Seahorses rally for 27-26 victory
The Christchurch School (CCS) football team improved to 2-0 with a come from behind 27-26 win over Nansemond Suffolk Academy (NSA) Saturday.
CCS trailed 14-0 at halftime, but responded with 13 points in the third quarter and 14 more in the final period.
Quarterback Alex Girvan led the Seahorse offense, rushing for 84 yards and two touchdowns on 8 totes. Girvan also completed 5 of 9 passes for 119 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. His favorite target was Brendan Cole, who caught a couple of strikes for 64 yards and nearly scored on his second catch. Girvan also threw a 10-yard TD pass to Ashby Lewis to start the CCS comeback in the third quarter.
Jordan Wallace scored for CCS on a 9 yard run.
Girvan ran for a pair of touchdowns. In the fourth quarter, he ran a bootleg around the right end and over the final defender to tie the score at 26-26.
Seahorse senior kicker Duncan Morris was true when it counted. Morris’s first PAT attempt was blocked, but his next three were perfect. This set the tone for the exciting finish of the game.
With less than two minutes to go, the Saints trailed 27-20 and were driving toward the goal line trying to win back the lead. CCS had taken the lead with 6 minutes remaining and Morris had hit the crucial PAT, which put pressure on the Saints to convert.
With 90 seconds left, NSA scored and elected to go for a two-point conversion and the lead, instead of kicking the extra point for a tie. NSA had failed to convert on one other running attempt and had a PAT blocked.
Seahorse juniors Troy Thomas and Braeden Rosell stopped NSA fullback David Gough to preserve the 27-26 winning score.
NSA’s on-side kick attempt failed as senior Davis Horbal scooped it up and scrambled to the middle of the field, sliding to a halt with 1:25 on the clock. Three kneel downs by Girvan and the game was over.
On Saturday at 1 p.m., CCS plays Northcross School at a neutral site at St. Anne’s Belfield School in Charlottesville.