Conventional football wisdom says that if a team has two quarterbacks, it actually has none. But Tabb made the formula work to near-perfection Monday night at Bailey Field, beating Southampton 35-0 in the Bay Rivers District opener for both teams.
Quarterbacks Jeffrey Schurott and Sean Case, both seniors, combined to throw for 133 yards and three touchdowns.
"That's how our system works," Tigers coach Matt Lawson said. "There are some things Jeff does better than Sean, and vice-versa. Jeff can run a little better than Sean, and Sean's height is an advantage when we line him up at wide receiver."
Which Tabb (2-0, 1-0 BRD) did with 4:48 left in the first quarter, when Schurott found Case in the back of the end zone from 3 yards. Case leapt, snatching the ball out of the air before getting his foot in-bounds.
"Coach always tells us how big Sean is," Schurott said. "There's a reason his nickname is 6-5."
That was the only score Tabb would need, but far from the only one the Tigers would get. Corey Patrick ran 32 yards for a touchdown with 6:46 left in the second quarter to give Tabb a 14-0 lead it would carry into the half.
Southampton (0-1, 0-1) was held to just 59 yards in the first half, all on the ground. Indians quarterback Kendal Carwile finished 2-for-9 for just five yards.
"Our defense played pretty well tonight," Lawson said. "We did a good job of limiting the mistakes, and we didn't really give up much — especially in the second half."
The offense also picked up in the second half. Tabb scored twice in the third quarter alone. Schurott threw another touchdown pass, a 30-yard strike to Zachary Wilson with 8:30 left in the quarter.
The roles from the first score were reversed at the end of the third quarter, when Case lobbed the ball into the far right corner of the end zone. Schurott leapt and caught the ball before barely falling in-bounds.
Christopher Ham got the bulk of the carries for the Tigers in the fourth quarter, adding the final tally with 41 seconds to go with a 5-yard run.
Tabb won't have much time to savor Monday's win, as on Friday the Tigers travel to New Kent to take on the Trojans. The short week is a result of Tropical Storm Hanna, which forced several postponements from last week.
"From a coach's standpoint, we miss Monday practice," Lawson said. "But for the guys, they lose two days to rest up and get right. We normally heal up the bumps and bruises on Saturday and Sunday.
"Hopefully we didn't get too many of those tonight."
TABB 35, SOUTHAMPTON 0Southampton0000 — 0Tabb77147 — 35 Tabb – Schurott 3 pass to Case (Henderson kick)
Tabb – Patrick 32 run (Henderson kick)
Tabb – Schurott 30 pass to Wilson (Henderson kick)
Tabb – Case 12 pass to Schurott (Henderson kick)
Tabb – Ham 5 run (Henderson kick)SouthTabbFirst downs718Rushes-yards29-10824-173Passing yards5133Comp.-att.-ints2-9-09-13-0Punts-avg.4-34.251-26Penalties-yards4-373-20Fumbles-lost2-22-1