Hill rushes for 201 yards for SA victory

Published 11:31 pm Friday, September 9, 2011

COURTLAND—Southampton Academy sophomore Tonee Hill rushed for 201 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns, including one for 69 yards, to lead the Raiders to a 46-25 win over St. David’s School on Friday night.

Senior Thomas Taylor added three touchdowns, two on one-yard dives and the third on a two-yard run. Raider senior quarterback Wesley Barnes carried the ball 11 times for 86 yards in the Colonial Carolina Conference game and completed 9 of 12 passes for 66 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Raiders rushed for 367 yards to the Warriors’ 201. Leading rusher for St. David’s was senior Matt McMillan, who carried the ball eight times for 89 yards. Freshman quarterback Jeffrey Hines completed 11 of 18 passes for 106 yards with two touchdowns and one interception

“I really thought our kids played well tonight” said SA Coach Dale Marks. “On offense, I thought we did what we’ve been working on. We’re still in the building process and been practicing with eight men for three weeks now.”

The Raiders, whose numbers are down this year, changed leagues only days before their first game.

“I also thought they did an excellent job when we made some changes on the fly tonight,” Marks added. “They did a good job recognizing what we were trying to do, especially on the defensive side.”

Southampton scored on its opening drive on a one-yard run by Taylor. Barnes completed a pass to Hill for the two-point conversion.

St. David’s responded on its next possession, when junior Travis Albrecht ran 58 yards for a touchdown with 8:52 left in the first quarter. The two-point conversion failed.

Nineteen seconds later, Hill ran the ball 69 yards for another Raider score. Hill ran in for the two-point conversion, giving SA a 16-6 lead.

With 10:42 left in the second quarter, Taylor scored on a one-yard run. Barnes ran in for the two-point conversion.

The Raiders scored again at 9:19 on a 23-yard run by Hill. Barnes completed a pass to freshman Ethan Edwards to make the score 32-6.

With 18 seconds left in the half, Hines fumbled the Warrior’s ball on the 10-yard line and Albrecht picked up the ball. He completed a 20-yard pass to senior wide receiver Maalik Copeland, who walked the ball in one yard for a touchdown. The kick was blocked, giving SA a 32-12 halftime lead.

The Warriors opened the third quarter with a six-yard touchdown pass from Hines to McMillan. The kick by Ryan Stevens was good.

Hill ran the ball for 35 yards, getting it to the two-yard line for the Raiders. Taylor ran the ball in and the two-point conversion failed, giving the Raiders a 38-19 lead with 3:03 left in the third quarter.

Hines found McMillan in the end-zone on a 20-yard pass with 8 seconds left in the third quarter. The kick failed.

SA’s final score came on a 14-yard pass from Barnes to senior Matt Nixon with 8:36 left in the game. Barnes ran in for the two-point conversion.