NSA tramples Vikings

Published 11:09 pm Friday, September 11, 2009

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy head coach Kevin Allen walked to the middle of the field Friday night after his Saints claimed a dominating victory. He shook the hands of the Broadwater Academy players and then talked with his team.

Even though he congratulated them for the win and wished them a safe weekend, he wasn’t happy. He wasn’t happy about the lone score Broadwater Academy had on his Saints.

“I am not happy about that score,” Allen said following the Saints’ impressive 27-7 win over Broadwater. “I am not happy about that score, but I know why it happened and we can fix that.”

Coming into this week’s game, Allen and the coaching staff installed a new defense – a defense that in nearly every category shut down Broadwater, but showed signs of weakness in the passing game.

“We are good at fixing the problems and will work this week to do so,” Allen said. “It was a good win for us, but the rough edges you saw tonight will be smoothed over by next week.”

That loan Broadwater touchdown, which came with 10:19 left in the game, came on a 32-yard touchdown pass that saw the Broadwater receiver catch the ball in the flat and then break a number of Saint tackles before falling in the end zone. It was the only highlight for Broadwater during the night.

Although the defense had one breakdown, the Saint ground game was running on all cylinders led by senior running back Will Crenshaw, quarterback Domonique Lennon and a well-coordinated attack by the offensive line.

The Saints generated 339 yards of total offense on the night, all of which came on the ground. Crenshaw accounted for 218 yards of that ground attack and scored two touchdowns.

In fact, Crenshaw himself accounted for more yards on the night than the Saint defense allowed the Broadwater offense. The Saints’ defense allowed just 52 yards on the ground, but looked a little shaky on pass defense, allowing 126 yards in the air and one touchdown.

It didn’t take the Saints long to flex their muscle on the ground as they took their first possession of the game 58 yards on seven plays for an first quarter score.

Junior fullback Ryan May finished off the drive with a one-yard plunge into the endzone with 6:25 left in the opening quarter. Bobby Lamm converted on the extra point attempt giving the Saints a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, after the Saints defense held Broadwater to their third punt of the opening half, NSA again used a five-play drive to score a touchdown, this time driving 66 yards. Lennon this time had the honors as he turned an apparent busted play into a 30-yard run down the left sideline, breaking three tackles, for the touchdown.

Lamm again converted the extra point giving NSA a 14-0 lead heading into halftime.

The Saints extended that lead on their first possession of the second half, striking quickly with a three-play, 52-yard drive that was capped off by Crenshaw’s 43-yard touchdown run. Lamm’s extra point failed, leaving the Saints with a 20-0 lead with 10:23 remaining in the third quarter.

After Broadwater’s early fourth quarter score, NSA answered back with another five-play drive. This 52-yard drive ended when Crenshaw scored his second touchdown of the night, this time from 13-yards out. Lamm’s conversion ended the scoring at 27-7.

Crenshaw led all rushers with 218 yards with Lennon adding another 37 yards and one touchdown.

With the win, the Saints even their season record at 1-1 and will welcome Norfolk Christian next Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.