Southampton Indians drop home season opener 35-0 to the Smithfield Packers

Published 12:44 pm Saturday, September 7, 2013

Lovell Parker (28) breaks through the line on a big run for Southampton. -- FRANK DAVIS | TIDEWATER NEWS

Lovell Parker (28) breaks through the line on a big run for Southampton. — FRANK DAVIS | TIDEWATER NEWS

COURTLAND—The Southampton Indians returned home on Friday, Sept. 6 to play their first home game of the season against the Smithfield Packers.

First year Head Coach Willie Gillus remarked that even with a 35-0 loss, “the Indians showed some bright spots during the game. We are young and learning, but we just played a good team tonight.”

Offensively the Packers dominated the game. Packer QB Devin Williams opened the scoring on a 6 yard QB keeper but the extra point kick failed.

In the second quarter Williams went to the air and connected on a 52-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Cypress. Williams ran another QB keeper to cross the goal line for a two point conversion to put the Packers up 14-0.

On the next Southampton possession, the Indians coughed up a fumble and the Packers Cypress picked it up and raced 46 yards for another touchdown. The kick by Colin Gary was good and the Packers lead increased to 21-0 with 1:22 left in the first half.

On the next Indian possession with less than one minute remaining in the half another fumble occurred, which resulted in Christopher Pierce recovering it for another Packer touchdown. The extra point kick was good as the half ended with the visitors up 28-0.

In the second half of the game, the Packers Jamarie Wrenn crossed the goal line on a 6 yard run and Cary booted the extra point that ended the scoring for the game.

Although the Indians were held scoreless during the game, the offense on the running of Jayquan Ryland, Jamale Walker and Delonta Boone were able to move the chains for many first downs. The home team never threw in the towel and fought hard both on defense and offense for the entire game.

The Indians have an open date on Sept. 13, and will be at home on Sept. 20 to face Spotsylvania.