Strong second half not enough for Southampton

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 17, 2007

COURTLAND—Brett Burks ran for 155 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Bruton to a 34-20 win over Southampton in a Bay Rivers District football game Friday night.

The Panthers (2-4) jumped all over the Indians (1-5) in the first half, but Southampton did not fold up the tents, and played much better in the second half.

After a first quarter in which neither team moved the ball well, Bruton broke through late in the period. With the ball on the Bruton 17, Burks broke several tackles, tore across the field, and rambled 83 yards for a touchdown. Seth Jones kicked the extra point to make it 7-0 with no time showing on the clock.

Bruton also scored on its next possession, which was set up when Cameron Mettler intercepted a pass from Southampton quarterback Sidney Rawls, getting the Panthers to the Southampton 39. The Panthers moved to the 2 and scored on a pass from Greg Walker to Larry Camp at the 7:46 mark. Again, Bruton scored on its next possession, this time a 2-yard run by Burks to put the Panthers up 21-0 at the half.

To open the second half, Southampton set Bruton up again, this time with a botched punt attempt. The Panthers started at the Southampton 21 but could move the ball just 7 yards. On a fourth-and-3 from the 14, Walker hit Mettler for a 14-yard touchdown pass with 8:20 left in the third quarter. Jones’ kick made it 28-0.

Southampton made a quarterback switch at the beginning of the second half. Rawls, who went 0-for-6 in the first half, injured his foot in practice this week, and Southampton head coach Littleton Parker said Rawls reinjured the foot at the end of the first half. Parker went with backup Kendal Carwile, a junior transfer from Southampton Academy.

Despite throwing two interceptions, one of which was returned by Bruton’s Larry Camp for a touchdown, Carwile led the Indians on three scoring drives. He finished the game 12-for-20 for 162 yards through the air. He ran three yards for a touchdown and had touchdown passes of 16 yards to Andre Rawls and 30 yards to Taylor Revelle.

Carwile and Rawls hooked up several times down the left sideline in the second half. Rawls, who is 6-foot, was able to outjump the Bruton defense on several catches.

&uot;Andre did a great job. We are proud of him,&uot; Parker said. &uot;We were just taking advantage of what the defense gave us. It was there the whole game.&uot;

Parker also said he was pleased with Carwile’s performance off the bench.

&uot;A lot of positive things happened tonight. We played better in the second half. We saw a lot of good things,&uot; he said.

The Southampton defense held the Bruton offense to just 32 yards rushing in the second half.

The Indians play at New Kent at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.