Indians lose season opener

Published 12:21 am Saturday, August 25, 2012

POQUOSON – A sluggish Indians offense and some big Poquoson runs resulted in a 20-0 loss for Southampton High School in its non-district season-opener Friday night.

“Their defense had a lot to do with our offense not performing well tonight,” Indians’ Coach Wes Griffith said after the game.

The Indians’ defense played well, Griffith said, but got tired by the end of the game and allowed some big yardage through the running game.

“It’s hard for the defense to go out and keep up the tempo when the offense keeps going three-and-out,” he said.

Griffith said the team would spend time on execution and fundamentals this week.

After a scoreless first quarter, Poquoson capped a 74-yard drive with a 17-yard run by Logan Schwartz to take a 6-0 lead with 5:19 left in the half.

At the half the Indians had been out gained on offense, 119 yards to negative three, but remained down only 6-0.

Poquoson’s Ethan Bryce ran in a two-yard touchdown and quarterback Trey Hicks connected with Reese Thornbury for a two-point conversion that made the score 14-0 with 8:08 left in the third quarter.

Poquoson’s Austin Turner broke a 46-yard touchdown run that made the score 20-0 with 4:06 remaining in the game.

Southampton travels to Smithfield at 7 p.m. Friday, August 24.

“I know they’re going to spread it out on offense,” Griffith said of the Packers. “They’re going to pass it a little bit.”