Warriors, Saints bounce back

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 20, 2005

On Sept. 10, both the Bennett’s Creek Midget and Nansemond-Suffolk Junior Pee-Wee Pop Warner football teams lost their respective games in overtime. On Saturday at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, the two demonstrated different manners of bouncing back from such a loss.

The Warriors made sure they wouldn’t have to suffer through their third-straight extra period loss, roaring past Smithfield 24-0. The Saints, on the other hand, recreated their game nearly play-by-play, albeit with a different ending – a 14-13 defeat of Inner-City.

Darius Young got things started for BC with a 60-yard screen touchdown pass to Jonathan Lewis, and Rock Artis charged 55 yards to pay dirt in the second quarter. On the Warriors’ first play of the second half, Ryan Lee took a reverse and hurtled 65 yards for another touchdown, and a final score gave BC its first win of the season.

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The Junior Pee-Wee contest was a defensive battle, as both teams pulled down interceptions on their first respective drives. With three minutes to go in the first half, Derrick Edgehill took the ball around the right end, spun through four defenders, and outran the Steelers all the way for a 28-yard touchdown. But Byron Taylor yanked down an interception late in the game and returned it 40 yards for a Steeler score to send things to overtime.

In keeping with league rules, each team starts a series on the 10-yard-line, and gets four chance to score. Neither team could get in the zone on their first try, and NS took the field for the double-OT.

Noah Johnson bolted nine yards on first down, and Demetrius Arline charged up the middle to score. Johnson hit a wide-open Jake Grady for the extra point, lifting the Saints ahead.

Cordarrius Knight scored for the Steelers, and the extra point could push the game to a third series. But Jacob Laine, Virgil Wiggins and the rest of the Saint defense stormed in to stop the Steelers from knotting the score.

&uot;I was mad when they scored,&uot; Wiggins said. &uot;My head was hurting. I was running as fast as I could.&uot;

The Mighty Mite game was also a war, with NS pulling out a 7-6 victory. Jordan Ramirez snuck up the middle for a three-yard score and Josh Darden notched the extra point, but IC scored with 2:30 to go. Once again, the Saint defense stifled them on the extra point, and Parker Price fell on the ensuing onside kick to end the game.

In other action, NS’s Pee-Wee team won 19-0, with C.J. White scoring twice and T.J. Gay once. The Saint flag team also came out on top.

IC won 12-0 in Junior Midget action, as Raekwon Johnson scored both touchdowns.