Hampton breezes past Menchville 54-0 to finish season 9-1

Thursday night's contest between Menchville and Hampton at Darling Stadium wasn't over before it started, but the Crabbers made a convincing argument courtesy of Kavon Bellamy. His defensive play in the opening moments got the snowball rolling as Hampton cruised to a 54-0 win.

Menchville began the game on its 1-yard line after Jonathan Thompson muffed the opening kickoff. The Monarchs ran three plays before Jamel Boothe fumbled in his end zone and Bellamy pounced on it for the touchdown.

The Crabbers were up 7-0 before two minutes had passed.

"We ran a little stunt on that side," Crabbers coach Mike Smith said. "It worked out pretty good, set the tone for us for the night."

The Crabbers' domination didn't end there, as Hampton scored on five of its six possessions in the first half while its defense held Menchville to four three-and-outs and forced two turnovers.

In total, the Crabbers forced four turnovers – three fumbles and an interception. Menchville had three second-half possessions, losing a fumble and throwing an interception before kicker Dillon Christopher missed a 51-yard field goal to the right in the fourth quarter.

Menchville (2-8, 2-7 Peninsula District) didn't record a first down until Hampton committed a face-mask penalty with three minutes left in the second quarter.

"Defense played pretty hard tonight," Smith said. "Defense plays hard every night, makes our job easier on offense."

Hampton held the Monarchs to just 48 yards of offense in the first half. The Crabbers (9-1, 8-1) did most of their damage on the ground; Dallas Cogdell had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs in the first quarter, and quarterback David Watford added an 8-yard scamper into the end zone early in the second quarter.

Daquan Charity also had a 6-yard rushing touchdown with 4:08 left in the half.

Watford threw his lone touchdown pass with 16 seconds remaining in the half, rolling to his left and finding Daquin Moore for a 1-yard strike.

Watford went 10-for-16 for 147 yards on the night and finished the regular season without throwing an interception.

With a running clock in the second half, the Crabbers only scored twice – starting with a 97-yard kickoff return from Deon Newsome to open the half. Charity added a 3-yard run into the end zone later in the third quarter.

Charity and Watford each rushed for 28 yards, with Bellamy rushing for 26 and Cogdell adding another 22.

The Crabbers will head to Todd Stadium in Newport News next Friday for their first game of the Eastern Region playoffs. Their opponent and where they'll be be seeded will be determined this weekend.

Smith wasn't worried about his players heading in after such a lopsided win.

"Our guys are tested every day in practice," he said. "We work hard, whether we win by three or 50."


Menchville 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Hampton 21 21 12 0 -- 54

First Quarter

Ham: Bellamy fumble recovery in end zone (Hutcheson kick)

Ham: Cogdell 1 run (Hutcheson kick)

Ham: Cogdell 1 run (Hutcheson kick)

Second Quarter

Ham: Watford 8 run (Hutcheson kick)

Ham: Charity 6 run (Hutcheson kick)

Ham: Moore 3 pass from Watford (Valiant kick)

Third Quarter

Ham: Newsome 97 kickoff return (pass failed)

Ham: Charity 3 run (kick failed)

Men Ham

First downs 4 16

Rushing yards 21-17 28-129

Passing yards 45 147

Passes 3-12-1 10-16-0

Punts-avg. 4-26.8 0-0

Penalties-yards 6-45 6-45

Fumbles-lost 6-3 3-1