SA knocked out of playoffs

Published 10:07 am Saturday, November 7, 2009

POWHATAN—Southampton Academy’s season came to an abrupt end at the hands of Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Friday night. The Raiders patented running game was held in check most of the night as the Knights dumped SA 32-6 in Virginia Commonwealth Conference matchup.

The Raiders, which have been averaging more than 300 yards a game most nights, were held to just 149 yards rushing. David Bogese led the running game with 47 yards on 13 carries and John Hinkle rushed for 46 yards on 12 carries.

Southampton Academy’s lone touchdown came in the fourth quarter when Jacob Rose scored on a 5-yard run.

With the score 20-0 in favor of the Knights, Hinkle broke a play up the middle and a BSH player knocked the ball from his hands at the Blessed Sacrament 5 yard line. “It could have cut the lead to 20-7 in the first drive of the third quarter,” said Dale Marks, Southampton Academy head coach. “They took that back down and scored and went up 26-0. That’s a big play.”

Marks said the Knights offense went to the air, which was a surprise.

“They had a pass on us for a touchdown on the first play of the game. That set the tone for the evening,” he said. “They threw first down passes on us and a few were just blown coverage. We were kind of stacking the defense to run and it hurt us on our pass coverage. We also had a hard time when they got players in the open field.”

The loss eliminated the Raiders from the state playoffs. Sitting in sixth place in the state before the game, the team had a glimmer of hope for the postseason with a win.

“We have no chance to get into the playoffs. The two losses coming in, we were in both ball games. The guys basically knew it was a long shot that even if we won, we probably weren’t going to get in. That was a tough loss last week. It took a lot out of us.”

Marks told his players to be proud of their 8-3 season.

“I said don’t let tonight tarnish what we did this year. We were close to being 10-0 coming into this game,” he said.