The Phoebus vs. Hampton was the biggest thing in town on October 22nd; the entire town was talking about the game. The two cross-town rivalries drew a crowd of 10,000+ for the battle of the unbeaten.
Hampton’s scholarship winner is senior kicker Kyle Valliant, son of Kevin Valliant. In addition to excellence in academics, Kyle is also known for an exceptional work ethic. Although hampered with an illness during the beginning of the season, he has come back as a strong contributor to the team.
Jonathan McLean and Justin Williams
Phoebus will be splitting their scholarship between two students. The first is senior Jonathan Josiah Rhoulac McLean, son of Trina and Paul McLean. Jonathan was selected All-District 2nd Team at tackle and honorable mention for offensive/defensive line last season. He is active at Antioch Baptist Church and plans to pursue a college degree in engineering. The other recipient is center/defensive end Justin T. Williamson, son of Christina and Christopher Williamson. Justin is an honor student and a two-year varsity football letterman. He was selected to the 2009 All-District team as a center and recognized as a member of the 2009 Daily Press All-Star Team. Justin plans to major in business and sports management.
Ronnie had a complete grasp of what the Phoebus-Hampton rivalry is all about. During the 2001 season, Ronnie’s senior year, he quarterbacked the Phantoms to two victories over the Crabbers. Ronnie threw for over 1700 yards and 17 touchdowns that year, and his leadership served as the catalyst for the Phantoms first AAA State Football Championship. He continued his education and his football career at Coffeyville Community College and was in the process of transferring to Kent State when his life was tragically cut short in an auto accident in June of 2004. Not only did Ronnie leave an indelible mark on Phantom football, but also on the hearts of all who were privileged to know him. Ronnie’s parents, Kim and Ronald, and his daughter Anayiah accepted the Hall of Fame Award on his behalf.
Danny is part of the Mitchell family legacy at Hampton High. His grandfather was the Crabbers’ trainer, his father played on the team, and Danny was captain of the 1969 championship team and has served as head coach since 1977. He has led the Crabbers to 10 State Championship titles and has coached in all of the Hampton/Phoebus games. Danny’s son, Matthew, continued the family football tradition as captain and quarterback for the 2007 team.