Chronicle Editorial

Bulldogs barking at the post-season's door

     Friday evening provides local residents one final opportunity to catch the Hampton-Dumont football team in action at home this season, and fans should head out in force to pack the stadium and cheer on the Bulldogs as they edge closer to a Class 2A playoff birth.

     It's definitely been a great year on the gridiron for Hampton-Dumont. An exciting win over rival Iowa Falls-Alden early in the season lit the fire that kept this scrappy team rolling all year, and these young men also proved they could bounce back after tough losses. A heartbreaking defeat at Osage three weeks ago severely jeopardized the Bulldogs' chances at earning a post-season birth. However, that uncertainty was squashed after a thrilling win over Union on Oct. 12 that thrust Hampton-Dumont back into the playoff picture.

     It's exciting to see our Bulldogs on the cusp of post-season play. Playoff appearances don't come easy, and 2013's success is a product of the hard work these young men put into football on a year-round basis. The players, coaches and H-D support staff have all dedicated countless hours towards making this season one to remember. It's been a while since Hampton-Dumont made the playoffs, which makes this year's outcome that much sweeter.

     Sometimes it's easy to forget the hard work our local athletes put into their respective sports. It isn't until a thrilling game-sealing interception or blowout homecoming victory do we realize how much effort they dedicate towards being successful. These athletes carry the community's name and reputation on their shoulders and they should be commended for doing so in such a reputable manner. It's been fun following this team week in and week out, and their efforts haven't gone unnoticed to people throughout north Iowa.

     Winning isn't every, but it's certainly fun when our local teams see success. Their triumphs shed a positive light on to our community, stir excitement and reinvigorate pride throughout the school district. This fall wouldn't have been as memorable without the never-give-up attitude of the Bulldog football team. The post-season script has yet to be written, but it will definitely be interesting to see how everything pans out after Friday night's game comes to a close.

     This season has been thrilling and fun to follow here at Hampton-Dumont. We hope the football team's achievements translate into success in other sports, and it's already created a buzz throughout the entire community. We encourage Bulldog boosters from Hampton to Hansell and Dumont to Dougherty to show up in force Friday night to cheer on the seniors and other players in their final home performance of 2013. They've worked hard this year, and we owe them our support.

     Go Dawgs!