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Seahorses win opener, 21-0

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There are a lot of hands around the football but Christchurch School wide receiver James Ford (above) was able to haul in this pass from Seahorse quarterback Taylor Byrd in last Saturday’s 21-0 win over Virginia Episcopal School (VES). Hidden behind Ford is a VES defender. (Photo by Tom Hardin)

Christchurch School overcame 17 penalties in its season opener Saturday to down Virginia Episcopal School 21-0 at Dischinger Field at CCS.

The Seahorses broke open a scoreless game with three second half touchdowns. Quarterback Taylor Byrd scored on a one-yard run in the third quarter, Carlos Gray scored on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter and Pat Young scampered 10 yards for the final TD late in the game. Young also added the extra point kicks after each score.

Christchurch was led by Shane Jones who rushed for 187 yards on 13 rushes behind a big, strong Seahorse offensive line. Cool Battle added 76 yards on 11 carries, James Ford had 56 yards on only 4 carries, and Young added 46 yards on 6 rushes.

The margin of victory would have been much larger in not for CCS penalties. The Seahorses had three TDs called back due to penalties.

Byrd did a good job directing the CCS offense and completed one pass to Ford, who fought off a VES defender to make a juggling 26-yard reception.

The CCS defense was led by Jeff Williams with 10 tackles, Ford with 6 tackles and an interception, David Brackett with 5 tackles and a sack, battle with 4 tackles, 2 pass break-ups, and an interception, Collin Brooke with 5 tackles and a sack, Ben Heckman and Barrington Alston with 5 tackles apiece, Win Homer with 3 tackles and a sack, and Josh Lovell with 3 tackles, a sack and a pass break-up.

“Our team played with much enthusiasm and aggressiveness, despite so many kids having to play both ways,” said CCS coach Ed Homer.

Homer praised the way Byrd directed the offense, the play of the offensive and defensive lines, the punting of Lovell, and the running of Battle, who “was like a freight train on offense.”

The Seahorses play at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond at 4:30 p.m. today, September 17. 

posted 09.16.2009

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