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Christchurch football loses to Fork Union

Christchurch visited Fork Union Military Academy Friday for a test of their mettle, and came away stronger for the effort.  The Blue Devils are a consistent VISFA D1 power and this will most likely prove no different.  The 21-7 loss drops CCS out of the lead in D2, but the Seahorses came away with some confidence that they can hold their own against a bigger, faster team with twice the number of players.

FUMA coach Micky Sullivan is in his 29th and final season as the Blue Devil’s head coach.  The 41-year veteran of high school coaching helped found the VISFA over 20 years ago, and has won eight state championships.  This year, FUMA opened the season against Hermitage High School in a nationally televised game.  Since their early loss, FUMA has now won three straight games and is poised to return to the D1 playoffs in November.  Prior to their final home game of the year on November 3, Fork Union will honor Coach Sullivan and his family in a ceremony commemorating his success and service to the Fork Union family.

ESPN and Under Armour formally introduced FUMA quarterback Christian Hackenberg as a 2012 All-America Bowl player in December.  The 6’5” 220 pounder is committed to Penn State.  He had success throwing to a variety of receivers Friday, but the Seahorses gave FUMA a good test, giving up just one touchdown pass, a six-yard pass to Austin Stone late in the fourth quarter, when both teams had begun to get reserves in the game.

FUMA struck first when Isaiah Wright took a Davis Horbal punt 76 yards for a touchdown.  However, the Christchurch defense of coordinator Keith Bloom kept the Blue Devils on their heels with both man and zone blitzing, and so the game was primarily a defensive battle. FUMA scored once again in the second quarter on a 41-yard run by Jeremy Bell.

In the third quarter, two CCS captains hooked up when Alex Girvan hit wide-out Ashby Lewis on a 35-yard strike.  Duncan Morris hit the conversion kick to bring CCS within a touchdown of Fork Union.  FUMA’s late TD put the game away however, handing Christchurch their first loss in 14 games.

Girvan was ten of sixteen for 71 yards and a score, but the pressure from the Blue Devils’ front resulted in Girvan’s first two interceptions on the year.  Brendan Cole had four catches for 20 yards, and Braeden Rosell had two catches for eight yards.

Brendan McCarthy was a standout contributor on the Christchurch defense with three tackles, two pass break-ups, and a hurry and hit on the QB that resulted in Hackenberg having to leave the game for a time.  Senior captain Davis Horbal was not only solid on defense with four tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble, but his punting was very solid as well, with six punts averaging 35 yards.

posted 09.25.2012

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