Warriors shut out on a rainy Friday
Published 6:20 pm Saturday, September 3, 2016
Oscar Smith High School traveled to Nansemond River High School on Friday and defeated the Warriors 48-0 in a drenching game that marked a setback for the Warriors, who had put up 63 unanswered points the previous week.
Turnovers plagued the Warriors (1-1) Friday night as they went scoreless against the Tigers (1-1). Oscar Smith, a state powerhouse, lost its opening game last week, which only spelled trouble for the Warriors.
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Nansemond River threw three interceptions and had four fumbles, possible results of a mixture of bad weather lack of focus.
“The score wasn’t indicative of the differences between the two teams,” coach David Coccoli said. “We had too many turnovers. We can’t beat anyone turning the ball over like that.”
After the first quarter, Oscar Smith was up 27-0. Coccoli had talked about wanting to match the Tigers’ intensity before the game, but the turnovers did not allow the Warriors to do so.
“I think the weather played a huge factor,” senior Henry Moreno said. “We never went through a rain practice, and it caused us some problems. I think our defense did a good job, with the exception of some blown coverages.”
“They are a good football team,” Coccoli said. “They have a state powerhouse roster. We have to have a solid game plan, and turnovers can’t be a part of that.”
The Warriors had a 180-degree turn in performance from last week, when they chalked 63 points and rushed for more than 400 yards against Menchville.
On Friday, they had 95 yards rushing, led by Dy’Quan McGhee, who had 40 yards on seven carries. Anthony Oliphant added 30 yards on four carries.
Warriors stand out JeVon Waller ran for 130 yards against Menchville but was a bit banged up and was limited throughout the game Friday night.
“I thought the kids played hard,” Coccoli said. “But from the top, starting with me, down to the bottom, we didn’t get the job done.”
Nansemond River is 1-1 and has a bye week coming up. The team will use the bye week to focus on getting players healthy and getting back to the fundamentals.
“We will get back to some basic football,” Coccoli said. “The kids will have a couple of days off, and we will get right back to work. We don’t want that loss to drag us down.”
After this week’s bye, Nansemond River will be on the road to face Deep Creek High School at 7 p.m. Sept. 16.