First Posted: 9/4/2009
When North Surrys Joston Phipps took a punt 60 yards for a score on the Greyhounds first play of the second half Friday against Starmount, it gave the home team the lead and the momentum.
But, as North Surry coach Brian Hampton noted, the Greyhounds have had a hard time keeping up with momentum this season. That turned out to be the only score for North Surry (0-3) in a 36-7 loss that saw the Rams (1-2) rack up 30 points in the second half.
We got momentum and then they returned the kickoff to the (Greyhounds 45), Hampton said, and that just took all the wind out of us. We cant capitalize on momentum and thats killing us.
Unfortunately, Hampton saw the same downfall twice before last night.
Its happened numerous times already this year in three games, he said. As soon as we get momentum, they take it from us. Forbush, we got down and scored; big kickoff return takes the momentum away. Elkin, we get things going a little bit; a big play takes it away.
Quarterback Joston Phipps led North Surry with 97 yards on the ground, but he topped a list that Hampton would rather not have by the end of the game: The injured. Phipps tweaked an ankle and missed time in the second half. Running back Nik Morgan suffered from an ankle sprain and cramps. Running back Terry Adams had a high ankle sprain.
Everybodys banged up right now, Hampton said. Were just the walking wounded. I wish the open date was next week so we could heal up.
Injuries are the last thing the Greyhounds can afford with quarterback Tanner Hiatt already out the first three games with a high ankle sprain.
We have no offense without Tanner, Joston, Terry and Nik….thats our backfield, Hampton said.
Starmount ground out 332 rushing yards, including 196 in the second half. After starting 0-2, the Rams, whose ground attack has been solid all year, won this week by forcing turnovers. Twice in the first half the Greyhounds were on the verge of scoring. Twice the Rams came up with interceptions.
But the first half was a distant memory by the time Phipps turned the Greyhounds first play of the second half into a lead.
He made that play, Rams coach Scott Johnson said. We had three guys hit him and I thought one guy stripped him, but he pulled it out of his arms.
The Rams returned the ensuing kickoff to the North Surry 45 and were forced into a fourth-and-short. Rams quarterback Jake Barr ran around the right end for a 17-yard game that signaled the beginning of the end for North Surry.
From that point on, the Rams power-running game that featured several backs beat up the injured Greyhounds. Hampton pointed out that players like Morgan and junior running back Dillon Hawks played hard despite injuries and adversity. He did not say the same about others.
Theres certain kids that never quit, Hampton said. Theres some I think (that) did. And I told them theyre going to have to do a little soul searching and their either going to have to get in or get out and thats how its going to have to be.
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