Saints make it two in a row

Published 7:58 pm Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Saints football team got its second win of the season after a shootout against Portsmouth Christian School at home Friday night.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s football team has now won two games in a row. This is the first time the Saints have won consecutive games under coach Mike Biehl’s direction.  Portsmouth Christian came into the NSA game with a 2-1 record and a potent offense. But NSA wanted to make sure they matched whatever offensive performance Portsmouth Christian decided to display Friday night, and they did that with a 50-43 victory.

NSA and Portsmouth were tied at 14 after one quarter. NSA got things started on the scoreboard after a 64-yard touchdown pass from Robby Tew to Ehron Knight. Portsmouth scored 14 points after that, and NSA scored to close out the quarter.

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The Patriots owned the second quarter, as they scored 14 points to the Saints’ seven. At halftime, Portsmouth Christian held a 28-21 lead. In the third quarter, NSA exploded for two 50-plus-yard touchdown while mostly holding Portsmouth in check.

The fourth quarter proved to be NSA’s most productive quarter. An 11-yard run from Ben Koppelman and Zac Morris’ third touchdown of the night put Portsmouth Christian away and gave NSA their second win of the season.

NSA had four touchdowns of 50-plus yards. Robby Tew tossed five touchdowns, and Morris caught three of those five. Knight’s two touchdown passes came on 64- and 65-yard passes.

“It was a good one. It was another crazy one for us,” Biehl said. “It was a battle. It came down to which defenses were going to make a stop first. Luckily our team was able to make more plays than they did. My hats are off to them.”

Biehl feels that his offense has the talent and firepower to win a shootout with a team as they did Friday night.

“The offense is starting to click, and we are trying to get even better from here,” Biehl said.

NSA is now 2-3.

Nansemond-Suffolk 50, Portsmouth Christian 43

Portsmouth Christian 14 14 7 8 — 43

Nansemond-Suffolk 14 7 14 15 — 50

NSA—Knight 64 from Tew (kick good)

PC-James 17 pass from Baker (Sabellico kick)

PC-James 10 pass from Baker (Sabellico kick)

NSA-Morris 77 pass Tew (Morris kick)

PC-James 21 yards Baker ( Sabellico kick)

NSA-Morris 9 pass from Tew (Morris kick)

PC-Gray 12 run (Sabellico kick)

PC-Gray 8 run. (Sabellico kick)

NSA-Taylor 58 run (Morris kick)

NSA-Knight 65 pass from Tew (Morris kick)

NSA-Koppelman 11 run (Morris run)

PC-James from Baker (Baker run)

NSA-Morris from Tew (Morris kick)