Story and Photos by Adolphus Ames —
The Northampton Yellow Jackets hosted their first home football game of the season Sept. 10. They defeated a Surry team coming off a 36-14 win over Bruton. The final score was 44-12.
Quarterback Liam Flynn scored on a 6-yard run to give the Yellow Jackets a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. Surry responded with a rushing touchdown of its own to cut the lead to 7-6. In the second quarter, the Yellow Jackets pulled away, scoring with two rushing touchdowns and a field goal to take a 23-12 lead at halftime. In the second half, they outscored Surry 21-0.
The Yellow Jackets had a strong ground game all night. Flynn had 11 carries for 135 rushing yards, and two touchdowns. Running back Alex Courtney had 13 carries for 121 rushing yards, and one touchdown, including 47-yard run in the second quarter. Running back Dustin Splawn had 21 carries for 102 rushing yards, one touchdown, and one successful 2-point conversion attempt. Jaylen Stevens had eight carries for 38 rushing yards and one touchdown. Tanner Feltes had five carries for 28 rushing yards and one touchdown.
Nykez Upshur, Devin Thornton, Joey Brown, Gibson Hubbard, and offensive lineman Jaivon Burton did a great job blocking and paving the way for the 424 total rushing yards accumulated by the running backs.
Defensively, cornerback Romano Onley had four tackles and two tackle assists. Colin Hopper, Blake Bonniwell, and Thornton each had one tackle and multiple tackle assists. Courtney had one interception.
The Yellow Jackets will host their next home game Sept. 17. They face Windsor at 7 p.m.