SA wins shootout with Rocky Mount

Published 12:31 am Saturday, September 1, 2012

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – Southampton Academy improved to 2-0 on the year with a 54-34 win in a shootout over Rocky Mount Academy.

The Raiders gained 540 yards on 44 carries and were 5-9 for 96 yards in the air in the win Friday.

“Overall I was pleased,” said Coach Dale Marks after the game. “They moved the ball on us in the first half, but once we got used to their scheme we played better defensively.”

Running back Tonee Hill had 16 carries for 329 yards and four touchdowns, while Paul Parker contributed with 10 runs for 97 yards and one touchdown. Matt Rose and Ethan Edwards each had 31 yards rushing on five and six carries respectively. Each also had a touchdown.

Rose opened the scoring on a one-yard run with 2:30 left in the first quarter. The two-point conversion failed and the Raiders went up 6-0.

Rocky Mount answered with a touchdown to end the first and another with 8:14 left in the second quarter to take a 14-6 lead.

Hill scored the first of his touchdowns from 20 yards out to cut the Rocky Mount lead to two. Edwards than hit pay dirt with a one-yard run. Cam Hines converted two points on the run to give the Raiders a 20-14 lead with 2:25 left before halftime.

Rocky Mount scored with 30 seconds left to tie it 20-20 at the half.

Rocky Mount scored with 9:04 left in the third quarter and converted the two-point play to take a 28-20 lead. Hill answered for the Raiders on a 70-yard run with 8:46 left in the third. The conversion failed and SA trailed 28-26.

Hill scored again, this time from 77 yards out with 4:31 remaining in the quarter to give the Raiders a 32-28 lead.

The next Raider score came from a 50-yard completion from Rose to Zach Best. Hines converted the two points to take a 40-28 lead with 2:02 left in the third.

Rocky Mount answered with 10:50 left in the game to cut the Raider lead to 40-34. Ten seconds later, Hill scored on a 52-yard touchdown run and Hines converted the two points to give SA a 48-34 lead. Parker scored the Raiders final touchdown from 31-yards out with 6:08 left in the game for the 20-point win.