Warriors take down Bruins for fourth win

Published 9:49 pm Monday, October 15, 2018

The Warriors moved to 4-3 on Saturday afternoon with a win against Western Branch High School.

Nansemond River High School got a 28-3 win over the Bruins. The win gave the Warriors some confidence after a bad loss against Oscar Smith High School.

Coach Justin Conyers made his return back to the sidelines of Western Branch, but instead, he was on the visitor’s side. It was his ten-year high school reunion. Conyers played football at Western Branch, where he started at linebacker for four years. Immediately after high school, he got his first coaching stint there. Conyers was excited about the opportunity to defeat his former school.

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“It was weird,” Conyers joked about his return. “You’re definitely stuck between a rock and a hard place. I told the kids I’m a Warrior now. I wanted to focus on them, so they knew the moment was about them and not about me.”

The Warriors spoiled Western Branch’s homecoming with the team back to its usual rushing ways. Quijoun Gordon had a giant game for the Warriors, as he scored two touchdowns and had two interceptions. JaQuelle Harrell and George Wise also added scores.

“We started off a little rocky, but we finished out strong,” Conyers said. “The most important thing is we got the win. We want to continue to play consistent football and build off of these wins.”

At 4-3, the Warriors believe everything they want to accomplish is still in front of them. They want to be able to win out and have a chance at winning a second consecutive regional title. The Warriors know the most important thing to maintaining that goal is health. When the power rating come out for the week, the Warriors could either remain where they are or move up. If the playoffs started this week, NRHS should have at least one home playoff game.

“We have to stay healthy, and we have to keep getting better,” Conyers said. “Our main goal right now is to win out. But we have some tough teams to get ready for these last few weeks.”

Nansemond River will now turn their focus to Deep Creek High School. They will be back home this Friday for the matchup. Deep Creek only has two losses on the year and defeated Nansemond River 28-7 last season.