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September 10, 2012
Crabbers Exact Revenge on Greyhounds: Saturday afternoon's tilt between the Hampton Crabbers and Norcom Greyhounds at Darling Stadium marked a re-match of last year's Eastern Region Division 5 semifinals. Just 10 months earlier, Norcom beat Hampton to reach the regional title game. This time, it was Hampton coming out on top, scoring 21 points before half-time and prevailing 28-13 to improve their record to 2-0 overall.
Coming into the game, Hampton's players weren't allowed to forget about what happened the last time the two teams met either.
"Coach has been stressing that all week," noted Hampton senior and Virginia Tech commit Deon Newsome, whose father Myron is a Crabbers assistant and former Hokie and Hampton standout. "They're pretty good and have some talented athletes on their team. We've got like a row of hard games coming up, so it won't get any easier from here."
The versatile Newsome made it look easy at times against the Greyhounds, having a hand in four touchdowns and accumulating 205 yards of offense, either throwing or running the football from the quarterback position. His three rushing touchdowns along with a two-point conversion allowed Hampton to build a 28-6 lead less than three minutes into the third quarter.
"It's coming more and more for me every game," replied Newsome when asked how he's adjusting to playing QB. "We've been able to go down the field, and then we turned back around the other way a couple times and I didn't like that. I've just got to work on my wind because I've been getting a little tired. The heat and these black jerseys we've got on made it even tougher. It was just a little hot out here."
"I thought we played pretty well for the heat. We were trying to wear them down. I don't know if we wore them down or they wore us down," said Hampton Head Football Coach Mike Smith.
"We've got some inexperienced guys, they've got to pick
it up and I've got to pick it up. We
played great defense for a while and then we got a little lackadaisical. I think we got up and lost a little bit of our
intensity there. They're young and
they'll learn. I'm old and I'll make it
I hope. They're young, I'm old and I
don't know which one's going first, me or them."
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