midway being pretty much a running team against Harriman last week as Pressley attempted just two passes.
Midway should just stay at home. They’ve got two quarterbacks with casts on their wrists which takes away any chance of throwing the ball. They’re also taking on a seemingly unbeatable opponent on the road. But this is why they play the game, in an upsetee Midway 26 Hampton 21.