COURTLAND — Greensville County’s big-play offense cut deeply into the Southampton defense in Friday’s 50-22 Tri-Rivers District Rout of the Indians.
Four Eagle touchdowns went for 35 or more yards, including the Kemory Sykes 36-yard touchdown jaunt with 7:37 left in the contest. The score boosted the Greensville (4-2, 3-0) advantage to 44-22, and assured the green and gold would leave Courtland unbeaten in Tri-Rivers District play.
“Our running game was really impressive tonight,” Greensville coach Doc Walton said. “Our young guys are really starting to come together.”
The Eagles did not jell early in the contest. On their first offensive play from scrimmage, a bad snap from the Indian’s 15 sailed into the end zone and was recovered by Southampton’s Brandon Williams for a touchdown with 8:54 left in the first quarter. A second bad break for the visitors put another 2 points on the board when Diamond Ricks recovered a fumble across the goal line for the 2-point conversion.
The Eagles answered with a three-play 55-yard drive, capped by a 12-yard touchdown run by freshman quarterback Jayden White to cut the deficit to 8-6.
Greensville’s defense forced a crucial turnover knocking the ball loose from the hands of Shamar Carroll. Paul Asbelle recovered at the Southampton 10. Kendel Blue knifed through the defense for a 10-yard score on the next play. The sophomore running back added the 2-point conversion to put his squad in front 14-8 with 5:24 left in the first quarter.
The Indians knotted the score at 14, each, early in the second quarter, when Shaquil Jarrett took a screen pass from Derek Bynum and raced 22 yards to pay dirt. The scored would not remain tied for long.
The Eagles needed only two plays to regain the advantage. Blue followed an eight-yard run with a 45-yard touchdown jaunt with 10:46 left in the first half. Kemory Sykes added the 2-point conversion on the ground to push the score to 22-14.
Greensville’s defense bent but didn’t break as Southampton (2-4, 1-2) used a 10-play, 56-yard drive to chew time off the clock, but a turnover gave the Eagles the ball at the Southampton 9.
Two plays were enough for Greensville to extend its advantage. White connected with Zykeem Fields for an 85-yard scoring strike with 5:02 left in the first half to push the lead to 28-14.
Neither team scored again until the fourth quarter. Greensville was the first to strike as Fields caught his second touchdown pass of the night from White from 35 yards out with 11:48 left in the game. Blue ran in the 2-point try to lift the Eagles to a three-score lead, 36-14.
The Indians had a glimmer of hope after Jimmie Reed broke free for an 87-yard touchdown run with 9:19 left, but Sykes followed with his 36-yard score less than two minutes later. Sykes put the finishing touches on the victory with a 6-yard run with 4:38 left in the game.
Greensville finished the game with 391 yards of offense, 216 on the ground. Blue led the overland assault with 134 yards on 16 carries and two scores. Sykes did all his damage in the second half with eight carries for 72 yards.
White connected on half of his 10 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Fields was on the receiving end of all the freshman’s throws.
Southampton finished with 172 yards of offense. The bulk, 160 yards came on the ground on 28 carries.
Greensville will host Windsor High School (2-4, 0-3) at 7 p.m. Friday for homecoming.