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Dukes nearly upset Crabbers in playoff game

In its first football playoff appearance in 29 years, sixth seed Gloucester came just short of its first playoff win when it fell to third-seed Hampton, 14-7, Friday in the 5A Regional at Darling Stadium.

“It was a great game, they (Hampton) didn’t score on the defense at all,” said Gloucester first-year head coach John Scalf. The pair of Crabbers’ touchdowns came on an interception and a punt return. The Dukes had a late shot at a tie but could not get into the end zone. 

The Dukes Touchdown Club provided a pair of chartered buses to transport the Gloucester players and their cheerleaders, and the Gloucester Sheriff’s Office provided an escort to the Coleman Bridge. The Dukes arrived at Darling Stadium ready to play.

The Dukes were stymied by the first half touchdowns. Hampton returned a Gloucester punt for a TD just three minutes into the contest, but Hampton was slowed by a failed two-point conversion and an injury to its starting quarterback.&n...

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