Turnovers hurt Raiders in 14-6 loss

Published 6:38 pm Monday, September 22, 2008

COURTLAND—In the first quarter of Southampton Academy’s contest with Hampton Roads Academy, it looked like the Raiders might dominate. But turnovers killed off that notion as the Navigators scored a 14-6 win over SA in a non-conference football game Friday night.

Things went SA’s way at the beginning. Tyler Lass booted a squib kick, which the Raiders recovered to open the game. Southampton Academy then marched down the field on an eight-play scoring drive. The Raiders went 49 yards, all on the ground, and scored on a five-yard run by John Hinkle with 7:34 to play in the period.

Then, SA made one of several errors. Blake Drewry fumbled a punt, giving Hampton Roads the ball on the Raiders’ 18. SA’s defense stopped the Navigators cold at the 6. The Raiders then took the ball and drove all the way from their own 6 to the Hampton Roads 4, including a 26-yard run by Hinkle and a 27-yard run by Jacob Rose. But the Raiders made a critical error by fumbling on the 4 and giving the ball up to the Navigators.

“If we had stuck the ball in the goal down there, that would have been a big play for us,” said Dale Marks, Southampton Academy head coach.

Southampton Academy’s defense stopped Hampton Roads, forced a punt and had good field position at the Hampton Roads 25. But on the next play, Lass threw an interception, which led to the Navigators’ first touchdown.

Hampton Roads discovered its passing game and quarterback Will Banning struck three times during the drive. The score came on a 34-yard play with Banning hitting Andrew Maser, who raced down the right sideline for the score with 5:14 to play in the half. Jimmy Henifin booted the extra point for the 7-6 lead.

Hampton Roads Academy then ended the scoring for the half, and for the game, on a quick two-minute drive in which Banning did a good job of running the two-minute drill. The Navigators scored with no time on the clock when Stefan Le Noach plunged in from two yards out. Henifin booted the extra point and Hampton Roads led 14-6.

Without the mistakes, Southampton Academy could have had more scoring in the first half. The Raiders rushed for 147 yards in the opening half, including 67 yards from Hinkle and 55 yards from Rose.

The defenses took over in the second half. Southampton Academy allowed just 34 yards of offense in the final half but, conversely, had a hard time moving the ball.

“Maybe we got a little overconfident. Things went so easy there at the beginning,” Marks said. “There is a good coach across the field, and he made some adjustments.”

Despite stopping the run, Southampton Academy allowed 145 yards passing.

“Their passing game did a good job. We are playing some inexperienced kids in the secondary, and that’s nothing that coaches don’t realize.

They look at who is playing where,” Marks said.

Marks was disappointed for his players.

“I hate it because the kids were really looking forward to the first home game. It’s a game we could have won,” he said.

Southampton Academy hosts Brunswick Academy at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.