Warriors defeated in showdown

Published 12:32 am Saturday, October 20, 2012

Nansemond River journeyed to Chesapeake for a showdown against Western Branch and came away with a 35-7 loss on Friday night.

The numbers tell the story of a Warriors team that was completely dominated, but they actually contributed to their own problems part of the time with critical errors that added up.

Latrell “Vegas” Sandifer sneaks through a rare hole created by his offensive line on Friday at Western Branch High School. Sandifer was limited to 24 yards on 11 carries.

After gaining possession, a false start would back them up to 1st-and-15, or a fumbled pitch to the running back would account for a loss, or they would incur a penalty.

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In other instances, though, the Bruins’ defense simply got past the Warriors’ line and sacked senior quarterback Darwin Barbee. They did it five times.

The Bruins also managed to run up 276 yards and five touchdowns on Nansemond River’s usually staunch run defense. Of those yards, 198 came in the first half.

The Bruins were only one for seven for five yards passing, but the Warriors only managed 26 yards of total offense after losses were accounted for. Barbee was three for 12 for 18 yards and the usually potent junior running back Latrell “Vegas” Sandifer was limited to 24 yards on 11 carries.

Barbee ended up with nine carries for -25 yards, a number which was originally much further away from zero until Barbee ran for a 24-yard touchdown with 26 seconds to go in the third quarter.

The Bruins led 21-0 at halftime, but Nansemond River controlled the game for much of the third quarter. About six minutes in, Sandifer had a 31-yard touchdown run that was called back due to a holding penalty. A later 40-yard field goal attempt came up short.

On the next possession, the Bruins turned the ball over on downs, and the Warriors’ ensuing drive culminated in Barbee’s scoring run.

Momentum swung back in the Bruins’ favor in the fourth quarter, when they quickly scored on a 62-yard run by junior running back Josh Marriner. He also closed out the game’s scoring via an eight-yard run with about 33 seconds to go.

Marriner ended up with 19 carries for 152 yards and four touchdowns.

The Warriors (4-4, 3-4) host Hickory next Friday night.