HAMPTON - Hampton has solidified their postseason hopes with a win over Druid Hills Friday..

Against Druid Hills, a win is all but assured on paper, but the same could be said about the program earlier in the season where they dropped a nail-biter to North Clayton. But the fact of this week remained, the Hornets had to play through the 48-minute game to keep their hopes alive. Hampton won at the end of the night 41-0 over Druid Hills.

Druid Hills received the opening kickoff and immediately began to drive down the field, but errors and penalties along with a solid defensive outing from the Hornets ultimately led to the offense driving down the field.

Untavious Varner had his number called often Friday night but the first drive was started by and ended by the junior. A 30-yard gain kickstarted the Hornets and later in the drive, a simple 1-yard rush gave the Hornets their first score.

However, the Hornets couldn’t score again in the first quarter as an untimely fumble bounced the way of Druid Hills as Hampton relied heavily on the run in the cold temperatures.

When the second inning came, the Hornets were the only team to close out the first half with scores as they completed another drive to the endzone that began with an interception.

Zach Porter carried the ball into the endzone from 13-yards out and pushed the Hornets to a two-score lead but Hampton wasn't done with their scoring.

Another timely interception for the Hornets and a long drive that incorporated a deep pass and a rush from Varner led to Andrew Pavon scoring the three-yard scamper.

In the second half, the Hornets ran further away from Druid Hills. A highlight field goal block and return from Jaylin Miller led to Hampton's fourth score of the night.

And two more touchdowns ultimately sealed the game up for the Hornets.

Hampton improved to 5-4, 4-2 on the season and further solidified their postseason hopes.

Box Score

HHS 7 14 20

DHS 0 0 0 0

First Quarter

HHS: Varner 1 rush (5:45, Pavon PAT, 7-0)

Second Quarter

HHS: Porter 13 rush (8:20, Pavon PAT, 14-0)

HHS: Pavon 3 rush (:36, Pavon PAT, 21-0)

Third Quarter

HHS: Miller 85 return (7:40, Pavon PAT, 28-0)

HHS: Varner 1 rush (2:34, Pavon PAT, 35-0)

HHS: Varner 1 rush (12.8, Try Fail, 41-0)

Fourth Quarter

No Score

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Graduated from South Carolina State University in 2015. Been with the Henry Herald and Clayton News in two capacities as a sports journalist and interim sports editor.

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