This is the type of Hampton team Peninsula District fans have grown used to seeing.
The Crabbers used a methodical offensive approach and a hard-hitting defense to overpower Norcom on Saturday and take a 28-0 win at Powhatan Field in the first round of the Eastern Region Division 5 playoffs.
The Crabbers' coaching staff noticed early in the game that the corner was open if they rolled the quarterback outside, so they began sending David Watford on the move.
Watford paved the way for the win by rushing 11 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns and throwing for 80 yards and two scores.
"We thought we could run the boot and get on the edge because they were a lot quicker inside than outside," Hampton coach Mike Smith said. "It worked out well for us tonight."
The game didn't start the way Hampton had hoped, as the Crabbers turned over the ball on downs on their first drive and fumbled it away on the next.
An 8-yard punt by Norcom changed the face of the game.
Given the ball on the Greyhounds' 21, the Crabbers made them pay when Watford rolled right and sprinted for the pylon to give Hampton a lead.
Norcom appeared poised to answer, mounting a 13-play drive that ended when Hampton's Kavon Bellamy picked off a Norcom pass on the Hampton 5-yard line to thwart the scoring threat.
Bellamy took the ball back 93 yards before being pushed out of bounds, but a clipping call brought it back and gave Hampton the ball on its own 26 with 8:02 left in the first half.
The Crabbers wore down Norcom's defense with a 15-play drive that took 7 minutes and 43 seconds off the clock and ended with 4-yard pass from Watford to Jamall Brown.
Hampton scored on its first two drives of the second half to put the game away, ensuring that the Crabbers next would face Lake Taylor.
After avoiding a sack and taking off for a 52-yard run, Watford closed out the first drive on a 4-yard run on a bootleg to the left.
On the next drive, he rolled out on a bootleg to the right and found Dion Futch open in the seam for an 11-yard scoring pass.
Nine Hampton players had rushing attempts as the team put up 216 rushing yards, and Watford connected with four receivers as the Crabbers spread the ball around.
"They were leaving the flats open and really weren't rushing off the edge," Watford said. "The defense has been doing their thing all season, and the offense is finally starting to click and do our part. It seems like things are starting run smoothly."
Hampton's defense put on its usual stingy performance, holding the Greyhounds to 170 yards of offense, just 13 on 22 carries.
It was also the Crabbers' second straight shutout.
"We got the win, which is the important part, and the shutout's just icing on the cake," Smith said. "Norcom's always been a class act, and we've won some good ones and lost some close ones. I don't know if the time off affected them more than us, but they're always a good team and put up a good fight.
"You win some and you lose some, so we're happy to have done enough to win this one tonight."
HAMPTON 28, NORCOM 0Hampton76150 — 28Norcom0000 — 0Ham: Watford 16 run (Cass kick)
Ham: Brown 4 pass from Watford (kick blocked)
Ham: Watford 4 run (Watford run)
Ham: Futch 11 pass from Watford (Hutcheson kick)TEAM STATSHamNorFirst downs137Rushes-yards34-21622-13Passing yards80157Comp-Att-Int8-15-011-19-2Punts-avg.2-365-20.2Penalties-yards6-406-27Fumbles-lost1-12-1