Rough season opener for Bulldogs

Mason Johnson of Hampton-Dumont watches the ball after he batted it away against Southeast Valley in the first half on Friday, Aug. 24. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

HAMPTON — Right from the start, it wasn’t Hampton-Dumont’s night in the Bulldogs’ home opener.

During the second play of the game, senior lineman Owen Kirschbaum went down with a knee injury that calls into question his status for the rest of the season, let alone the rest of that game.

“On film, he got hit from the side and his foot is in the ground,” Bulldogs’ coach Dan Aalbers said. “We knew how we wanted to work a rotation offensively and defensively and that threw it out the door right away.

“He has a doctor’s appointment on Monday, we’ll find out more. It was swollen. We certainly hope not (he’s out for the season), but we can guarantee at least a few weeks.”

The full story appears in the Aug. 29 print and online editions of the Hampton Chronicle.