Hampshire storms through Patriot defense

A 19-point scoring spree that sandwiched the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth period lifted jubilant Hampshire to an insurmountable lead over Washington, and the Trojans went on to a 49-33 win at Marcus Stadium that very much kept in motion a possible Class AAA playof berth for the free-scoring visitors.

After receiving news they would be awarded a forfeit win over Elkins, the Trojans joined the Senior Night ceremonies at Washington believing it had an improved 6-2 record. The run-based win on Friday elevated the Trojans to a position where they could actually see that playoff berth on the horizon should they defeat Frankfort (a team that fell to Washington 11 days ago) this week.

Denard Hartwell uses a stiff arm to ward off a Washington tackler in Hampshire’s 49-33 win over the Patriots last Friday.

It was Senior Night and the Patriots were coming off an electric win the week before against the previously unbeaten Falcons. But nothing they did could keep Hampshire from using the sweeps of Denard Hartwell and the 381 rushing yards it rolled up to score a total of seven touchdowns.

Hartwell had 263 rushing yards on just 21 carries and his early 53-yard scoring burst set the tone for the rest of the slugfest.

Hampshire had scored first. And it would score last in winning by 16 points.

It was a 24-14 Hampshire lead at the half. But then the Patriots closed to within three points at the outset of the third period. It was then that the Trojans rallied back with three straight scores to get away to a 43-21 lead that had become definitive enough to get a win.

Washington had 323 yards of total offense with Dante Washington getting 99 rushing yards and Mike Grant catching eight passes for 158 yards. Grant scored twice, Colin Gustines had a pair of scores, and Washington had a nine-yard TD run.

But Hampshire didn’t tarry. It rushed over the Patriots . . . giving Washington a 2-7 record to take to its season finale against Jefferson, now 1-8 after losing at Hedgesville. On Monday, the WVSSAC reversed its verdict against Elkins and rescinded all the forfeits against it . . . and left Hampshire with a 6-3 overall record and needing a win over Frankfort to reach the playoffs.

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