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HAMPTON -- Hampton has turned into a graveyard for Coalfield’s football team. For the third straight year the Bulldogs ended Coalfield’s season in the playoffs.
No. 2-ranked Hampton rolled to a 42-0 victory against a banged-up Coalfield team Friday night in the first round of the TSSAA Class A playoffs.
“I thought we were prepared, but Hampton is a heck of a football team with a lot of great athletes and a lot of great size. They (Hampton) play with a lot of intensity and they play the game like it is supposed to be played,” explained Coalfield head coach Garry Kreis.
Hampton used a perfect first half as they scored on all six of their possessions to advance to the second round of the playoffs, while Coalfield ended the season just like they startedeea road shutout losseeagainst an undefeated team (York Institute).
“It is a killer. We hate to lose. We always work hard to try to keep from getting in that position. A lot of people would just like to get in the playoffs, but we want to get in and we want to win,” said Kreis.
Coalfield’s season ends at 5-6 and is their first losing record since 2001.
Hampton wasted very little time in getting their first score of the game. They went 55 yards in just three plays with Michael Lunsford hitting Dustin Milhorn for a 38-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0 with 11:01 still left in the first quarter.
Coalfield responded with a nice drive of their own as they marched from their own 29 to the Hampton 5 where the gave up the ball on downs. During the drive, Noah Melton hit Shawn Armes for a 38-yard pass and Ryan Armes added 25 yards on four carries. Melton and S. Armes thought they had hooked up for a five-yard touchdown pass, but Armes was ruled out of the end zone.
“We had our opportunities early in the game to score. I think if we could have scored there we might have got some momentum and turned things around. I think when we didn’t score it took something out of us and we just went flat. They took control and we just couldn’t make it back,” Kreis said.
The Bulldogs then went 95 yards in seven plays for their second score with Dustin Jaynes going the final nine to the end zone for a 14-0 lead with 2:47 left in the opening quarter.
Lunsford then took the game over at quarterback and threw three touchdowns during the next 10 minutes to build a 35-0 advantage. He hit E.J. Newbern for a 62-yard touchdown strike and added a 67-yard scoring toss to Milhorn before he found Luke Blackmon for a 17-yard TD strike.
Coalfield lost their second fumble of the second quarter and Hampton turned it into their final score of the first half. The Bulldogs went 22 yards in four plays with Jarred Irick going the final 14 yards for six to give them a 42-0 half-time lead.
During a mercy-ruled shortened second half, Coalfield’s Jared Knight recovered a fumble on Hampton’s first play of the second half. The Jackets ran out the third quarter with their second drive (Shawn Armes ran for 56 yards in the third quarter) going down to the Bulldog 20.
Hampton then milked most of the fourth quarter clock to preserve their 42-0 win.
“They (Hampton) really took it easy on us. J.C. (Campbell) and Mike (Lunsford) have been our friends for many, many years and I respect what they have done up here,” said Kreis.
“It’s a tough loss, but life is tough sometimes. We have got a lot of heart and pride at Coalfield, and I promise you that we’re going to work hard and we will be back. We have had a good program over the years and we will be back.”
Coalfield’s 236-yard offensive effort was led by the 1-2 rushing punch of Shawn Armes (6-63) and Ryan Armes (12-62). William Armes added 20 yards in 5 rushes to help the Jackets gain 144 rushing yards. Noah Melton was 7-15 for 92 passing yards. Shawn Armes (2-70) led the team in receiving. Ryan Armes added 67 yards on five kick returns to account for 129 all-purpose yards.
“We made some plays, but we just laid the ball on the ground at some inopportune times. We kept shooting ourself in the foot,” said Kreis.
Hampton’s 430-yard offensive explosion was led by the passing of quarterback Michael Lunsford (4-4 for 184 yards, 4 TD). Dustin Jaynes (7-104), Jarred Irick (6-43, 1 TD) and Dustin Milhorn (2-31, 1 TD) led the Bulldogs to 246 rushing yards. Milhorn (2-105, 2 TD), E.J. Newbern (1-62, 1 TD) and Luke Blackmon (1-17, 1 TD) did all the damage catching the football.
The Jackets were led on defense by Brock Keener (6 stops, 1 behind the line), William Armes (5 tackles, 1 behind the line), Austin Hensley (5 stops), Ryan Armes (4 tackles, 1 behind the line) and Patrick Bunch (4 tackles). Logan Alley (1 stop in the backfield), Arron Huff, Shawn Armes,
Matt Johnston and Noah Melton each added 3 tackles. Jared Knight recovered a fumble and registered a tackle behind the line.
This was the final high school game for eight Coalfield seniors. William Armes, Jared Knight, Jake Haney, Logan Alley, Patrick Bunch, Brock Keener, Brandon Briggs and Josh Ward finished their high school career with a 38-13 record, four playoff trips, four Morgan County Championships and two Region 2-A Titles.
“It breaks my heart to see the seniors go out like this. They could have blew the school-record for wins out of the water, but things just didn’t work out like we hoped they would. They (seniors) are a great bunch of kids and they all are going to be successful in life. I love them all from the bottom of my heart,” said Kreis.
Hampton (11-0) will host Oneida (7-4) this Friday night in the second round of the Class AA playoffs. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
Coalfield returns a good core of players for the 2008 season and Kreis expects his team to be back in the hunt next season with a good off-season.
“We have a good bunch of kids that have a lot of talent set to return next year. We just need to get back in the weight room and get the right attitude,” Kreis added.
“I expect this team to bounce back and get back on the right track next season.”