Warriors earn regional honors

Published 10:19 pm Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Two players from the 2015 Nansemond River High School football team received All-5A South Region recognition. Senior Thomas Hopple was selected to the second team as an offensive lineman and senior Terrence Lambert made the second team as a running back.

Hopple and Lambert were key to Nansemond River achieving its first winning season in 13 years, as it went 7-3 during the regular season, averaging 38.9 points per game. The Warriors’ season ended with a 19-7 loss to host Norview High School in the first round of the playoffs.

Warriors coach David Coccoli affirmed that Hopple’s biggest impact on the offensive line was to facilitate the run game. As a team in 2015, the Warriors rushed for 2,527 yards.

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“He’s a three-star recruit that signed with Virginia Tech and had nine scholarship offers, so he should be recognized at the region and the state level,” Coccoli said of Hopple. “He’s just a really good player. The guys that offer scholarships, they spend time watching film, and they come to the games. Every now and then, they might miss on a kid, but most of the times they get it right, and they got it right with him.”

Lambert was Nansemond River’s leading rusher in 2015, carrying the ball 140 times for 1,320 yards and 14 touchdowns.

“His stats speak for themselves,” Coccoli said. “His stats are up there with the rest of the guys in the region, and that’s what pushed him over the top.”

Lambert has not yet made a college decision.