Nansemond-Suffolk Academy sophomore running back Graham Moore runs for one of his two touchdowns on Friday night in the Saints' 50-0 win over host Greenbrier Christian Academy. (Janine DeMello photo)
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy sophomore running back Graham Moore runs for one of his two touchdowns on Friday night in the Saints' 50-0 win over host Greenbrier Christian Academy. (Janine DeMello photo)

Saints rebound with ease

Published 11:32pm Friday, October 18, 2013

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy cleansed its palate from last week’s homecoming loss to Norfolk Academy with a dominant showing on Friday night at Greenbrier Christian Academy.

The Saints, a successful Division II team, came in as heavy favorites against the struggling Division IV Gators, and NSA played their part, running away with a 50-0 victory.

Comparing offensive statistics tells the story of the game quite dramatically. Nansemond-Suffolk had 21 first downs; Greenbrier Christian had none. The Saints stacked up 457 yards of total offense, while the Gators ended up with 10.

As has been the tradition in NSA head coach Lew Johnston’s Delaware Wing T offense, most of the damage came on the ground. The Saints had 359 rushing yards, and GCA was held to -33.

Some of the points came from a less familiar source this time out, however. Sophomore running back Graham Moore only had two carries all game long, but he made them count. He scored the first touchdown of the game on a 19-yard run, and found the end zone again in the third quarter on a 28-yard run.

NSA’s normal gallery of rushing stars came through for most of the night’s scoring, though yardage was nicely distributed amongst several players.

Junior fullback David Gough led the way with 12 carries for 100 yards, two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion. Junior halfback Addison Peak had six carries for 58 yards, a touchdown and two 2-point conversions. Sophomore halfback Noah Giles gained 91 yards and a touchdown on four carries, and sophomore running back Reed Browne chipped in with four carries for 31 yards.

Nansemond-Suffolk attempted far more passes in the contest than it typically does, with senior quarterback Jackson DeMello going 5-for-13 for 98 yards, one touchdown, one 2-point conversion and one interception.

He connected with senior tight end John Mobley for a 25-yard touchdown catch and run. After a penalty forced another 2-point try, DeMello found Mobley again for the conversion.

Mobley finished with two catches for 57 yards.

The night also represented an opportunity for less experienced Saints players to get some playing time. DeMello came out in the third quarter and was replaced by Robbie Tew and sophomore quarterback Noah Serianni.

Nansemond-Suffolk (6-2, 2-2) will take a trip to Richmond to face Trinity Episcopal School next Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. It will be the Saints’ first meeting with the Titans since pounding them 41-21 on the road last year in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II state semifinals.

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