Smithfield pulls away from Southampton

Published 1:17 am Saturday, October 25, 2008

SMITHFIELD –Montrell Johnson rushed for 215 yards to lead the Smithfield Packers past the Southampton Indians to win 42-21 in a Bay Rivers District game Friday Night.

The Indians were the first to strike Friday night scoring with 6:39 left in the first quarter. Smithfield was quick to answer by scoring with 3:25 left in the first. The drive began off an interception thrown by the Indian’s Kendal Carwile.

The score going into the locker room at halftime was tied at 15-15.

The Indians seemed to have lost their energy as the Packers ran away with the game, scoring 14 unanswered points in the third quarter. Southampton showed signs of life with 10:41 left in the fourth as Andre Rawls ran a 65-yard punt return back for a touchdown. But it would be all that the Indians would score in the second half as Smithfield scored another 13 unanswered points to finish off the game.

Top rushers for Southampton were Andre Rawls with 33 carries for 160 yards and Calvin Stringfield with 30 carries for 124 yards. Southampton had a total of 21 first downs compared to Smithfield’s 13 first downs.

Smithfield’s top rusher was Montrell Johnson who had 12 carries for a total of 215 yards which averaged out to 17.9 yards per carry. Johnson also broke 1,000 yards for the season. James Wrenn also had 6 carries for 116 yards. Passing-wise Kyle Springfield went 8-for-10 for 176 yards.

Friday night’s game also proved to be a battle of the defenses as Southampton was able to keep Smithfield out of the end zone on a fourth down on the 1 yard line in the third quarter. Southampton’s defense also came up with six forced fumbles with three of them being recovered. The Packer’s came up with two interceptions to help propel them to their victory.

Friday night’s game may see the end of this rivalry that stretches back to the days of the old Peanut District as Southampton moves out of the Bay Rivers District into the Southside District in 2009.

The Indians will face Jamestown at home next week at 7:30.