By Tim Chambers
A “screen” pass by Bluff City closed the “window” of opportunity for Hampton in middle school football action on Thursday night.
The Grizzlies struck for a late touchdown in the first half, leading to their 20-8 win in the semifinal round of the TMSAA playoffs at J.C. Campbell Stadium.
The Jr. Bulldogs had driven the ball inside the red zone to the 16 with 59 seconds remaining, trailing 12-8. Preston Shaffer would spoil the drive by picking off a pass on the very next play.
The momentum swung even greater after the McCoy brothers, Acie to Sam, hooked up on a 57-yard screen pass. Acie McCoy would score from 14 yards out and run in the two point conversion just before the half ended. It was a critical mistake, according to head coach Daniel Arnett.