Saints improve to 3-0

Published 9:32 pm Monday, September 10, 2018

A short week didn’t faze Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s football team as they went on to improve their record to 3-0 on Saturday.

Last week the Saints had to play two games within five days and were able to come out 2-0 on the week. Saturday the Saints hosted Christchurch School in which they dominated 41-6.

“We had every built-in excuse coming into the week,” coach Mike Biehl said. “We easily could have used our situation as a crutch, but we used it as motivation. We have the makings of a special group. These guys are able to put their head down and just focus on what’s in front of them.”

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Even though the Saints won big, they still left the field Saturday feeling like they left plays out there. However, the Saints were able to control the tempo of the game and make plays when needed.

“It’s the same story a different week with us,” coach Mike Biehl said. “We are fired up that we have set a goal for each week and we can fulfill that goal and feel good about it.”

George Pettaway had another special day on the ground posting 194 rushing yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns.

Ben Koppelman added 57 yards on five carries, Ehron Knight added a receiving and rushing touchdown and Jaden Freeman added a rushing touchdown. Ian McAninley added 140 yards passing with a touchdown. NSA’s offensive line managed to open up holes in the running game to give the team the opportunity for an average of 13.7 yards a carry.

“Those guys up front are starting to gel,” Biehl said. “George is a special guy and when our guys up front give him a hole he can do some great things. Ben did a good job complimenting and our first-year players like Will, Seth and Jaden to name a few are really coming along.”

NSA is currently scheduled to take on Isle of Wight Academy on Friday, but will likely be rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence.

With 3-0 being the best start under Biehl’s direction, he is confident his players will continue to see things one step at a time instead of looking ahead.

“A lot of these guys have been here with me since I’ve been here, and they know what to expect,” Biehl said. “That makes it easier on me with the guy’s approach and everything. We just want to continue making steps week in and week out.”