Warriors take homecoming game

Published 10:45 pm Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Nansemond River High School continues to roll after a 49-29 win over Great Bridge High School.

The Warriors are now in the midst of a three-game win streak with the homecoming win Monday night over Great Bridge. Originally the game was to be played last Friday, but due to weather, it was postponed.

Coach Justin Conyers liked watching his team put 49 points up on the board but felt like they could have held Great Bridge to much less.

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“Anytime you can get a win you’re always happy,” Conyers said. “We made a couple of mistakes we can’t make. It might have been due to being off our routine a bit, but anytime you can get a win is good.”

Big plays were the key to the Warriors getting their sixth win of the season. After one quarter of play, the Warriors had a 7-0 lead after a 13-yard run from Kori Riddick. In the second quarter, both teams added scored, but Rashaad Williams may have had the most exciting play of the quarter. He took a kickoff return 86 yards for a touchdown with 10:41 to go in the half, giving NRHS a 14-7 lead.

The Wildcats did not go away, however. With 9:46 left to play, GBHS got back on the board again. Nansemond River had the last score of the first half with JaQuelle Harrell scoring a rushing touchdown to retake the lead 21-14.

In the second half, Nansemond River continued its big-play night with Williams scoring a big touchdown in the third quarter. He took a rush for 80 yards, which was the second 80-plus-yard touchdown of the night. Harrell added another score, and Quijoun Gordon took a kickoff for 80 yards.

The Warriors had three explosive plays of at least 80 yards that went for touchdowns. A night like that could give Nansemond River even more momentum as they play two games in six days. The Warriors will have to quickly turn their attention to Grassfield High School for their season finale.

“Our focus is to work hard to continue to get back to where we were last year, which was regional champions,” Conyers said. “We have been treating every game like a playoff game, so we are already in playoff mode.”

At 6-3, the Warriors will go on the road to face Grassfield High School at 7 p.m. Friday.