| Dec 1, 2010
| 2:00 PM
They subscribe to the Keyshawn Johnson theory of playing the position: Just Give Me the Damn Ball. If it were up to them, they'd be in the spread offense and throw 50 times a game. First-and-10, third-and-inches, it wouldn't matter.
Only one problem,...
| Nov 26, 2010
| 7:55 PM
Earlier in the week, Hampton coach Mike Smith declared Daquan Romero to be Phoebus' best receiver. It didn't matter to him that Romero had caught six passes all season.
And with the Eastern Region Division 5 championship on the line, Smith knew Romero...
| Nov 26, 2010
| 12:40 PM
Sitting in a computer class during his sophomore year at Hampton High School, Tyrod Taylor loosened the long braids he had in his hair, watched the clock and waited for class to end.
They were simpler days for Taylor — a time before all the...
| Nov 25, 2010
| 5:26 PM
Not that it's here, as everyone knew it would be, it's time to ask: How much has changed in 35 days?
On Oct. 22, the regular-season game between Phoebus and Hampton was expected to be a down-to-the-wire struggle between two teams with explosive...
| Nov 24, 2010
| 2:57 PM
After 31 seasons, during which time he had been a part of so much, Danny Mitchell felt ready. Ready for retirement, ready for a life without football. And ready, finally, to part ways with his home away from home … otherwise known as Hampton High...
| Nov 22, 2010
| 10:35 AM
With all due respect to Harvard-Yale, Hampton-Phoebus has always been The Game around these parts. It's been the one guaranteed draw every year at Darling Stadium.
But when these teams met on Oct. 22 with first place on the line, virtually all of the 9,...
| Nov 19, 2010
| 7:41 PM
Here's a pretty basic rule of thumb at any level of football: When your defense scores more touchdowns that it allows, you're almost always in good shape.
Hampton's 'D' was as opportunistic as it was impenetrable Friday night in a 24-0 win over Norcom in...
| Nov 18, 2010
| 3:48 PM
Danny Dodson had a few hours to call his own Saturday morning, so he drove two of his three daughters to Upward basketball practice. The first was at 8:30, the second at 11.
"My wife does most of that stuff," Dodson said. "But I had some time in the...
| Nov 16, 2010
| 2:25 PM
It was 10 years ago, give or take, and the rec league coach needed someone to snap the ball. And, kids being kids, nobody wanted to do anything that didn't involve throwing, running or catching.
So Lydell Washington volunteered. That's how a kid with...
| Nov 11, 2010
| 1:17 PM
A year later, the memories remain. Hampton coach Mike Smith considers it one of the worst calls he's seen in 40 years of coaching. Running back Kavon Bellamy knows he crossed the goal line for what should have been the game-winning touchdown.
| Nov 11, 2010
| 6:52 AM
Blame Curt Newsome if you're a Crabber. Thank him if you're a Phantom.
Newsome coached the only two football teams that beat Hampton High from September 1995 to Thanksgiving 1999.
He played on Phoebus' first varsity team, returned as an assistant and...