HAMPTON—Last Friday night, for the first time since 2007, the Caroline High School Cavalier men’s football team went to the regional finals, only to run into the Phoebus Phantoms, a team that has made the playoffs an annual event.
The Phantoms blew out the Cavaliers 56-7 in a contest in which the experience of Phoebus prevailed over a Caroline team that is in a stage of maturing toward becoming the powerhouse they went up against in Phoebus. The demeanor of both teams belied the experience levels with an initial nervousness showing on the Cavalier side.
The Phantoms scored with apparent ease throughout the game from their first possession until their last, which was a one-yard run by J. Becnel with 1:47 remaining in the game set up by an interception of a Rasharrd Harris on the Caroline 20. The touchdown was followed by the PAT by D. Antanuos and ending the scoring at 56-7.
In the third quarter, at the 4:17 mark, Durham intercepted another Harris pass and returned it 17 yards for a score. The ensuing PAT by Antanuos broadened the Phoebus lead to 49-7. The first score of the second half came with 11:20 showing on the clock as Marshawn Williams ran 50 yards for a score. The PAT by Antanuos left the score at 42-7.
Phoebus wasted no time in scoring at the beginning of the game after Caroline went three and out, as Williams scored from eight yards out, along with the steady foot of Antanuos to lead Caroline 7-0 with just 69 seconds gone in the game.
A fumble by Caroline’s Keyshawn Johnson gave the Phantoms the ball again and Williams scored from 10 yards out to give Phoebus a 14-0 lead. The last Phantom score of the first quarter came off of a pass interception by Trevione Powell on the Phoebus seven-yard line. Phoebus took seven plays to score following the interception as Williams ran 55 yards for a touchdown with 1:27 left in the quarter to increase the score to 21-0.
The second quarter began for Phoebus with a 44-yard touchdown toss from quarterback Joe Addison to Troy Durham with 10:10 remaining in the half. Following that score, Williams capped off a 45-yard run on the next play with a one-yard plunge into the end zone. Successful PATs for both scores left the score at 35-7 at the half.
Caroline’s only score of the night was made possible by an interception by JaQuan Monroe. Harris’ 83 yard pass to Keyshawn Johnson set up a one-yard run by Cavalier earthmover Chad Boxley for a score that preceded Brando Garcia’s PAT.
Despite the size and experience of the Phoebus Phantoms, it should be noted that the Cavaliers played competitively the entire game as opposed to laying down when the score was much in the favor of Phoebus. Prior to injuring his shoulder in the second half, junior JaQuan Monroe displayed the heart and soul of Caroline athleticism as he fielded kick offs and was swarmed and laid out by the Phoebus special teams. When not in special teams play, Monroe, joined other Cavaliers in representing Caroline as an up and coming power in this area that will provide more appearances in the playoffs.
CAROLINE 0 7 0 0 7
PHOEBUS 21 14 14 7 56
TEAM STATISTICS CA PH
First downs 6 14
Rushing yardage 18-12 31-266
Passing yardage 196 163
Passes 9-27-4 9-13-1
Punts-Avg. 3-26.3 1-41.0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-yards 8-73 5-44