Of all the sights Phoebus coach Bill Dee wanted to see in the final minutes of another running-clock blowout, his star quarterback catapulting himself - a la John Elway in Super Bowl XXXII -into the end zone definitely was not one of them.
For that matter, Dee wasn't thrilled about having him and several other starters out there in the first place.
But the Phantoms had the ball for less than six minutes in a bizarre first half. And Dee wanted his regulars to work a four-quarter game for once, which is why they were in later than usual in polishing off a 48-0 win Friday night over Kecoughtan at Darling Stadium.
"I told their coaches after the game, we had to play four quarters," Dee said. "We've only played four quarters, what, probably the Hampton game? And not even then. We needed to start doing that. I told the kids, we have to get a good four quarters in. We've got to get ready."
The playoffs are fast approaching, and Phoebus (9-0, 8-0 Peninsula District) still hasn't faced a difficult test. The average victory margin is 46.4 points, which has led to short games and not much field time for the starters.
"That didn't bother me at all," Kecoughtan coach Glenn Tidwell said of the starters being in. "I mean, he does what he does."
Though Phoebus led 20-0 at halftime, it had only 53 yards on 15 plays from scrimmage. The Warriors (4-5, 4-4) had a three-to-one advantage in time of possession - 18 minutes, 7 seconds to the Phantoms' 5:53. For the first time all season, Phoebus' offense didn't score a touchdown in the first half.
So how was it 20-0? Special teams and defense. On the fourth play of the game, Kecoughtan punter Jeff Emerson dropped the snap at his goal line, and the Phantoms' Chaz Robinson recovered in the end zone.
Cornerback Colby Goodwyn intercepted two passes in the second quarter, the first of which he took back 41 yards for a touchdown. His second pick resulted in a 60-yard return that set up Eric Crocker's second field goal of the first half.
"I just saw him raising his arm, and I broke on the ball," Goodwyn said of both plays. "Luckily, I got a good break."
It wasn't lucky for or a good break for the Warriors.
"We turned the ball over twice and gave them 14 points," Tidwell said. "Other than that, it's 6-0 at halftime."
In the second half, Phoebus' offense was a machine. The Phantoms had 14 of their 17 first downs and 291 of their 344 yards, including all 147 passing, in the second half.
"We came out flat in the first half, and Colby and the defense did a real good job stepping up," said Phoebus quarterback Tajh Boyd, who was 0-for-4 in the first half but 5-for-7 in the second. "That's what a team has to do.
"In the first quarter, we only had one series. That's what we usually do, run the clock. It took us a while to get in a groove, and we finally did. We did a good job in the second half."
PHOEBUS 48, KECOUGHTAN 0
KECOUGHTAN 0 0 0 0 - 0 PHOEBUS 10 10 14 14 - 48
Pho-Robinson recovers fumble in end zone (Crocker kick)
Pho-FG Crocker 30
Pho-Goodwyn 41 interception return (Crocker kick)
Pho-FG Crocker 35
Pho-Romero 38 pass from Boyd (Crocker kick)
Pho-Alston 5 run (Crocker kick)
Pho-Romero 58 pass from Boyd (Crocker kick)
Pho-Boyd 8 run (Crocker kick)
Kec PhoFirst downs 7 17Rushes-yards 31-28 35-197Comp-Att-Int 4-12-3 5-11-0Passing yards 85 147Punts-avg. 4-30.8 1-50Penalties-yards 2-10 6-70Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0