Costly penalties lead to loss in season opener
The Northumberland football team had a case of first game nervousness and the result ended with a 30-14 loss on the road to the Surry County Cougars. It was a game of two halves with Surry scoring three times in the first and Northumberland scoring twice in the second.
The Cougars operated from the Power I formation and featured a couple of very fast and shifty runners. Had it not been for numerous penalties on their side of
the ball and a couple of fumbles the score might have been worse.
The Indians took the opening kick off, but couldn’t move the ball and turned it over on their own 45-yard-line. Surry scored on their first possession.
Marching 45 yards in six plays, Derrick Bailey hit Timothy Marsh on a 23-yard scoring strike. The Cougars got the two-point conversion on a Dontre Lyttle run.
Northumberland’s offense couldn’t get going in the first half after several dropped passes.
The Cougars added two more touchdowns in the second quarter, both on passes by Bailey. The first of 32 yards went to DeAndre Davis, capping off a 68-yard six play drive. An attempted two-point pass was no good.
The second score came a 15-yard pass to Jarrod Barry. A pass from Bailey to Marsh capped off a two-point conversion. The Cougars led at the half, 22-0.
In the second half, Northumberland opened with score from 76 yards out in nine plays after a defensive stop against Surry. The drive was capped off with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Wesley Jackson to Ameer Veney. The extra point attempt was no good.
In the Cougars second attempt, Northumberland stopped them yet again and followed up the stop with a score on offense compliments of Clinton Carter running up the middle for a seven-yard score. The running back capped off the drive tacking on two more points.
The potential tying touchdown was called back after a penalty was made. This eventually took the sail out of the Indians in the final quarter when two passes were picked off and one returned deep into Indians’ territory.
Bailey hit Marsh from 13 yards out on a fourth down situation for a score and Lyttle responded catching a pass on a two-point conversion.
Jackson was 10-18 for 100 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Daquan Blue three six passes with one completion for 21 yards and handed out an interception.
Sept. 6: Northampton at Northumberland 7:00pm
Sept. 20: Mathews at Northumberland 7
Sept. 27: Middlesex at Northumberland 7:00pm
Oct. 4: King & Queen at Northumberland 7:00pm
Oct. 11: Northumberland at Essex 7
Oct. 18: Northumberland at Washington and Lee 7:00pm
Oct. 25: Northumberland at Colonial Beach 7
Nov. 1: Rappahannock at Northumberland 7
Nov. 8: Lancaster at Northumberland 7