Saints take Bulldogs to school
Published 12:16 am Saturday, October 17, 2015
The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy gridiron featured a feast for the eyes of current NSA students and alumni alike on Friday night.
The Saints ended a three-game losing streak to conference rival Norfolk Academy with a 42-7 blowout win during homecoming.
Nansemond-Suffolk coach Lew Johnston said the story of the game was “a lot of Noah Giles and Graham Moore.”
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Senior running back Noah Giles carried the ball 26 times for 191 yards, three touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Senior running back Graham Moore finished with seven carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns.
As for what helped the Saints get the better of the Bulldogs this year, Johnston noted Norfolk Academy graduated some dynamic playmakers from last year’s team, but he also saw improvement from his own team on the line.
“I felt like we played much better up front against them this year than we have in the past,” he said. “Some good blocking.”
Johnston praised the play of senior running back/linebacker Daniel Griffith, who has experience playing quarterback.
“Daniel Griffith came in and completed a really nice pass to Noah Serianni to set up our first touchdown,” Johnston said.
Griffith scored that first touchdown on a two-yard run.
NSA piled up 413 rushing yards while holding the Bulldogs to 161 yards of total offense.
The victory over Norfolk Academy puts the Saints in a good position to claim the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools title this year. Their remaining conference games are against Greenbrier Christian Academy and Hampton Roads Academy.
“Those are both winnable games if we play well,” Johnston said.
Nansemond-Suffolk (5-2) visits Greenbrier Christian next Friday night.