Lovell Parker (28) breaks through the line on a big run for Southampton. -- FRANK DAVIS | TIDEWATER NEWS
Lovell Parker (28) breaks through the line on a big run for Southampton. -- FRANK DAVIS | TIDEWATER NEWS

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Southampton Indians drop home season opener 35-0 to the Smithfield Packers

Published 12:44pm Saturday, September 7, 2013

COURTLAND—The Southampton Indians returned home on Friday, Sept. 6 to play their first home game of the season against the Smithfield Packers.

First year Head Coach Willie Gillus remarked that even with a 35-0 loss, “the Indians showed some bright spots during the game. We are young and learning, but we just played a good team tonight.”

Offensively the Packers dominated the game. Packer QB Devin Williams opened the scoring on a 6 yard QB keeper but the extra point kick failed.

In the second quarter Williams went to the air and connected on a 52-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Cypress. Williams ran another QB keeper to cross the goal line for a two point conversion to put the Packers up 14-0.

On the next Southampton possession, the Indians coughed up a fumble and the Packers Cypress picked it up and raced 46 yards for another touchdown. The kick by Colin Gary was good and the Packers lead increased to 21-0 with 1:22 left in the first half.

On the next Indian possession with less than one minute remaining in the half another fumble occurred, which resulted in Christopher Pierce recovering it for another Packer touchdown. The extra point kick was good as the half ended with the visitors up 28-0.

In the second half of the game, the Packers Jamarie Wrenn crossed the goal line on a 6 yard run and Cary booted the extra point that ended the scoring for the game.

Although the Indians were held scoreless during the game, the offense on the running of Jayquan Ryland, Jamale Walker and Delonta Boone were able to move the chains for many first downs. The home team never threw in the towel and fought hard both on defense and offense for the entire game.

The Indians have an open date on Sept. 13, and will be at home on Sept. 20 to face Spotsylvania.

 

  • mrgoodbar23829

    It’s amazing at one point of time everyone knew who Southampton was. Just hearing our name, people use to tremble when they played Now if you tell someone, they think you are from south of Hampton. Just plain sad :(

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  • joeyh513

    And don’t forget everyone Coach Parker, all of our’s favorite coach, had a few losing seasons when he started out too and he became a legend of high school football in the Tidewater area and my favorite coach of any sport I ever played.

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  • joeyh513

    I agree with the “this is sad” comments. I was part of the last little Powerhouse team SHS had in ’99 and 2000 when we went to the state playoffs and two back to back games and no points have been scored is unacceptable. I’ve been away from Southampton County and Va for a long time but still follow the team I put so much time into as a student to represent the school and community and I want to see some results from this new coach. If only we could make Coach parker 20 years younger.

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  • chilimac72

    VHSL moved SHS from Bay Rivers and then moved them from Southside district this year. SHS has not been a “powerhouse” for years. When you start losing to a smaller school whether they are good or not shows your fall from grace. The losing to Franklin started in 2003. Maybe the best point to be made is not that the coaching fell off but that the quality of players in the program fell off. It takes years of not only a high school coach building a program that people believe in but also that parents will again push their sons to be a part of. Then they will begin to build a student-athlete. Too many good athletes can not stay academically eligible and those eligible are not the best athletes.

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  • realist

    rdag you have proven my point. SHS was not competative against bay rivers teams several years before the last coach. Thats why they got out of the bay rivers. Then continued to schedule them? Wasn’t the 7-0 loss to poquoson in a playoff game the year poquoson won state?SHS was a perrenial power and so was surry, but that’s in the past. I actually hope coach gillus can turn the program around but the way the entire hiring process and the way his assistant coaches (who he had previous relationships with)happened to come to SHS kinda makes one think.

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    • rdag300

      Having seen some of the Bay Rivers teams play, I can tell you, they are real… I can see why SHS left, it made sense. Now that they are in the Tri-Rivers, it may be just as tough. Having an interest (jr at SCHS) in the athletics, I can tell you, this district is no cake walk, 2 years ago, Sussex Central was defeated in the state semi final game, and last year both Franklin and Sussex Central made it that far again. These are 2 very good football programs, that have been in place for years. Coach Gillus is in his first year at SHS, Rome wasn’t built in a day. I would expect to see SHS “competitive” in the Tri-Rivers for football in 2 or 3 years. I don’t see anyone touching them in Baseball. That is more realistic I think.

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      • mrgoodbar23829

        Those teams that you are talking about are single A teams. I don’t know what their classification are now since they change it. Southampton should have been the top dog in both the Southside and Tri-Rivers considering they are at least 2 levels below the Bay Rivers District. Like I said earlier its sad because when I was in high school we were part of the Bay Rivers, which was the most competitive district in the state for AA. Plus

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      • rdag300

        Mr. Goodbar, you are correct… Both of the teams mentioned are Single A teams… Very good single A teams. The size of the school has nothing to do with the quality of athletes that attend. Every summer The Colt Baseball team from Wakefield, which draws players from Southampton, Sussex and Surry Counties, all smaller schools, consistantly beats players from larger schools such as Prince George and Matoaca… Once Coach Gillus engrains his style of play into the SHS football program, they will return

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      • mrgoodbar23829

        That make it even worst. When I was school if we had lost to Franklin we couldn’t show our face. Actually it would have brought shame to the county. I don’t know why are you comparing baseball with football. The reason why they are winning because they are going up against inferior teams.

