Indians roll Windsor

Published 9:30 am Saturday, September 19, 2009

COURTLAND—Southampton put an old-fashioned steamroller to Windsor Friday night. With good field position most of the evening, the Indians moved the ball on the ground for 173 yards in a 29-6 victory in a non-district football game.

The Southampton (1-2) defense also played well, holding Windsor to just 25 total yards of offense in the first half.

The Indians won despite 9 penalties for 75 yards and losing a fumble.

“Tonight we played well in spots, but we still have to eliminate the mistakes. We had a couple of penalties that we shouldn’t have had. That hurt us,” said Littleton Parker Southampton head coach. “We had a touchdown called back because of penalties.”

The Indians took their opening drive and moved the ball 80 yards on 12 plays to open the scoring. Southampton pushed the ball on the ground down to the Windsor 19. On a 3rd and 7 play, quarterback Billy Nixon tossed an 11-yard pass to Andre Rawls down to the 8. Two plays later, Nixon hit Karon Edwards for an 11-yard touchdown strike with 3:57 to play in the quarter. Luis Lino’s extra point put Southampton up 7-0.

Windsor coughed up the ball on its next series, but Southampton could not capitalize. Windsor got the ball back on its own 4, but on the second play of the drive, Southampton’s Rawls tackled Layfette Murphy in the end zone for a safety to put the Indians up 9-0 with 33 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Indians were set up on the Windsor 20 after the ensuing punt. Nixon completed a pass to Rawls down to the Windsor (1-2) 4. Two plays later, Rawls ran three yards over the middle for a touchdown and a 16-0 lead with 10:19 to play in the half.

On the Dukes’ next series, Southampton’s Brandon Evans picked up a fumble and raced down to the Windsor 9. On the next play, Southampton’s Saiquan Mason hit paydirt with an 8-yard run with 7:58 to play in the half. The extra point kick failed and the lead held at 22-0.

In the third quarter, the Dukes shot themselves in the foot again. Windsor fumbled with the ball on its own 33 and Southampton’s Ronald Tyler pounced on it. Set up at the Windsor 30, Billy Nixon threw a touchdown strike in the end zone to Karon Evans at the 5:01 mark. Lino upped the Southampton lead to 29-0.

The Dukes did not give up and mounted a long scoring drive starting from their own 41. On the 13th play of the drive, Layfette Murphy ran a sweep for an 11-yard touchdown with 10:17 to play in the contest.

“We stopped making mistakes and turning the ball over (in the second half),” said Windsor head coach Chuck Parrish. “We were determined to do those things. Our kids didn’t quit. They played to the very end and that’s what we teach them to do and they did it.”

Windsor turned the ball over three times.

“We just wanted to compete and play well and cut down on the mistakes and we didn’t do that,” Parrish said. “They are a good football team. They are physical and we knew that.”

For the Indians, Rawls led the rushing attack with 87 yards on eight carries and Mason had 70 yards on 16 carries. Murphy finished the game with 78 yards on 16 carries for Windsor.

Nixon was 4-for-7 for 69 yards through the air for the Indians.

Windsor plays at Northampton Friday. Southampton has the week off then plays at Bluestone on Oct. 2.