Franklin Regional Routes Hampton

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Hampton likely will have nightmares about the Friday night's second quarter.

Hampton allowed Franklin Regional to score 28 points during the period and ended up losing its Greater Allegheny Conference opener, 35-7.

"This was the first game of the year where I was a little disappointed. It was unfortunate, and it was sad to see," Hampton coach Greg Mihalik said. "We have a young team, and this is the first time we got down like that all year. I wasn't happy with the way we responded. We gave up, and we quit."

Hampton (1-3, 0-1) had a scoring opportunity early in the first quarter after starting its second possession at the Franklin Regional 32-yard-line.

Two long runs by junior tailback Zach Smith got Hampton to the 14, but senior Garrett Flory's 31-yard field-goal attempt fell short.

Franklin Regional (2-2, 1-1) took advantage on the ensuing possession, driving 80 yards on eight plays, capped off with a Chad Bowman 3-yard run.

Hampton's next drive stalled deep in its own territory, and on third-and-8, quarterback Jeff Cully was sacked at the 3 by Jesse Samek and fumbled. Panthers linebacker Nathan Plonsky jumped on the loose ball in the end zone to give the home team a 14-0 lead. …