Christchurch Falls to Blue Ridge
The Fighting Seahorses lost to Blue Ridge School in St. George, VA Saturday to finish the season at #4 in the VISFA D2 standings. Blue Ridge will host Nansemond Suffolk Academy (#4 NSA beat #1 Trinity Episcopal 41-21 on Saturday to advance to the finals) in the finals next Saturday.
Christchurch drove on Blue Ridge in the first quarter, with QB Alex Girvan hitting Ashby Lewis and Brendan Cole for first down throws. Girvan was intercepted deep in the Barons’ red zone however, and Darryl Smith ran the pick all the way back for a touchdown.
Christchurch rallied and drove once again, scoring on a six-yard run by Jordan Wallace as the first quarter came to a close. Christchurch scored once again in the first half when Girvan hit Cole for a four-yard TD pass, and Davis Horbal connected on the PAT kick, putting Christchurch up 13-7 at halftime.
The second half was tough on the CCS offense, wherein the Seahorses gained just three first downs, and the Blue Ridge running game was hitting on all cylinders. The game was somewhat of a role reversal for the two teams, as CCS had put a running beat-down on the Barons during the regular season when they faced off at Christchurch.
Girvan finished the day eleven completions and 129 yards. Wallace led the CCS rushing game with 52 yards. Defensively, Parker Byrd led the way with ten tackles, while Wyatt Wood had eight tackles. This Seahorse team is the sixth in the past nine years to make it to the state playoffs, and this year was especially important. With just four full-time starters returning, this year’s seniors had a difficult leadership task. They did a tremendous job, helping a young team to develop quickly. Captains Davis Horbal, Alex Girvan, and Ashby Lewis led the way. Senior Mac Wood played offensive line for four years and was the anchor around which CCS built the 2012 crew. Seniors Dylan Norwood and Parker Byrd joined Wood, to make up the center of the line that helped make Jordan Wallace the leading rusher in the ODFC.
Other seniors leading Christchurch this year were Calvin Strong and Brendan Cole. Both played defensive back and every receiver position on the offense. Strong spread his influence to quarterback this year while Cole ended up at both offensive and defensive line. Both are two-sport stars at Christchurch School, football being their second sport. Wallace and Girvan were clearly the offensive leaders statistically, and both hope to take their talents to the Ivy League in 2013. Wallace is a top recruit at Cornell University and Girvan at Columbia. Collectively, they scored 20 touchdowns.