Big Red exercises effort, execution, focus, belief

Published 6:09 pm Friday, October 20, 2023

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Southampton High School’s varsity football team returned to its winning ways in the Tri-Rivers District in a big way Friday night, Oct. 13.

Big Red shut out visiting Greensville County High School en route to a 43-0 victory. The win upgraded the Indians’ record to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the district.

“Now we are starting to play some football,” Southampton Head Coach Travis Parker said. “I am happy about the way we were able to put things together after a great week of practice. Everything was better during the week: effort, execution, focus and belief.
“So, the victory I am happy about but not shocked, because I knew we were capable of playing football the way we did on Friday night,” he added during a Monday, Oct. 16, interview. “I am confident that we will end the regular season strong.”

The coach noted that Indians senior quarterback Tremir Roberts, junior running back Steven McClenny and sophomore running back Javonte Lynch combined for more than 400 yards of offense.

Parker also stated that all players on defense had key tackles.

“The defense, led by captain Christopher Blue, were like a pack of wolves; you could not tell them apart, but they all were getting the job done to get the shutout win,” the coach said.

Parker pointed to a variety of factors that were prominent in helping Southampton earn the victory, including a great week of practice, players coming back to action after suffering injuries, players stepping up to play whatever position to help the team win, players taking pride in correcting their past mistakes and improving, and the defense playing together and with pride.

“And last but not least, the energy and pride that the 1973 state championship team brought with them was tremendous,” Parker said.

Big Red’s game Friday was the setting for a 50th-anniversary reunion of the Southampton High School varsity football team that won the first AA state football championship in school history in 1973. The reunion included players and coaches from the team, as well as cheerleaders, spirit girls, faculty and staff from ’73.

The 2023 Indians will return to action Friday, Oct. 20, when they host Surry County High School (3-5) at 7 p.m.