Saints look to get to 4-0

Published 7:44 pm Friday, September 14, 2018

The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy football team has a chance to go to 4-0 against Isle of Wight Academy at 6 p.m. Monday.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy (3-0) at Isle of Wight Academy (2-1)

The Saints are in the midst of their best start under Coach Mike Biehl at 3-0. That streak has a chance of continuing Monday when the Saints head on the road for the first time this season.

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Hurricane Florence caused the game against Isle of Wight Academy to be rescheduled to Monday. That means the Saints will once again play two games in a five-day span as they did a little less than a week ago.

“You hate having to put your guys in a situation where they have to play with less recovery,” Biehl said. “But knowing we have done this once is good. I think we approached it the right way. I don’t like it, but we will definitely put our guys in the best position possible.”

NSA didn’t have much practice last week, but Biehl is confident in his team’s ability to be ready. The teams had a close matchup last season, with NSA escaping with a 35-34 win. IWA actually had a 34-14 lead over the Saints after three quarters, but a 21-point fourth-quarter comeback effort helped the Saints win.

Without much practice, Biehl believes it comes down to believing in what you’ve taught the team up to that point.

“How you’ve taught your system and both sides of the ball will be crucial,” Biehl said. “Most likely the game plan will be minimal and you’re going to ask your guys to do what they’re most comfortable with. At 3-0, we kind of know who we are and what we want to be.”

The Saints will have to match the toughness IWA will bring at home. The name of the game will be stopping the run. NSA knows everything starts up front with them, so they will have to contain the run.

Offensively, the Saints want to continue to run the ball and be efficient getting the ball to its playmakers. In the game against Christchurch, the team had an average of 13.7 yards a carry.

The 4-0 record is a possibility after Monday, but Biehl doesn’t pay it too much mind. He is fortunate that his team is able to be in a position where they are right now. He continues to look at things one game at a time and that won’t change.

After playing IWA Monday, NSA is expected to play Portsmouth Christian School Friday on the road.