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11 selected All-State for Saints

The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy football team had 11 players selected to the All-State teams.

After a slow start to the year, NSA finished the second half of its season strong. The Saints almost put themselves in position to make a playoff run but fell just short of their goal. Regardless of the outcome of the season, there were some strong individual performances throughout the year for the Saints. It was evident by the 11 selections they totaled on the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II All-State teams.

The Saints had five first team All-State selections. George Pettaway and Jaden Freeman headlined the first team at running back and safety, respectively. Griffin Duggan was a first team All-State selection at offensive lineman, while Drew Bergeron got the nod at punter. Adam Soper was a first team selection at linebacker, while Bergeron also made the first team as defensive back.

“I am honored to be selected All-State,” Bergeron said. “It is all thanks to my teammates and coaches. It was a group effort and I couldn’t have done it without them. We went through a lot of adversity as a team this season and unfortunately things didn’t go the way we wanted them to, but it was awesome to see the bond we created.”

“I feel good about making it, knowing it was something I wanted to accomplish coming into the season,” Freeman said. “Now it’s just continuing to build on it for next season. For as many of us to get recognized, it just shows the hard work and dedication that we all put in all season as a team.”

Seniors Ian McAninley and Mason Rhodes were selected second team All-State on offense. On defense, Caleb Evans and David Russell were selected second team defensive lineman while Kemauri Spencer was selected at linebacker and Simon Dowd was selected a second team kicker.

NSA was able to get some very good production out of players competing in their first year, which Coach Mike Biehl mentioned was a testament to how hard they worked and grasped things. The Saints return a solid core next season and will look to bounce back.