The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy football team worked quickly to put Friday night’s game against visiting Hampton Roads Academy out of reach. The Saints took an early 24-0 lead on their way to defeating the Navigators 38-8. The win allowed NSA to wrap up the No. 2 seed in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II rankings, giving the Saints home field advantage for next week’s state semifinal game.
“We did what we needed to do,” Nansemond-Suffolk coach Lew Johnston said. “We got Noah (Giles) the record, and we started pulling starters in the first quarter.”
The record Johnston referred to was the NSA regular season rushing record. Prior to Friday night, the high mark for a single regular season had been 1,775 yards, set by Danny Holly in 1980. With a little under 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter, Giles took a hand-off and ran the ball 48 yards for a touchdown, eclipsing Holly’s total.
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