The 2015 Nansemond-Suffolk Academy football team helped Lew Johnston become a first-time state champion head coach in the final game of his storied career, and on National Signing Day, it yielded another perfect moment at the end of his tenure.
Saints linebacker/running back Cole Christiansen, running back/defensive back Noah Giles and linebacker/running back Daniel Griffith signed to play football at the NCAA Division I level. Griffith will be a preferred walk-on at Virginia Tech, Christiansen is officially committed to play for the United States Military Academy at West Point and Giles is set to play for the College of William & Mary.
“With a state championship and three guys signing Division I — again, the storybook ending,” Johnston said. “I guess this is the postscript, so it is really exciting. I’m just so happy for the three of them — not just great football players but great young men. That makes it extra special.”
A large group of family, classmates, coaches, teachers and administrators gathered in Nansemond-Suffolk’s upper school gym to watch the trio sign.
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