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Football: H-F leaves little doubt in blanking Harlan

Updated: August 30, 2014 4:54PM



Deante Harley-Hampton didn’t waste any time making sure Homewood-Flossmoor’s offense picked up where it left off last season.

Harley-Hampton took the ball on the first play from scrimmage straight into the end zone, showing his burst on a 94-yard scamper up the gut.

“That’s a play we wanted to run on (Harlan) since we really didn’t know much about their scheme,” Harley-Hampton said. “One cut and go.”

H-F flashed its big-play ability all night Friday. The Vikings scored four touchdowns on their first six offensive snaps, shellacking visiting Harlan 48-0 to kick off a successful Week 1.

The only thing that could stop H-F’s assault was a lightning delay, which happened less than five minutes into the game — though it came after Devonte Harley-Hampton, Deante’s twin brother, scored on a 2-yard run to give the Vikings a 13–0 lead.

“The momentum of the ground game is what gets us going,” Deante Harley-Hampton said. “I really feel like it’s what’s going to help us win big games.”

Devonte Harley-Hampton added another touchdown on a 14-yard jaunt in the second quarter to give the Vikings a commanding 27-0 lead.

“They’re special kids and special backs — especially when you put a supporting cast around them,” H-F coach Craig Buzea said of the twins. “I’m glad they’re on our side.”

Quarterback Bryce Gray completed both of his pass attempts. One went to Deante Harley-Hampton for 21 yards. The other was a strike down the sideline to Kendric Pryor, who made a beautiful grab for a 44-yard touchdown.

But for all the offensive fireworks, H-F’s defense wasn’t too shabby, either.

After forcing a punt on Harlan’s first possession, linebacker Quintin Walters tackled the Harlan punter inside H-F’s 10-yard line, setting up Devonte Harley-Hampton’s touchdown two plays later.

There were question marks surrounding the Vikings defensive unit after linebacker Preston Sanders, the lone returning starter from 2013, went down with a severe leg injury just before the season started.

Any doubts were quickly answered, as six of Harlan’s first 10 plays were for negative yards.

“We wanted to prove a point,” linebacker Justin Chu said. “We don’t always get noticed like our offense.”

Chu returned an interception for a touchdown midway through the first quarter. It was the first of three interceptions for the H-F defense, which also got strong play from its reserves.



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