Seahorses deck Blue Ridge
|Seahorse seniors celebrate a win in their final game on Dischinger Field at Christchurch School. On front row,from left, are Zach Hijjawi, Noble Cunningham, TJ Williams, Trent Joyner, Blake Atwell and Travis Collins; back row, Murray Seabrook, Sam Miller, Hunter Meakin, Jake Peterson, Turner Humphries and Kevin Miltz.|
by Jonathan Bennett ‘10
Last Saturday afternoon during Homecoming Weekend at Christchurch School, the Fighting Seahorses football team held on for a 19-14 win over the Barons of Blue Ridge School.
With just over a minute to play, a defensive stand by Christchurch stopped rival Blue Ridge in four-down territory at the Christchurch 11 yard line.
Offensively, the Seahorses controlled the ball with long drives that ate up the clock and put points on the scoreboard.
The Seahorses’ first offensive touchdown was a one-yard rush by freshman quarterback James Ford (Hopewell) after a long drive.
Junior running back Shane Jones (Toano) led the team in rushing with 71 yards on 18 carries.
The Christchurch offensive line played a physical game, and the defensive line dominated the Barons and tallied three tackles for losses, a sack, and two fumbles.
The first fumble caused by the Seahorses was returned 50 yards by junior defensive end Josh Lovell (Gloucester) for a touchdown. This first quarter play ignited the Christchurch sideline and helped the Seahorses play with high intensity.
Christchurch was led in tackles by junior linebacker Collin Brooke (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with seven tackles.
Senior cornerback Noble Cunningham (Washington, D.C.) also played an excellent game, and was credited with three tackles and an interception. In addition, Cunningham returned a bad Blue Ridge punt 12 yards for a touchdown.
Christchurch will travel to Richmond to play Trinity Episcopal School on Friday, October 17.