Led by the late great head coach Bill Dee, the 2001 team was the first team to defeat Hampton since 1990. In 2001, Phoebus defeated Hampton twice in the regular season and then again in the second round of the playoffs. The 2001 Phantoms went on to cruise to its first state title that year by a 26-7 win in the finals. The 2001 team was the first state championship team at Phoebus where they started the legacy of the state championships that followed.
From Hampton High School, Tim Richardson
Tim played in the rivalry game from 2002-2006 as a defensive end and offensive guard while earning the 2005 All-State Offensive and Defensive Guard award. In 2005, Tim and the Crabbers defeated the Phantoms 29-7, leading them to a state championship. Tim continued his career at Virginia Tech as a middle linebacker and helped the team win two ACC Championships and three BCS Bowl games.