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Saints blank Seahorses 17-0

Christchurch School running back T.J. Williams is hounded by St. Christopher’s School defenders in Friday’s game at Christchurch.The Seahorses lost 17-0 and Williams injured his ankle in the game. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Jonathan Bennett ‘10

On Friday, September 12, the Christchurch School Fighting Seahorses lost their home opener 17-0 against St. Christopher’s School of Richmond.

The defenses of both teams set the tempo. Injuries took out Christchurch players on key plays, which was a huge factor in why the Seahorses didn’t score.

The CCS defense was led by junior safety Shane Jones (Toano) with 10 tackles. Junior defensive lineman Josh Lovell (Gloucester) had 9 tackles and one tackle for a loss of 2 yards. Junior defensive lineman David Brackett (Ahoskie, N.C.) had 8 tackles.

One huge defensive stand by Christchurch was on St. Christopher’s second drive of the game when they threatened near the goal line. However, the Seahorses’ defense tightened and held the Saints to only a field goal.

Christchurch’s defense really held the Saints for the whole game with just a few slip-ups, which led to touchdowns.

The Christchurch offense did have some bright spots. Quarterback Taylor Byrd (Gloucester) played an excellent game, completing 8 of 10 passes for 86 yards. The offensive line gave Byrd good pass protection.

Running back TJ Williams, despite getting injured in the first quarter, led the team in rushing with 83 yards. On the second drive of the game Williams ran for 54 yards.

Christchurch was led in receiving by junior tight end Josh Lovell with 3 receptions for 27 yards and senior wide receiver Noble Cunningham (Washington, D.C.) had 2 receptions for 39 yards.

Overall, Christchurch played a good football game and continues to show improvement in play, said coach Ed Homer. The defense is hard-hitting and flies to the football. The offense continues to run the ball well and has good receivers and tight ends.

Christchurch’s next game is Saturday, September 20, at home against Benedictine of Richmond.

posted 09.18.2008

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