BETHESDA — A Georgetown Prep sophomore running back ran wild on the Benedictine defense as the Little Hoyas topped the Cadets 28-9.
Sophomore running back Jalen Hampton was a star for the Little Hoyas against Benedictine. The Georgetown Prep varsity football team had leaned on the run all season, but the Little Hoyas reached a new level of success in using that tactic on Saturday. Hampton finished the game with 239 rushing yards on 29 carries with three touchdowns.
Benedictine started the game with the ball, and was driving down the field. The Little Hoyas’ defense struggled to stop the Cadets on their opening drive. That is, at least until Prep’s junior defensive back Thomas Muldoon picked off Benedictine quarterback Jay Woolfolk on a pass over the middle. Muldoon cut to the outside, and ran past the Cadets 70 yards back for a touchdown to put his team up 7-0.
The Benedictine Cadets fumbled early in their ensuing drive deep in their own half. Georgetown Prep recovered, and it only took one play for the offense to break into the end zone. Hampton ran in from 15 yards out for the score and Prep led 14-0.
Benedictine would get a field goal before Prep’s running back Hampton got in the end zone yet again. Hampton’s nickname is “Bam Bam” and he showed why as he was able to power his way to long runs. At the half, Georgetown Prep led 21-3.
In the third quarter, the only scoring play came as the Georgetown Prep defense seemed to have forgotten about Benedictine wide receiver Dillon Tennyson. Tennyson blew past the Little Hoyas defense, caught the deep ball from Woolfolk and, with no one between him and the end zone, sailed in for a long touchdown. The Cadets went for two, but failed to convert. Tennyson and Woolfolk’s long passing touchdown reduced the gap to 21-9.
In the fourth quarter, Hampton rushed for his third touchdown, putting his team up 28-9, which remained the Little Hoyas’ winning score as they glided to the finish.
Hampton was rarely brought down by the first tackle, as he showed off his thunderous running ability in the win. In addition, Georgetown Prep’s offensive line blocked very well, helping spring Hampton downfield.
“Jalen is a young man who is working really hard, and he’s getting better. He certainly has a great deal of talent,” Georgetown Prep coach Dan Paro said of his star running back.
While he’s only a sophomore, Hampton figures to be among the better backs in Montgomery County, and may continue to do so for years to come.
The win improved Georgetown Prep’s record for the year to 4-1. Next week, the Little Hoyas will face 1-4 St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes.