Southampton moves up to No. 7 in region

Published 5:05 pm Friday, October 27, 2023

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Southampton High School’s varsity football team has been able to breathe life into its season by recording back-to-back blowout victories.

After starting the year 1-5, the Indians shut out visiting Greensville County High School 43-0 on Oct. 13 and followed up that victory with a 57-14 home win over Surry County High School on Friday, Oct. 20.

On his team’s victory over the Surry County Cougars, Southampton Head Coach Travis Parker said, “The players came out very focused on getting a win for homecoming. We were riding on the momentum of the previous Friday’s win over Greensville, and I was happy to see that we still had that momentum. I am happy for our players and excited about the weeks to come.”

Parker said the deciding factors in the win were the Indians’ focus at practice Monday-Thursday, their positive response to the previous win and the “players starting to believe in the team, and just not in themselves individually.”

The coach said Southampton’s offensive trio of senior Tremir Roberts, junior Steven McClenny and junior Javonte Lynch did its job for the team by putting the ball across the goal line. 

“Each of them accumulated over 100 yards each, offensively, however it was a total team effort,” Parker said. “If there is no blocking, then there are no TDs or points.”

Southampton, which is now 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the Tri-Rivers District, is now ranked seventh out of 14 teams in Region 2A according to ratings shared by the Virginia High School League.

The Indians will finish their regular-season schedule with two district rivalry games on the road. They face Windsor High School (2-7) on Friday, Oct. 27, and then visit Franklin High School (4-4) on Friday, Nov. 3. Both games are set to begin at 7 p.m.

Parker explained where Southampton stands in the playoff picture.

“We must win out the two remaining weeks, which makes these two games ‘playoff’ games,” he said. “So, we are treating them as such. Either team — Windsor and Franklin — are threats to our playoff seeding, so we are taking them very seriously. We are hoping for a home playoff game at the No. 4 seed, but for that to happen, there are three teams that would have to lose out the remaining two weeks left. But, we are going to concentrate on the things we can control, and that is preparing to play Windsor and Franklin to end the regular season.”