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High school football: Massaponax at Spotsylvania
Date published: 8/28/2010
With its trademark triple-option offense setting the pace, the defending Northwest Region champion Panthers overcame a penalty-filled contest and ran away from host Spotsylvania,
It was the season opener for both teams. Both continue their non-district schedules next week. Massaponax hosts Courtland, while Spotsylvania travels to Riverbend.
Led by its staple triple-option offense, Massaponax got touchdown runs from five different backs and showcased what looks like another strong and deep rushing attack for coach Eric Ludden.
There were mistakes that need to be corrected, but the Panthers displayed the same kind of depth and quick-strike capability that carried them to a berth in the state playoffs last season.
Halfback DeAndre Carson-Houston set the pace early with two scores in the first half as Massaponax built a 27-6 lead at the half. The hard-running senior finished with 135 yards on just seven carries.
New quarterback Sean Campbell also looked good, especially in the first quarter when he opened the scoring with a 38-yard keeper around left end. He added a 6-yard sprint for a touchdown early in the second half.
The Panthers piled up 295 yards on the ground and effectively controlled the flow in the first 24 minutes. But the second half was a different story. The two teams combined for a total of 18 flags and the pace slowed down considerably.
Spotsylvania, which lost to the Panthers 69-0 in last year's opener, showed its mettle with two scoring drives and some hard-hitting defense.
The Knights got strong performances from running back Dra' Nelson and quarterback Nate Ennis in the losing cause.
The two combined for an 8-yard scoring pass in the second quarter to cut Massaponax's lead to 20-6. Nelson scored again late in the fourth quarter, when he broke free for a 47-yard scoring run.
Ma--S. Campbell 38-yard run (R. Samuels kick).
Ma--D. Houston-Carson 3-yard run (kick failed).
Ma--D. Houston-Carson 64-yard run (R. Samuels kick).
Sp--D. Nelson 8-yard pass from N. Ennis (run failed).
Ma--S. Campbell 6-yard run (R. Samuels kick).
Ma--J. Latney 22-yard run (D. Houston-Carson run).
Ma--D. Gee 7-yard run (R. Samuels kick).
Sp--D. Nelson 47-yard run (L. Lutrell kick).
Ma--A. Coleman 8-yard run (R. Samuels kick).
INDIVIDUALSTATISTICSRushing: Massaponax--DeAndre Houston-Carson 7-135, 2TDs; Sean Campbell 10-45, 2TDs; Javonte Latney 2-35, TD; Tyler Nimon 1-21; Derek Gee 2-18, TD; A.J. Coleman 2-18, TD; Delante Jefferies 2-10; B.J. Karp 2-10; Kris Hurt 1-7; Mason Sherry 2-1; David Robinson 1-(-5). Spotsylvania--Dra Nelson 7-72, TD; Brandon Sellers 9-52; John Thomas 8-19; Elijah Dailey 1-10; Dane Accardo 1-0; Joe Leigh 2-(-7); Nate Ennis 10-(-7).
Passing: Massaponax--Sean Campbell 2-4-1 49. Spotsylvania--Nate Ennis 6-17-0 84, TD.
Receiving: Massaponax--David Robinson 1-30; Ben White 1-19. Spotsylvania--Elijah Dailey 1-27; Dra Nelson 3-27, TD; Kyle Girone 1-20; Dane Accardo 1-10.
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