SA routs conference newcomer

Published 11:06 am Saturday, September 6, 2014

WILSON, N.C.—The weather in Wilson, North Carolina, may have delayed the start of the game, but when the skies cleared the Southampton Academy Raiders continued to rain on Community Christian School’s parade, defeating the Cyclones 58-0 in an 8-man Colonial Carolina NCIAA football game that was never really in doubt.

The Raiders opened the scoring on their first drive when quarterback Matt Rose ran in a touchdown from five yard out, and the rout was on. Later in the first quarter, Nate Williams added a 12-yard touchdown run and Ethan Edwards ran one in from 55 yards. The two-point conversion failed on both attempts, and SA took a 20-0 lead into the second quarter.

A 41-yard run by Williams opened the second quarter scoring, and the running back also added a two-point conversion. Later in the frame, Rose hit wideout Harrison Pope on a 48-yard scoring pass. The Raiders tacked on a two-point conversion on a run by Edwards.

With SA coach Dale Marks giving his second team defense some playing time late in the first half, Community Christian had their only sustained offensive drive of the night. After driving to the Raider’s 15-yard line, the Cyclones had a touchdown pass called back because they only had five men on the line of scrimmage. Marks said after the game, “We kind of don’t mind them scoring there (against our second team). Our defense played really well, and we got some good work for the future. “

The penalty resulted in the Raiders taking a 36-0 lead into halftime. Starting the first team offense for the opening drive of the second half, Rose hit Pope on another long scoring strike, this time from 41 yards out. Rose ran in the conversion to give the Raiders an insurmountable 44-0 lead.

An Andrew Lowe interception return for a touchdown, and subsequent failed conversion, extended SA’s lead to 50-0. Roy Hill added the final points of the night, which was a six-yard touchdown run closing the books on an impressive 58-0 Raiders’ win.

After the game, Coach Marks commented on his teams’ overwhelming win, saying, “We thought they wouldn’t be one of the strongest teams we’d face. We saw lots of things we need to work on, but we also did lots of things well.”

The leading offensive players for the Raiders were Rose, who had two carries for 63 yards and a touchdown, and he completed three of seven passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Ethan Edwards rushed twice for 60 yards and one score, while Nate Williams had two rushes for 53 yards and two touchdowns. Roy Hill had four touches for 31 yards. Harrison Pope had two receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Brooks Holland had one reception for 17 yards.

With the win, Southampton Academy moves to 2-0 on the season.