- The first 23 minutes of the first half. Over that time span, the Indians played like a team that could possibly vie for a regional title in 2014. The defense did a commendable job of containing quarterback Cameron Hill (aka Johnny Football) and shutting down a receiving corps that featured two pass catchers over 6’4” and enough athleticism to give the Greatest Show on Turf a run for its money. Meanwhile, the Powhatan offense was busy building a commanding lead by utilizing — what else — an electric running game. Logan Allen had 119 yards in the first half alone, scoring all three of his team’s touchdowns over an eight minute span in the second quarter.
His most breathtaking play was an 85-yard punt return that put the Indians up 20-0 and sent the capacity crowd into a fit of momentary madness. The Indians would hold on to that 20-point advantage until 20 seconds remained the first half. That’s when Hopewell wide receiver Matt Trevilian took a screen pass and bolted 44 yards through the Powhatan defense for Hopewell’s first score.
Unfortunately for the Indians, Trevilian’s touchdown was a prelude to a Blue Devils offensive explosion in the second half.
- The last 30 seconds of the first half and pretty much the entire second half. Nothing went right for the Indians over the final 24 minutes of play. They managed only 40 yards of offense and were unable to find the end zone after scoring at ease in the second quarter. Penalties, which were a slight issue against Midlothian, paid big dividends this week. Powhatan committed 11 in total, including a crucial personal foul call in the third quarter when they were on the verge of breaking a 20-20 tie.
The height disadvantage in the secondary also came into play. Hill, who was virtually silent during the majority of the first half, summoned his inner Manziel — and his vertically inclined receiving corps — to throw for 200-plus yards and three touchdowns over the final two quarters. It was A Tale of Two Halves in the truest sense of the phrase, and it can be chalked up to a number of factors, including Hopewell’s incredible depth at the skill positions and Powhatan’s inability to establish a passing game.
Player of the Game
This one is a toss up between a number of individuals, but since the defense sometimes gets overlooked, let’s hand it two players in the Indians’ front eight who had career performances. Senior Nelson Sutton, a 6’3” 230-pound defensive lineman, tallied a team-high 11 tackles and applied solid pressure on Hill throughout the evening. Junior Harrison King, an outside linebacker in his first season as a starter, came away with two sacks and an interception. Congrats, Nelson and Harrison.
- Powhatan did a solid job of defending the run, allowing only 89 yards on 27 carries and no scores.
- The Indians missed their first extra point of the season in the second quarter, when a Wes Livermon attempt was blocked. Powhatan had been 7-of-7 until that point.
- Senior Cambrun Graham got the start at quarterback for Powhatan despite the fact that sophomore Reed Kietzman saw the majority of the playing time against Midlothian.
- Chance Morris, Johnathan Caporale, and Harrison King snagged interceptions.
- Hopewell quarterback Cameron Hill finished 14/26 for 270 yards, 4 TD and 3 INT.
The Indians (1-1) travel to Emporia for a game against former Southside District foe Greensville (1-1) that is coming off a 46-12 win over Weldon (N.C.). Historically, Greensville hasn’t fielded a particularly strong team…that’s especially true over the past three seasons (combined record: 6-23). The Indians have outscored the Eagles 140-24 in three meetings over that time span.