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STORY: Phoebus runs past Warwick
Phoebus' Shawn Alston ran for 150 yards. Photo by Rob Ostermaier/Daily Press
Phoebus runs past Warwick
By Chris Lancia | Correspondent
NEWPORT NEWS — Phoebus made a strong statement Saturday to all those who say the Phantoms can’t run this year.
Shawne Alston put up 150 rushing yards on 22 carries, and Phoebus rolled up a total of 283 yards on the ground in a convincing 45-7 win over Warwick.
“I really wanted to get our ground game going. We’ve been throwing the ball really well, but I wanted to get control the football, and I think we did that tonight,” said Phoebus coach Bill Dee. “We can throw when we have to, but a good ground game is important, and we played a good, consistent ballgame tonight.”
Phoebus quarterback Tajh Boyd provided balance, going 7-of-9 through the air for 108 yards and a score. He connected on his last six pass attempts, and added 72 rushing yards.
Warwick turned the ball over with an interception on its first play, but Phoebus (4-0, 3-0 Peninsula District) stalled after starting on Warwick’s 23 and settled for a 35-yard field goal from Matt Cole.
Warwick (2-2, 1-2) was within 10 at halftime thanks to an 80-yard scoring run from Lamonte Williams, a play that resulted in the bulk of the Warriors yardage on the night.
Alston had a 29-yard touchdown run, which would have provided a bigger cushion and given him four on the night, called back on a holding call in the second quarter.
Dee wasn’t worried about the small margin.
“One play, that’s it. Take that play away and we’re up 17-0,” said Dee. “Our defense did a great job tonight, but just missed a read on that play and got caught.”
The Phantoms came out of the break and marched 73 yards in seven plays, scoring when Boyd found a wide-open Daquan Romero for a 39-yard touchdown.
“We’ve been turning a lot to the pass lately, but (Dee) keeps telling us how important it is to establish the ground game, too,” said Alston. “Our line was pushing tonight, and we just ran it in there and broke out for some good yards. I’m real happy with how we played tonight, and we showed that we can do more than just throw the ball.”
PHOEBUS 45, WARWICK 7
Phoebus 10 7 14 14 45
Warwick 0 7 0 0 7
Phoebus--Matt Cole 35 kick
Phoebus--Shawn Alston 39 run (Cole kick)
Warwick--Lamonte Williams 80 run (Matt Bevins kick)
Phoebus--Alston 3 run (Cole kick)
Phoebus--Tajh Boyd 39 pass to Romero (Cole kick)
Phoebus--Boyd 52 run (Cole kick)
Phoebus--Alston 21 run (Cole kick)
Phoebus--Colby Goodwyn 14 run (Cole kick)
First downs 12 0
Rushes-yards 46-283 22-111
Passing yards 108 1
Comp-Att-Int 7-9-0 1-5-2
Penalties-yards 7-60 3-25
Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-2
Punts-avg. 4-37.75 7-37.0
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Last edited by dsquires : 09-23-2007 at 08:57 AM.
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