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Seahorses win home opener; host R-MA Saturday afternoon

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As Christchurch School’s Sebastian McGill (#5) leads the blocking, teammate ball carrier Jamar Darboe escapes a tackle attempt by several Nansemond-Suffolk defenders. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

Christchurch School (CCS) came off a week-one defeat at the Covenant School (26-20) in Charlottesville with a need to improve on the offensive and defensive lines. The Seahorses have experience at all the ball-carrying positions, but returned just two starters on the lines. On Saturday, both lines came through with a strong effort and CCS gained their first win of the 2017 season, defeating the Saints of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 32-27.

Leading the line are seniors Bob Kabonero (Rockville, Md.) and John Mahaney (Huntington, W.Va.). Both young men have been helping lead and coach up the young guys on the line since preseason began and their patience and leadership bore fruit over the weekend, said Seahorse coach Ed Homer. 

Quarterback Steven Stilianos (Gloucester) did not suffer a sack on Saturday. Sophomore Blake Ryder (Newport News), Kobe Scales (Gloucester), Barron Cohen (Fredericksburg), and juniors Flannery Pope (Tappahannock) and Long Pham (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) round out the crew up front for the Christchurch offense.

Stilianos led Saturday’s win on offense with 127 yards rushing on 18 carries. Jamar Darboe (Kinston, N.C.), Peyton Ryder (Newport News), and Sebastian McGill (Virginia Beach) all pitched in with strong running and blocking games. Together, the group of experienced runners gained 154 yards rushing, and they did it in “ground and pound fashion,” said coach Homer. The speed of Jaylyn Kreimes (Sharps) with two returns for 48 yards and a crucial first down sweep of 11 yards, added to the total.

With an even 1-1 record, Christchurch will host Randolph-Macon Academy at 2 p.m. this Saturday, September 16. 

Admission is free.

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posted 09.13.2017

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