The Phoebus vs. Hampton game is one of the most highly anticipated rivalry games in the area. The Rivalry between the two schools is nicknamed the “Battle of Hampton” in the Peninsula District and the community embraces the game year after year. It’s a matchup between two schools with deep history and passionate fans. This year’s matchup featured two undefeated teams going into the annual Rivalry game.
Marcus is a captain of Phoebus’ football team and he currently holds a 3.5 GPA. Marcus is a wonderful leader on and off the field for his teammates. Marcus plans to continue his schooling next year and is interested in attending William & Mary, NC A&T and Morgan State University and study Sociology. Marcus is the son of Watalia Elliot and Donald Taite.
Devin is a 1-year letterman for the Hampton football team, he also participated in chorus from his Freshman year to his Junior year. He currently has a 4.11 GPA and is pursuing his International Baccalaureate diploma. Devin plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University and pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. He is the son of Darryl and Stephanie Thomas.
On Saturday afternoon, the Crabbers and the Phantoms kicked off and Hampton set the stage for a dominating performance. The opening drive was a 55- yard march down the field for a touchdown, capped with a 3-yard extra point run by senior quarterback D.J. Nunn. Phoebus went three-and-out on its first possession, a deflating result. But the situation quickly turned from bad to worse for the Phantoms when Crabbers senior Treveon Davis blocked the punt and junior L’Jaughn Gaskins recovered in the end zone for a second Hampton score. Another Phoebus three-and-out followed. This time, the punt did not get blocked; instead Hampton senior Dazz Newsome returned it 65 yards for another touchdown, the third of the first quarter. The Crabbers held a 21-0 lead by the time they started their second offensive drive in the second quarter, thanks to the two special-teams touchdowns. They picked up where they left off, driving for yet another touchdown on a 1-yard run by Newsome. In the second half, Newsome added a 74-yard touchdown reception to put Hampton up 37- 0. The Crabbers would score one more time to make the final score 44-0.
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