It was the first game of the season for the Northumberland Indians and Cougars of Surry County at their home on the William H. Miller Field. The game featured more fireworks than the fourth of July, both offensive and special teams with the Indians emerging with a second half win, 48-31. Northumberland entered the field without having a scrimmage and the first half showed it. The offense was not effective in the first half and the tackling was atrocious and the first half showed it with Northumberland down 24-21.
The Cougars got the opening kick-off and began moving the ball when they fumbled and the Indians’ Dionte Kelly came up with the ball. Unable to move the ball the Indians were forced to punt but the ball sailed over the kicker’s head and out the end zone for a safety. Good field position led to a 37 yard TD scamper that left the Indians in an 10-0 hole. On the kick off, Laver Churchill took the ball on his own twenty-five yard line. Churchill cut to his right, found a hole and the race was on. He went the distance as nobody could catch him. Harry Lee added the extra point and the score was 10-7, Surry County.
Later in the first quarter, senior Mason Adams found his new favorite target in sophomore Cameron Seldon on a 24 yard pass and with Lee’s extra point, the Indians took the lead. In the longest first period in football history or at least it seemed so, the Cougars came back with 30 yard TD pass of their own, the two point try failed.
The Cougars scored again on a 22 yard run as the Indians “no wrap” tackling cost them. The two point pass was good and Surry seemed in control. But the speed that the Indians coaching staff had bragged about was shown on the ensuing kick off. This time it was Cameron Seldon taking the kick his own twenty-five and racing seventy five yards for another special teams TD. Lee added the kick and at half time, the Cougars led 24-21.
Some harsh and loud words were spoken at half time before the Indians’ coaching staff returned to the sidelines to let the team settle things out. What was said changed the tenor of the game dramatically. Northumberland took the opening kick-off and marched the field with Adams hitting Seldon on a 19 yard TD strike.
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