Indians win big

Published 12:02 am Saturday, September 3, 2011

Saiquan Mason (7) breaks away for a long distance sprint to the goal line for Southampton. -- JIM HART | TIDEWATER NEWS


COURTLAND—Southampton High School amassed 429 yards on offense to Smithfield’s 224 during the Indians’ 45-27 non-district win over the Packers on Friday night.

“I was pleased with their ability to control the time of possession,” said second-year Indians Coach Wes Griffith. “Tonight, the backs got the big numbers, but the offensive line paved the way.”

Leading the way for Southampton were senior Saiquan Mason with 150 yards on 26 carries and one touchdown. Senior Jaron White rushed 116 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also had two sacks for the home team.

Southampton quarterback Mason Wright was 3-for-7, completing 86 yards.

Indians freshman kicker Russell Ballance went 5-for-5 on the night.

Southampton, now 1-1 for the season, opened scoring with 2:12 left in the first quarter after Evan Bell sacked Smithfield quarterback Corey Williams in the end-zone for a two-point safety.

White scored on a 1-yard run and Ballance kicked the extra point to give the Indians a 9-0 lead.

On a punt return with 1:25 left in the half, Smithfield’s Marquis Childress ran 80 yards for a touchdown. Joseph Uzdavinis’ extra point was good.

Eleven seconds later, White returned the kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown. Mason ran in for two points, giving Southampton a 17-7 lead.

Thirteen seconds before the half, Williams scored on a seven-yard run for Smithfield. Uzdavinis’ kick was good for a 17-14 halftime score in favor of the Indians.

With 6:26 left in the third quarter, Wright scored on a two-yard run, giving Southampton a 24-14 lead.

Mason scored on a 34-yard run, stretching the Indian lead to 31-14 with two minutes left in the third quarter.

Into the fourth quarter, Wright tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Charles Andrews with 9:48 left.

Smithfield responded two minutes later with a three-yard touchdown run by Alexander Feliciano. The kick failed.

Southampton’s Trevoris Evans scored on a one-yard run, giving the Indians a 45-20 lead.

Smithfield’s Williams scored on a 43-yard run with 30 seconds left in the game.