Hampton head coach Mike Smith (File photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
2018 was a distant memory for Hampton and Mike Smith
by Justin Russell, recruit757
Hampton dominated from start to finish in their season opener Thursday night. The Crabbers routed the Kecoughtan Warriors 34 – 0 at Darling Stadium in Hampton.
The 2018 season was a disappointment for the Crabbers, but they showed no signs of their four win output just a year ago.
After a quick 3-and-out on Kecoughtan’s first drive, senior quarterback Max Pietrykowski led Hampton on a methodical 68 yard touchdown drive to go up 6 – 0 at the 6:28 mark in the 1st quarter. Hampton never looked back after that.
Kecoughtan sophomore quarterback Marvin McCue was under pressure most of the night from a stout Hampton front seven. Hampton’s defense set their offense up with great field position for a majority of the night.
On the Crabbers’ second possession of the game, senior running back Seann Hassell punched it in from about three yards out putting them up two touchdowns early in the second quarter. The scoring drive was set up by a 30-yard strike to senior wide receiver Kalvin Bryant from Pietrykowski.
On the first play of Kecoughtan’s ensuing drive, junior running back Leroy Bracey raced 66 yards to the end zone, but the play was called back due to holding. It was the lone offensive highlight for the Warriors.
The Crabbers pretty much iced the game with about 1:56 left in the first half when Pietrykowski tacked on a 28-yard touchdown to go up 20 – 0. They put the game further out of reach after a 4-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, and continued to pour it on with a 47-yard touchdown pass to senior Jahden Jackson with 2:16 left in the game.
Mike Smith’s team looked focused the entire night aside from a few holding penalties. They only committed one turnover, but Kecoughtan was unable to capitalize after Pietrykowski’s fumble midway through the second quarter.
Hampton’s defense was in mid-season form holding Kecoughtan’s spread attack scoreless. Their combination of experience and big play ability on offense will also be hard to deal with as they go through district play.
– Justin Russell
FINAL: Hampton 34, Kecoughtan 0
Kecoughtan – 0,0,0,0 – 0
Hampton – 6,14,0,14 – 34