SA ends regular season with loss

Published 9:47 am Saturday, November 6, 2010

Southampton Academy’s Will Lambdin (74) attempts to bring down Devon Watts, who ran for 164 yards on the evening. -- Andrew Faison | Tidewater News


COURTLAND—Southampton Academy on Friday night was defeated by Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot Knights 42-8.

The Knights were led by Devon Watts who had 9 rushes for 154 yards.

“They (Blessed Sacrament) are a good squad,” said Raider Head Coach Dale Marks. “They are big, fast, and got a lot of kids, and are well coached.”

Blessed Sacrament finished the season 9-1 and is top-seeded for the playoffs.

The Raiders ended their regular season 6-4 and will not know if they have made the playoffs until sometime Sunday, according to Marks.

Marks felt Friday’s loss was a tough way for his 12 seniors to go out.

“I would like to get our master schedule changed,” he said. “Maybe if we could get these guys a little earlier — that way if you get beat early and win late — you are able to end the season on a good note.”

The Raiders racked up 176 yards of total offense compared to the Knights’ 431 yards.

“ I am real proud of our offense,” said Marks. “We are only the third team to score on them this season.”

Top offensive players for the Raiders were David Bogese, who had 11 rushes for 46 yards, and Wesley Barnes, who went 3-for-10 in passing for 38 yards.

The Raiders’ only score came during the second quarter. They took possession of the ball on their 22-yard line after Nathan Temple booted the ball 59 yards to the 1-yard line, where Barnes caught it and ran the ball out.

Over the course of 6:38, the Raiders ran the ball down field to the 1-yard line. With 56.8 seconds left in the first half, Rashodd Maxey found the end zone on a third and goal situation. The 2-point conversion pass from Barnes to Maxey was good.

“Our seniors have had a good career here,” Marks said. “They have played hard and pushed through, despite some tough injuries this year that we had to go through. It’s just still a tough way for them to go out, especially when you have had a good career and had to go out with two losses like we have suffered the past two weeks.”