Senior quarterback David Watford passed for 200 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for two more scores at Gloucester as Hampton defeated the Dukes 49-0 Friday night.
Here's the scary part — his coach believes Watford can get better.
"I thought he had some good plays but he is a lot better of a quarterback than he had a game tonight," said Hampton (2-0) coach
. "He can still get himself in the right mind set this year, but he's fine. He'll get better as the year goes on."
It is hard to see how, as Watford led a Crabber attack which racked up 22 first downs to Gloucester's 1 Friday night. But, despite completing 13 out of 21 passes while hooking up with six different receivers on the night, Watford shared his coach's view of his performance.
"We just made a lot of mental mistakes, stuff we could have corrected and that should not happen on the field," Watford said. "Since I've been around here four years, been starting for three, he's expecting more of me. And I'm expecting more of myself too."
Hampton scored first with 6:57 remaining in the first half, as Watford hit Daquin Moore on a deep slant across the middle of the field. Moore's touchdown capped off on a ten-play, three-minute drive which started with two Crabbers penalties.
Running back Kavon Bellamy scored on a 1-yard run up the middle to make the score 14-0 to end the first quarter. But after the Crabbers's defense forced a Gloucester fumble on the first Duke's possession of the second quarter, Watford connected with receiver Cyrus Graves on a 17-yard touchdown down the left sideline for his second passing touchdown of the night.
Watford led Graves on a go route, dropping the ball into his receivers hands just in front of the pylon to make the score 21-0.
After falling behind 28-0 at the half, Gloucester (0-2) opened the second period with a successful onside kick and drove the ball down to the Crabbers's 25-yard line before turning the ball over on downs. The teams traded possessions until Hampton running back Dallas Gogdell scored on an 11-yard run off left guard with 3:13 remaining in the third quarter.
It was the first score for Gogdell who rushed for 49 yards on nine carries. In addition, Gogdell caught five passes for 61 yards, as the junior spent most of the night as Watford's go-to receiver.
"We have been working on that roll out for a long time," Watford said. "I just know if he is in the flat and he is open, he has sure hands so he will catch it and make a play."
Watford would also score on a 7-yard run halfway through the fourth quarter and on a 3-yard run with 26 seconds remaining in the ballgame. After the last touchdown, the senior calmly the ball nonchalantly to the referee and jogged nonchalantly back to his sideline.
Like his coach, Watford knows there is always more to work on.
"We work on ourselves more than we worked against them," Smith said. "But we worked hard tonight."
Hampton 49, Gloucester 0
Hampton; 14;14;7;14 49
Gloucester; 0;0;0;0 0
Ham— Moore 15 reception from Watford (Hutcheson kick)
Ham Bellamy 1 run (Hutcheson kick)
Ham— Graves 15 reception from Watford (Hutcheson kick)
Ham— Bellamy 20 run (Hutcheson kick)
Ham— Cogdell 11 run (Hutcheson kick)
Ham Watford 7 run (Hutcheson kick)
Ham Watford 4 run (Hutcheson kick)