Warriors scoreless in road loss

Published 2:50 pm Saturday, October 8, 2016

Nansemond River High School went on the road Friday night and suffered a disappointing loss that dropped them to 3-3 on the year.

After a good win against Indian River High School last week, the Warriors couldn’t seem to sustain their momentum as they traveled to Western Branch (3-3) and failed to score a point.

The Warriors had an opportunity to play spoiler to a packed Western Branch crowd on their homecoming night. It was a disappointing effort all around from the Warriors, as they were able to produce less than 50 yards of offense.

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“Can’t win football games when you don’t score,” Warriors coach David Coccoli said of his team’s effort. “When you have an offensive performance like that, it’s going to be hard to win games.”

From players to coaches, everyone was frustrated with the way the game went Friday night. Coccoli gave credit to Western Branch for executing in all areas better than the Warriors. The Bruins scored on their first two drives, which were touchdown runs by Cassmeir Hutchinson. Hutchinson ended up with 157 yards and two touchdowns on the night. After their first two drives, the Bruins didn’t score again until the fourth quarter.

“The first two drives, we gave up some points, “Coccoli said. “Can’t give up points on two consecutive possessions. We started to settle down and played well until that last touchdown they had at the end.”

“We came out way too slow, and we let them get a big lead early,” senior linebacker Henry Moreno said. “Western Branch did a good job on keeping our offense off the field.”

Offensively, the Warriors didn’t have much of anything going. JeVon Waller led the way with 12 carries for 39 yards. Three players rushed for negative yardage and didn’t allow much in the passing game either. Western Branch did a solid job keeping the Warriors from sustaining a consistent rhythm by managing the clock when they had offensive possessions.

“We didn’t play to our true ability,” quarterback Dy’Quan McGhee said. “We have some re-evaluating to do.”

The Warriors will look at some things they can do offensively for future games. Coccoli is sure his team will respond in a positive manner. A shutout is not what many expected from the Warriors Friday night, and the Warriors won’t let that define them going forward.

“We will come together as a family and figure out what it is we need to fix,” Warriors junior Gerard Stringer said. “We played our hearts out, but we just couldn’t get it together as a team.”

“If we respond, we have a good chance to be successful our last four games,” Coccoli said. “We are going to evaluate some things offensively and go from there.”

Next for the Warriors is a game at Great Bridge at 7 p.m. Oct. 14.