Bulldogs hold steady against Cowboys

Noah Noelck of Hampton-Dumont carries the ball during Friday’s game against Clarion-Goldfield-Dows. Noelck scored his first touchdown against the Cowboys from 34 yards out to start the Bulldogs’ scoring. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

HAMPTON — Hampton-Dumont’s second half wasn’t going well.

The Bulldogs had a 19-12 halftime lead, but Clarion-Goldfield-Dows scored the first two touchdowns of the second half, one following a turnover secured by former CAL player Nate Rapp, to take a 26-19 lead.

And the Cowboys were driving again in order to make the score seem insurmountable.

C-G-D, in fact, had third-and-goal from the 1 shortly after the fourth quarter had started.

However, the Cowboys incurred two huge penalties that pushed them back to the 18 and a subsequent 28-yard field goal attempt was no good that kept H-D within a score.

“That was a huge set of plays there where we could have given that up,” H-D coach Dan Aalbers said. “That was the turning point in that game..."

The full story appears in the Sept. 19 print and online editions of the Hampton Chronicle.