CCS downs Blue Ridge
|Christchurch’s Braeden Rosell (#28) of Gloucester and Tristan Taylor (#56) of Cologne put the crunch on a Blue Ridge ball carrier.|
On October 16 Christchurch hosted #1-ranked Blue Ridge School and defeated the Barons 19-6 to take the number one spot in the VISFA Division II standings.
However, on October 20, the Fighting Seahorses lost their top rank to Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond. The Titans came from behind to defeat Christchurch when Bill Patton capped off a 58-yard drive with a six-yard run. Quarterback Abraham Ferrell-Logan ran in the PAT conversion to give Trinity a 29-26 lead they would not relinquish.
The October 16 game was unique, because the Blue Ridge’s Great Journeys Immersion Trip meant the game was played on a Tuesday rather than over the weekend.
Christchurch scored in the first quarter when Jordan Wallace capped a 72-yard drive with a one-yard burst into the end zone. Davis Horbal kicked the PAT to give the Horses a 7-0 lead.
The Barons had been averaging over 33 points per game but the Seahorse defense, led by the tackling of Parker Byrd and Brendan Cole and the pass coverage of Ashby Lewis, limited the Barons to one score.
In the second quarter, Horbal caught a perfect ball from QB Alex Girvan in the front corner of the end zone to score untouched. That 76-yard drive featured a 34-yard run by Wallace, who finished the day with 225 yards on 34 carries. The conversion run failed, leaving CCS with a 13-0 lead.
The second quarter score for Blue Ridge came off a Tristan Allen pass of 38 yards to Tyler Cole.
After a tight third quarter, Christchurch got the chance to extend the lead early in the fourth quarter. Girvan called his own number, scoring from two yards out to cap a 60-yard drive and give CCS a 19-6 lead.
The conversion run failed, giving the ball back to the Barons with a chance to make a statement. However, Cole made the statement, picking off an Allen pass, and giving the ball back to Christchurch. The Barons had one more shot at scoring, but the Seahorse defense held, and CCS took the 19-6 win and first place spot.
The Titans brought a five-game winning streak to their home field, and their confidence and rest paid off.
Christchurch tailback Jordan Wallace, battling illness, was once again a workhorse. He rushed 28 times for 169 yard,s bringing his total for the week to 394 yards. Like many of the Seahorses, he simply ran out of gas in the fourth quarter, fumbling at midfield as Christchurch was driving and down by 3 points.
All three teams might see each other again as they now hold the top three spots in VISFA Division II. Christchurch goes to Charlottesville to play St. Anne’s Belfield this Friday, October 26, and then finishes the regular season at Virginia Episcopal School on Friday, November 3.