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Tomond will play for NJCAA Championship

On Sunday, December 8 former Toombs County Bulldog Tomond Hampton and his number one ranked Georgia Military Bulldogs will play for the NJCAA Football Championship against number two ranked East Mississippi. The game will be played in Biloxi in the Mississippi Bowl.

"They seem very much like us," Hampton said. "We watch them before we go to practice and they seem like a very good team. But, I think we can beat them. They run a 4-3 and they like to crowd the box and stop us from running. So, our passing game is going to help us a lot." Hampton, who is now starting at tight end, has caught four pass this season including an 83-yard reception in his last game.

GMC is averaging 46.5 points per game and yielding 17.5 and has scored 50 or more in it's last three wins. East Mississippi's numbers are 63 and 7.7. "I really don't see this as a high scoring game because both teams have good defenses and defense wins championships," Hampton added. "It would mean a lot to win because this is my first year and I am starting and I have never been on a championship team."   

Tomond will play for NJCAA National Championship

 Tomond Hampton (left) catches pass 

 The former Dawg gets a block

 Here comes a Lackawanna DB

 Tomond is tackled at the 1-yard line

Leading 7-0 late in the first quarter of his final regular season game, former Toombs County Bulldog Tomond Hampton entered the game at tight end. The ball was on the Georgia Military Bulldog 16-yard line and it was first down. Quarterback Pat Thomas threw the ball to Hampton at the 38-yard line with no defender from Lackawanna Community College wthin 10 yards of him at the time of the catch he took off toward the goal line at Lane Stadium, home of the Virginia Tech Hokies. Tomond picked up a block at the Lackawanna 46. Unfortunately, a speedy defensive back was at full stride and he closed a four-yard gap over the final 46-yards tackling Hampton at the one-yard line for an 83-yard gain. GMC scored on the next play and went on to rout Lackawanna 63-7. Watch the game JockJive (Tomond's catch is 25 minutes into the webcast)

The victory gave GMC a perfect 11-0 record and qualified the number one ranked Bulldogs for the NJCAA National Championship game against number two East Mississippi, on December 8, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Both teams have big time offenses. 11-0 East Mississippi is averaging 63.2 points per game and allowing only 7.7 and has scored as many as 90 and 79 points in a game. GMC is averaging 46.5 and yielding 17.5 and has scored 50 or more in its last three games.

Tomond, a freshman, has caught four passes for 172 yards and in his last three games has made catches of 43, 24 and 83-yards.     

Tomond is playing for #1 ranked GMC

(#44) Tomond Hampton with coach and fellow tight ends 

 Hampton (on right standing) gets instructions

Former Toombs County Bulldog Tomond Hampton is getting to do something that very few get to do. The freshman tight end is playing for a number one ranked team. His Georgia Military College Bulldogs are 8-0 and are top ranked in junior college football. "This season has been pretty good," Hampton said. "We weren't even ranked when the season started and we just beat all the top teams and now we are ranked number one. Hopefully, we can make it to the championship game."

GMC has racked up it's perfect record with a potent ofense. The Bulldogs are averaging 41 points per game- accumulating 426 yards of offense per game. "We have a good offensive team, a good quarterback, a good running back and a good offensive line," Hampton said. "That's all we focus on is scoring and we have a good defense as well." 

Tamond's role on the team is blocking on extra points and playing tight end. On October 5, in a 46-13 win at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa, Hampton caught his first pass as a GMC Bulldog. "The linebackers kept blitzing. So, we did a wide delay. I stayed in and blocked a few seconds and then flared out and caught a 22-yard pass."

In their last game GMC beat sixth ranked Nassau Community College (New York) 45-22 at home. On October 19, at 2 p.m., the Bulldogs will play host to Virginia Beach Institute in their final regular season home game. After that GMC will close out the season at Concordia College (Selma, Alabama) and against Lackawana College in Blacksburg, Virginia. 

Tomond Hampton signs with GMC

 

Tomond Hampton signs and puts on GMC hat 

In his senior season at Toombs County High School Tomond Hampton proved game in, game out that he was the ultimate multi-diminsional football player. He caught the ball, tackled it, punted it and kicked it too and on the offensive line Tomond's number eight was the number to run behind if you wanted to find an open hole. After the 2012 season, Hampton has been honored by being named to the GACA All-State team as a defensive player, he played in the GACA All-Star Game as an offensive player and he made the Middle Georgia All-Star team as a punter. However, the days of doing everything on the football field ended when he signed to be a tight end and up back at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.

"It's a good day for me to sign with a good college so I can hopefully make something of myself," said Hampton, who wants to play at a big school after his two years at the junior college are over. "I think GMC will help tremendously because it will give me a lot of discipline and help me with my grades and if I show out for them and then maybe I can go to Division 1." Last spring Clemson sent assistant coach Robbie Caldwell to watch Hampton in action. Hampton says North Carolina also showed interest and Georgia did at one point.

Hampton led the 2012 Bulldogs in four different statistical categories. He caught a team-high nine passes for 176 yards and snagged two touchdown passes. He averaged 40.4 yards per punt and had 16 tackles for a loss and seven sacks. But, at GMC he will only be playing on the offensive side of the line of scrimmage. "Now that I am on one side of the ball I can focus more on one position and I hope to get better at what I do," said Hampton.

Bulldog head coach Shane Williamson paid Hampton to major compliments at his Thursday morning signing. "No matter if it's going good or not, Tomond is going to give you everything he has got for four quarters. That is just one-hundred percent effort and that is great work ethic." Williamson has always stressed Hampton's importance to the Bulldog offense, "He is the best drive blocker that I have ever coached. We do a drill called the board drill and when he fires off it's an automatic text book block. He is flat back, his hands come forward very fast and with his leg drive he just totally dominates. He is the reason why Jamar Smith (1574 yards and 15 touchdowns) had a big year this season."

Tomond's biggest fan also attended the signing. His mother, Tomara, was beaming, "I am so excited and I am so proud that he has made it to this point. I hope it can take him to another level."

Tomond is not the first family member to sign to play college football. His first cousin, Travares Tillman, also signed on a February 7 in 1996 with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Tomond is Y-101 Player of the Game

Tomond Hampton accumulated 11 tackles- five solos and six assists- and had a sack in the Dublin game and he was named the Y-101 Player of the game. Hampton, a junior, received a plaque compliments Craig Campbell (Nashville recording artist) and SD Sales. Congratulations to Tamond.