Raiders pound NEA

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 11, 2004

COURTLAND, Va. – The Southampton Academy Raiders racked up 340 yards in total offense in a 31-6 victory over the visiting Northeast Academy Eagles.

In the first series of the game, the Raiders moved 71 yards in 14 plays, with quarterback Caleb Pearson running seven yards for the touchdown.

Cody Fretts ran in the two-point conversion to give the Raiders an 8-0 advantage.

After going three-and-out, Northeast punted, giving Southampton the ball on the 46 yard line.

Three plays later, Justin Mize caused Pearson to fumble, and Brian McLean recovered the ball for the Eagles.

Northeast was unable to take advantage of the Southampton fumble, as Tyler Davis’s pass was intercepted by Fretts eight plays later.

With his team at the 44-yard line on second down and 25, Pearson dropped back to pass.

Mize read the play, causing another Southampton fumble to give the Eagles possession on the Raiders 47 yard line.

Again, the Eagles were unable to take advantage, and were forced to punt.

Southampton found the end zone a second time with just over one minute in the first half to take a 14-0 lead.

Northeast answered, as Davis connected with Barry Barrett for a 28 yard touchdown pass with 22 ticks on the clock.

The extra point was short, giving Southampton a 14-6 advantage at the half.

The Raiders controlled the ball in the second half, taking it 57 yards to the Eagle 13.

After Eddie Marriner tackled Pearson for a loss on third down, Pearson kicked a field goal to increase Southampton’s lead, 17-6.

Pearson found the end zone again, keeping the ball and running13 yards for the score with just over a minute left in the third.

Pearson then ran in the two-point conversion, giving Southampton a 25-6 lead.

The Raiders hit pay dirt again as Derik Claar ran in four yards for the score.

The 2-point conversion was no good, securing the 31-6 Southampton victory.

McLean and Barrett led the Eagles with 11 tackles.

Chris Carrothers and James Sykes added seven tackles apiece in the loss.