Seahorses open grid season Saturday
by Jonathan Bennett ’10
On Saturday, August 30, the Fighting Seahorses of Christchurch School traveled to Richmond to scrimmage the Cougars of Collegiate.
Despite leading for most of the scrimmage, Christchurch ended up losing 20-14 on the last play of the game. Collegiate connected on a 27-yard touchdown pass to rally for the win.
Even though Christchurch lost, the team played with great intensity and exhibited many bright spots, one of which was the overall effectiveness of the running game, both from the running backs and from the blocking of the offensive line.
On several occasions throughout the scrimmage, the offensive line created huge holes, many times resulting in big gains by the CCS running backs. Both of Christchurch’s touchdowns were running plays over 20 yards—the longest was a 66-yard run by senior TJ Williams, and the other was a 27-yard run by senior running back/wide receiver Trent Joyner.
The defense also did well with great pursuit to the football. The Fighting Seahorses shut down the running game of Collegiate, allowing the Cougars to gain yards only by passing or scrambling runs by the quarterback. The only significant running play made by the Cougars was a quarterback scramble that went for a touchdown.
Despite giving up two passing touchdowns, the defensive backfield covered the Collegiate receivers most of the game, either making the extra effort to knock down passes or making big hits when receivers caught the football.
Overall, the Fighting Seahorses showed great potential for the regular season, taking a very good Collegiate team all the way to the last play of the game.
As with every game, there were areas to improve upon but the Seahorses should handle their tough regular season schedule. Christchurch will open regular season play this Saturday, September 6, at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg.
The Seahorses’ home opener is at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 12, against St. Christopher’s School.