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  • realist

    simplifyingit, hard to believe anyone without a personal dislike or who’s little johnny didn’t get enough playing time would make statements like yours. You can’t even give credit when it is deserved. I happen to agree with 23851 & Mr23851 but I guess that’s why I comment as REALIST. Apparently you think the Poquoson and Smithfield teams last year were not good teams though I believe their records showed otherwise. Southampton got out of the bay rivers because they were not as competative as they had been previously. Though no one would admit it. You say give him a chance. I’ll give him the same chance you gave the former coach, but I would like to see improvement. Losing 35-0 instead of 50-0 is not the kind of improvement I mean. How many more very good teams are on the schedule.

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    • BlondeStranger

      You’re a realist? Really? Yet, you can determine the “kind of improvement” (or, lack thereof) by simply looking at the final score of two games against two entirely different opponents. Sounds like you need to make some of your posts under the nom de plume of “magician.”

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  • simplifyingit

    even if it was Bill Belichek or Mike Holmgren the “Boo Birds” would still be chirping!!! And realist, the entire coaching career, baseball included, of the former coach is an embarrassment. The Indian baseball team last year should have won the state easily but many of us know what happened there. What i’m saying is give Gillus a chance….he has only had two games against two very good teams. Belicheck might have lost those two also!
    I will agree his salary and duties could have been much different but give his coaching abilities a chance. he is coaching a team that had learned nothing new about football since little league most likely. Improvemnet on the field is almost assured by the way they’re playing now. Let’s take time to see if the players academics and futures improve also.

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    • mr23851

      @simplifyingit I was at the last baseball game Southampton played and it seemed to me that the pitching and a few fielding errors let us down not the coaching staff. Could a few things have been done better, sure but that is in everything we do as human beings.

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    • 23851

      A weak baseball conference and weak non-conference schedule were the reasons you believed ya’ll should have won a state championship. Go watch some baseball in the Hampton Roads.

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  • realist

    Noticed that none of the people vehemently demanding a new coach are commenting. Don’t remember any embarassments like these two on the last coaches watch. Maybe if the school board had given the previous coach the free hand and support that Mr. Gillus has been given things would be different now and there would be funds available to hire the math and science teachers needed instead of staffing a high paid (based on what the teachers make) admin position.

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  • mule

    SHS has Spotsy next. That very well could be a shut out also. I hope he is having a better year in the classroom……..oh that’s right he is not teaching in the classroom.

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  • formerresident

    What is going on? This is pathetic! What are you doing Gillus? SHS doesn’t lose to Poquoson and Smithfield you need to start going back to old school hard nosed Indian football and that starts in practice! SHS was not always the best, but we were always the best prepared and conditioned team out there. This is an embarrassment to what SHS football is. I guess the kids are just too soft these days. As Coach Parker used to say “I guess you boys are too busy eating bologna sandwiches and drinking koolaid”. Absolutely embarrassing!!

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    • John VanChocStraw

      “I guess you boys are too busy eating bologna sandwiches and drinking koolaid”.

      LIKE!

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    • rdag300

      Just an article taken from 757 football page concerning Coach Gillus. It seems that he does have knowledge of the game…hmmm… My hat is off to him returning to the community. I’ll bet the lessons these young men learn about life will last alot longer that a football win against Bull Island or the Packers… and OH BY THE WAY… Southampton high school lost last year to Smiythfield 34-7, lost 20-0 to poquoson, lost 7-0 in the playoff to poquoson, lost 32-15 and 45-7 to poquoson… So I guess your information is wrong, you been beaten by these schools on a regular basis… look at maxpreps…

      Coach Gillus has significant experience with coaching at the high school level. Gillus won the 1998 Virginia Group A Division 1 title as the head coach of Surry County High School. He was named the Tri-Rivers District Coach of the Year four times and Region A Coach of the Year twice in his tenure at Surry. In 2004, the All-American Football Foundation presented Gillus with the Gerald R. Ford All-American High School Football Coach Award for his success there.

      Gillus comes to the Indians after coaching for seven years at Division II Elizabeth City State University. He was the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Vikings. After playing his college football at Norfolk State, Gillus played in the NFL and CFL before embarking on a coaching career

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      • formerresident

        You are right. Gillus does have an illustrious resume and I can’t deny that, but he is killing this program!!

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  • wiskeymike

    big money no results

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  • Sedley Sam

    Hang Tough kids. Follow Coach Gillus’ lead and you will soon be winners on the field/in the classroom/and in life. Times are hard now but your future is bright!

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  • Flowergirl

    I agree…really really sad!

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  • mrgoodbar23829

    This is sad…

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