SA overcomes turnovers, beats Brunswick

Published 1:52 am Saturday, September 27, 2008

Southampton Academy held on for a 28-20 win against Brunswick Academy Friday night.

The Raiders improved to 3-2 overall and 3-0 in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference. The Vikings dropped to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the VCC.

The Raiders overcame four turnovers and bounced back from a heartbreaking loss to Hampton Roads Academy last week.

SA finished with 346 yards of offense to the Vikings’ 212.

Brunswick struck first on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Harry Squire to Chris Vincent that made the score 6-0 with 5:41 left in the first quarter.

The Raiders made it 7-6 on a 59-yard touchdown run by Michael Milteer with 9:01 left in the second quarter. Tyler Lass kicked the extra point. The Raiders added to that lead when Jacob Rose scored on a 1-yard run with 1:30 left in the first half. Lass again made the extra point.

SA stretched the lead to 20-6 on Milteer’s 20-yard touchdown run with 9:42 left in the third.

The Vikings cut the lead to 20-14 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Harry Squire with 10:32 left in the game. Corey Clarke hit Vincent for the two-point conversion.

SA’s David Bogese ran the ball in from 40 yards out for the apparent game-sealing touchdown. After Lass’ two-point conversion, the Raiders led 28-14 with 8:23 left.

Brunswick kept it interesting when Squire hit Vincent for a 48-yard touchdown to pull within 28-20 with 5:49 left.

After the Raiders stalled on their next drive, SA’s defense sealed the game when Storm Gray sacked Squire for a loss of 7 yards and forced a fumble. Thomas Taylor fell on the ball with 8 seconds left in the game.

Milteer led the Raiders with 11 carries for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Bogese finished with nine carries for 90 yards and a touchdown. Jacob Rose finished with nine carries for 32 yards. John Hinkle had six carries for 48 yards.

“They never stopped our run game all night,” said SA head coach Dale Marks. “We never came close to a fourth-down situation. We’ve got to eliminate the turnovers. I don’t understand why we are fumbling the ball so much. You can’t keep turning the ball over and let them get the ball back.”