Win over Rocky Mount nets Southampton Academy’s Lowe player of the week

Published 11:57 am Friday, October 9, 2015

Southampton Academy quarterback and linebacker Andrew Lowe has been named the Western Tidewater Player of the Week for his five-touchdown effort against two-time defending North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association State Champion Rocky Mount on Monday night. The senior signal caller made an impact in the air and on the ground in the 40-20 win, throwing for 142 yards and rushing for 125. He also picked off an errant pass to seal the win late in the fourth quarter.

“Andrew’s been tremendous, a real bright spot for us this year,” Southampton Academy head coach Dale Marks said after the win. “His throwing has been certainly above my expectations, and he’s been elusive, powerful and it’s hard to get a clean shot on him when he’s running the ball.”

Monday’s game was a stark contrast from the last time these two teams met on the gridiron, as an inexperienced Lowe was thrust into the spotlight when then-starting quarterback Matt Rose was knocked out of the contest with concussion-like symptoms. While the Raiders ultimately lost the game in which they were leading by two at the time of Rose’s injury, Marks said that Lowe gained valuable experience that night that has carried over into this year.

With a number of teams postponing their games on Friday, there is no honorable mention for the Western Tidewater Player of the Week.