HAMPTON — Roscoe Hale wasn't even born when "The Dukes of Hazzard" was popular in the mid-1980s. But he's caught a few episodes in syndication, so he understands the obvious nickname given to him by Hampton's coaching staff.
"Roscoe P. Coltrane!" Crabbers coach Mike Smith yelled when Hale's name was brought up. And for you kids out there, Roscoe P. Coltrane was the bumbling sheriff on "The Dukes of Hazzard" television show.
There was nothing bumbling about Hale on Friday night as he rushed for a career-high 156 yards in Hampton's 49-0 waxing of Kecoughtan at Darling Stadium. Hale scored on touchdown runs of 27 and 58 and had a 72-yarder negated for a block-in-the-back penalty.
With power back Marshawn Williams, who had all 101 of his yards in the first half, Hale gives Hampton's offense an extra gear. And that gear is speed, which he also shows as a sprinter in track season.
"Fastest guy in the district," Smith said of Hale. "We thought with Roscoe's speed we could get outside. It worked pretty good. Marshawn's an unselfish player. He'll block or run."
Hampton (8-1, 7-1 Peninsula District) piled up 412 yards rushing, 305 of which came in the first 19 minutes of the game. In addition to Williams, quarterback Deon Newsome ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns and freshman Demetrius Strickland had 61 yards and a score.
Defensively, the Crabbers held Kecoughtan to 83 total yards and pitched their fifth consecutive shutout. Hampton hasn't given up a point since the fourth quarter of a 42-20 win over Woodside on Sept. 21.
Hale had played only sparingly until rushing for 111 yards on four carries in last week's win over Menchville. But count on seeing him plenty in next week's showdown against Phoebus on Thursday night at Darling.
"We've been practicing hard running the ball behind the line," Hale said. "And I give it to the line, they do their thing. The running backs — me, Marshawn, Little D (Strickland) — we've been running the rock good behind them."
Hampton wasted little time taking control of this one. On the third play from scrimmage, Williams went untouched for a 60-yard touchdown to put the Crabbers up 7-0 only 67 seconds into the game.
After the Warriors (4-5, 3-5) went three-and-out, Hale scored on a 27-yard touchdown run to make it 13-0. When they got the ball back, the Crabbers took a 20-0 lead on Newsome's 2-yard run with 9:54 left in the second quarter.
After another Kecoughtan three-and-out, Hale scored on a 58-yard sprint to make it 28-0 after the two-point conversion. The Crabbers' final score of the half came on Newsome's 49-yard, cross-the-field, touchdown run to make it 35-0 with 5:15 left in the half.
The entire second half was played with a running clock.
HAMPTON 49, KECOUGHTAN 0
Ham: Williams 60 run (Lomax kick), 10:53.
Ham: Hale 27 run (kick failed), 7:56.
Ham: Newsome 2 run (Lomax kick), 9:54.
Ham: Hale 58 run (Williams pass from Newsome), 7:50.
Ham: Newsome 49 run (Lomax kick), 5:15.
Ham: Newsome 6 pass from Addison (Lomax kick), 10:27.
Ham: Strickland 30 run (Lomax kick), 7:09.
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