SA unveils new offense, wins a shootout

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 28, 2007

LAWRENCEVILLE – Southampton Academy and Brunswick Academy put on some offensive fireworks Friday night, but in the end it was the Raiders coming out on top 56-38 in a wild Virginia Commonwealth Conference matchup.

The Vikings (1-5, 1-2) rolled up 483 yards of offense, including a 363-yard rushing night by quarterback Trevor Roberts. Roberts also threw for 69 yards and ran a kickoff back 69 yards for a touchdown.

SA countered with 475 yards of offense. Robert Marks led the Raiders (3-2, 2-1) with 155 yards on 17 carries and two touchdown runs. William Doyle rushed for 106 yards on 13 carries and three rushing touchdowns, including one for 38 yards. Michael Marks rushed for 95 yards on eight carries, scored a touchdown and caught two passes for 31 yards.

Southampton Academy quarterback Tyler Lass was 4-for-4 for 100 yards through the air.

SA head coach Dale Marks installed a new single-wing offense this week, which worked wonders.

&uot;The offense moved the ball well, and the defense couldn’t really stop the running game,&uot; Marks said. &uot;It was an old-fashioned single wing against a double wing football game.&uot;

Senior Robert Marks said the new offense took some time to get used to but worked well in the long run.

&uot;We played a different and weird setup on offense that was hard to get used to, but we had an overall good game,&uot; he said.

Robert Marks conceded the Raiders need to work on defense. SA played defense when it counted, though. Leading 56-38 with 2:14 to play, the Raiders made a key fourth-down stop with BA knocking on the door at the Southampton Academy 10-yard line.

Southampton Academy plays at rival Tidewater Academy at 7:30 p.m. Friday.