Southampton Academy trounces Tidewater

Published 12:54 am Saturday, October 4, 2008

Southampton Academy stayed unbeaten in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference with a 36-0 win over Tidewater Academy on Friday night.

The Raiders improved to 4-2 overall and 4-0 in the VCC. The Warriors lost their 27th straight game dating back to Sept. 23, 2005, and fell to 0-6 overall, 0-4 in the VCC.

Seven players scored points for SA, which racked up 339 yards of offense and held Tidewater to 168.

Senior quarterback Tyler Lass rushed twice for 50 yards and a touchdown and completed 3-of-5 passes for 46 yards.

Tidewater quarterback Ferly Yerby completed 8-of-19 passes for 109 yards and an interception.

The Raiders scored twice in the first quarter on John Hinkle’s 5-yard run and Michael Milteer’s 4-yard run.

A 9-yard touchdown run by David Bogese stretched the margin to 21-0, and the Raiders made it 29-0 when Lass ran for a 20-yard touchdown with 48 seconds left in the first half. Lass hit Matthew Pitts in the end zone for the two-point conversion.

The final touchdown came in the third quarter when Marlin McClelland ran it in from 10 yards.

Milteer led a balanced SA attack with 57 yards rushing. Wesley Barnes added 55, followed by Hinkle with 43, Bogese with 40, Rose with 29 and McClelland with 20.

“We had seven different guys score tonight counting the two-point conversions and touchdowns,” said SA coach Dale Marks. “You like to spread the ball around. That way, they can’t really key on one guy. I thought we did a good job of that tonight. Obviously the offensive line did another good job tonight because Tidewater really didn’t stop us running all night, just like Brunswick. It was just a good, overall effort.”

Warriors head coach Andy Rippeon said SA’s double-wing offense “is tough to stop, especially when you see it only once a season. It’s challenging from a player’s standpoint, and it’s also challenging from a first-year coach’s standpoint. Hat’s off to the Raiders. They played well tonight.”

SA travels to Carlisle School next week.