The two buildings — 1491 West Queen Street and 100 Ireland Street — are separated by four miles. In reality, things are much tighter, at least between the two football programs.
The players grew up together. They were teammates in rec league. Even today, some are close friends, if only for 51 weeks out of the year.
Thursday night (weather permitting) will mark the 44th game of the series, which began in America's bicentennial year. Here are 10 memorable moments from the past.
1 — NOV. 4, 1994: HAMPTON 22, PHOEBUS 21 (OT)
The Crabbers had a remarkable 15-year-old freshman quarterback named Ronald Curry. The Phantoms had an unstoppable sophomore runner named Antwoine Womack.
Phoebus jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, but Hampton came back to send it to overtime. The Phantoms scored first on Womack's 10-yard run, which was followed by Josh Jones' PAT to make the score 21-14. But when Curry sneaked in from the 1, the game appeared headed to a second OT.
Instead, Coach Mike Smith elected to go for the 2-point conversion. And Curry ended it with a rollout pass to a leaping Noell Rainey in the back of the end zone.
2 — NOV. 5, 2011: HAMPTON 13, PHOEBUS 10 (OT)
The Phantoms came in having won the last six games in the series. But the Crabbers ended that in dramatic fashion.
Phoebus had a chance to win at the end of regulation, but Eric Enderson's 20-yard field goal was blocked by Hampton's Dallas Cogdell. That set up overtime, and on the Phantoms' first possession, Dylan Kremp made a 20-yard kick to make it 10-7.
Then it was Hampton's turn. On third-and-goal from the 9, sophomore tailback Marshawn Williams scored on a trap to give the Crabbers their first win in the series since 2006.
3 — NOV. 26, 2010: PHOEBUS 12, HAMPTON 7
As good as he was at defensive end, Phoebus' Daquan Romero was also a force at tight end. In fact, Smith said Romero was the guy he worried about most when the Phantoms had the ball.
Romero showed why. With Phoebus trailing 7-3 and facing a fourth-and-goal from the 6-yard line, Romero caught a touchdown pass from Jordan Roby with 2:55 remaining. The Phantoms added a safety and held on for the win and another Eastern Region championship.
And two weeks later, Phoebus won its third of what now stands at four consecutive Group AAA Division 5 championships.
4 — OCT. 6, 1990: PHOEBUS 22, HAMPTON 14
With surprise starter Kevin Beckner running Bill Dee's wishbone offense, the Phantoms broke through for their first on-the-field win. (See No. 10). Phoebus led from the moment Jon Jensen made a 37-yard field goal on the final play of the first quarter.
Dee was in his sixth season at Phoebus, which had gone from 1-9 in his first year to 8-2 in his second, third and fourth. Beating Hampton, he knew, was a major step.
"Hopefully," Dee said, "this win will give us the total respect our program has earned."
5 — OCT. 23, 1998: HAMPTON 10, PHOEBUS 7
There was some serious talent in this game. Carlos Campbell, Maurice Shanks and Nathaniel Adibi for Phoebus; Marques Hagans, Jarrit Green and Muffin Curry for Hampton. But the hero was a kid named Alan Johnson.
Roughly two hours after he had missed from 29 yards, Johnson was perfect on a 25-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining to give Hampton the win. It's the series' lowest-scoring game since the inaugural game in 1976.
"That was a championship kick," Smith said.
6 — NOV. 26, 2004: HAMPTON 26, PHOEBUS 21
When Tyrod Taylor threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Todd Nolen with 9:44 remaining in the second quarter, Hampton took a 20-0 lead. Almost as bad for Phoebus was the news that Elan Lewis, its 2,000-yard tailback, was done for the night with a knee injury.
But the Phantoms scored three touchdowns in a span of 3 minutes, 19 seconds and took a 21-20 lead at halftime. Yet after all that, the only scoring in the second half came when Taylor ran in from 12 yards with 2:09 left in the third quarter. He finished with 309 yards on 12 completions.
7 — SEPT. 24, 1976: HAMPTON 6, PHOEBUS 0
Every rivalry needs a starting point. Even if it wasn't a classic.
The teams combined for only 11 first downs and 210 yards of offense. The only touchdown came on Jon McKinney's 3-yard run up the middle with 7:05 remaining in the game.
Phoebus was in its first season against a varsity schedule and would finish 2-6-1 under coach Phil Smith. Hampton was in a rebuilding year after going undefeated in 1975 and would finish 6-4.
8 — NOV. 21, 2003: PHOEBUS 24, HAMPTON 20
One reason many remember this game is because it's the one time Smith wasn't on the sideline in his 42-year coaching career.
Smith had undergone emergency gallbladder surgery on Wednesday, so the Crabbers were led by veteran assistants Danny Mitchell and Alvis Mann. Hampton led 20-17 going into the fourth quarter, but the Phantoms took the lead for good on Lewis' 1-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal with 6:35 remaining.
Lewis, who would become the all-time leading rusher in Group AAA history, ran for 190 yards on 43 carries that night.
9 — OCT. 12, 2001: PHOEBUS 27, HAMPTON 7
Having already lost to Warwick in its opener, Phoebus was virtually perfect in what essentially was a must-win game. The Phantoms took an early 14-0 lead and coasted behind 298 rushing yards, 136 coming from Philip Brown on eight carries.
"That was a sweet one," Dee said.
Not nearly as sweet as six weeks later in the Eastern Region final. In front of an overflow crowd at Darling, Phoebus jumped out to a 28-7 halftime lead and coasted to a 46-15 win, its biggest victory margin ever against the Crabbers.
10 — SEPT. 12, 1980: PHOEBUS 2, HAMPTON 0
No, there wasn't a safety — that's the official score of a forfeit in football. Crabber receiver John "Butch" Pegram had transferred from Menchville prior to the season, but the VHSL declared him ineligible and forced Hampton to forfeit its first two wins. That included a 24-0 shutout of Phoebus in Week Two.
Oddly, the VHSL declared Pegram eligible for the remainder of the year.
•Phoebus (9-0, 8-0 Peninsula District) vs. Hampton (8-1, 7-1), 7 p.m. at Darling Stadium
SUNDAY: Hampton-Phoebus by the numbers.
TODAY: Ten memorable games of the series.
TUESDAY: Profile of Phoebus coach Jeremy Blunt, who replaced Stan Sexton weeks ago.
WEDNESDAY: Profile of Hampton running back Marshawn Williams, a Virginia Tech commitment who is racking up the numbers.
THURSDAY: What you need to know heading into game day.
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