[cleeng_content id="807959848" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]ROMNEY — Rannells Field was alive with expectations. Hampshire had a 2-0 record after beatring Preston and Elkins. Equally unbeaten Jefferson came to Romney on Friday night after winning against Spring Mills and Mountain Ridge.
Rannells Field was much quieter after the Cougars had subdued the Trojans, 34-7, with Tanner Cantrell producing 243 yards of total offense and Jefferson moving to a 13-0 lead by halftime and then finishing the job with another 14 points in the fourth quarter.
At the half, the Cougars had Cantrell’s 78-yard touchdown run and field goals of 23- and 27-yards from Hunter Colbert.
After Isaac Myers ran two yards for a score in the third quarter, the Cougar lead had gone to 20-0. Hampshire’s only points came next on a six-yard scoring pass from Shane Ennis to Dale Bryson.
Jefferson finalized the scoring with last-quarter scores from Martinez Grant (a 34-yard TD reception from Jalon Smith) and Cantrell (on a 40-yard scoring run with less than a minute to play).
Cantrell ran only 12 times but amassed 157 ground yards. His two pass receptions totaled 88 yards.
Hampshire was blunted all night by the Jefferson run defense and had only 106 yards rushing or just over two yards per try.
Jefferson’s total offense number was 441 yards. The Cougars had 19 first downs to Hampshire’s eight. Jefferson’s seven completions on 18 throws got it 187 passing yards, but also two interceptions. The Trojans were 6-for-19 through the air and suffered one interception.
On the ground, the Cougars had 254 yards on 41 attempts. The Cougars only punted twice.
Both the teams lost one fumble.
Penalties came Jefferson’s way. It was flagged 11 times for 85 yards.
The Cougars travel to Berkeley County on Friday at 7 p.m. to face Musselman in Inwood. The 3-0 Cougars will see the 1-2 Applemen.