— If Phoebus had a weakness last year — and let's face it, even the best of teams do — it was constant intensity. The Phantoms had a habit of taking a big lead into halftime and then letting their foot off the accelerator.
No more. These days, Phoebus takes control and floors it. And the result is three games, three wins with running clocks.
The Phantoms put Woodside away with a 21-point third quarter and rolled to a 44-0 win Saturday afternoon at Todd Stadium. Phoebus has outscored its three opponents this season 143-7, 54-0 in the third quarter.
"Last year, that was our Achilles' heel a bit," Phantoms coach
said. "And we talked about that a lot. We talked with the seniors about staying focused and finishing people off."
The Phantoms (3-0, 2-0 in the Peninsula District) certainly did that Saturday. Phoebus led 23-0 when it took the second-half kickoff. The offense needed three plays and 38 seconds to cover 75 yards — Shawne Alston for 13, Tajh Boyd to Markell Wilkins for 42, and Alston for the final 20.
"We hoped to stop them on that first series and make a game of it," Woodside coach Danny Dodson said. "But they went right at us."
Alston's third touchdown, with 6:08 left in the third, made it 37-0 and started the continuous clock. Colby Goodwyn, Alston's backup, scored the final touchdown on a 5-yard run with 44.6 seconds left in the quarter.
Offensively, Phoebus was efficient. Alston ran for 115 yards on 14 carries, and Goodwyn added 73 on six. Boyd completed 8-of-10 passes for 115 yards.
The Phantoms' defense pitched its second straight shutout — or "doughnut," as they like to call it. That means Margaret Dee, Bill's wife, will be buying eight boxes of doughnuts for the defense, just like she did following Monday's 52-0 blanking of Bethel.
"Basically, a shutout is our goal every week," lineman Charlie Jones said. "We did our job today."
Woodside (2-1, 1-1) had eight first downs and 119 total yards, four and 59 of which came on its final possession. Of its 38 plays from scrimmage, only 11 were taken on Phoebus' side of the field.
"I really think so," Dodson said when asked if the Phantoms' defense is better than last year. "They're very good on defense. They're incredibly fast and so strong."
It was another dominant performance, and this one made Dee particularly proud. With four days between games, Phoebus had to face Bethel on Monday night and Woodside on Saturday afternoon. Couple that with temperatures in the 90s on Saturday, and that made for a difficult challenge.
"They did a hell of a job," Dee said. "It was a tough week for them and they really handled it."
PHOEBUS 44, WOODSIDE 0 Phoebus 9 14 21 0 — 44 Woodside 0 0 0 0 — 0
Pho — Wilkins 9 pass from Boyd (Crocker kick)
Pho — Safety, Woodside fumbled out of end zone
Pho — Davenport 2 run (Crocker kick)
Pho — Alston 6 run (Crocker kick)
Pho — Alston 20 run (Crocker kick)
Pho — Alston 8 run (Crocker kick)
Pho — Goodwyn 5 run (Crocker kick)