The Hampton vs. Phoebus game is known as THE game in the Virginia commonwealth. Phoebus, with a state championship football team, went into the game with the obvious advantage, but the Hampton Crabbers hoped to end the Phantoms 27-game district winning streak.
This game was played and won by the defense. Hampton’s defense stepped up to their arch-rivals and continued to fight the Phantoms throughout the game. By the end of the first quarter the score was 10-0, only after two Crabber turnovers. Phoebus’ defense, not to be outdone, refused to let Hampton score. They continued to shut down the Crabbers, pressuring them to make costly mistakes on the field. Both teams exited the field for halftime with the score of 17-0 in the Phantoms favor.
When the teams returned to play, the Hampton offense just could not match the intensity of the Phoebus defense. The Crabbers rushed for only 72 yards during the game. With their fourth shutout of the season, the Phantoms went on to secure their title of Great American Rivalry Series Champions.
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- Phoebus vs. Hampton – 2009