Bishop offense checkmates Saints

Published 10:42 am Saturday, October 2, 2010

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s Ryan May rushed for 129 yards and returned four kickoffs for an average of 31.3 yards Friday night. -- ANDREW GIERMAK | SUFFOLK NEWS-HERALD


SUFFOLK—Virginia Episcopal quarterback Daniel Alexander put the ball in the air 33 times Friday night at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, but Alexander’s running with the ball hurt the Saints as the visiting Bishops avenged a loss last year to NSA with a 28-10 win.

Alexander completed 19 passes for 221 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He scored on runs of 39, 1 and 15 yards for three of the four Bishop touchdowns.

Ryan May was NSA’s only steady source for yardage on the night. The senior carried 19 times for 129 yards.

A 33-yard sweep by May, out from the NSA 6, sparked a Saint drive in the second quarter. The Saints reached the VES 33. Bobby Lamm booted a 50-yard field goal. It was the second straight game with a 50-yarder by Lamm.

The Bishops answered with seven, however. Alexander scrambled away from NSA pressure in the pocket and went cleanly down the left sideline for a 39-yard scoring run with 1:01 left in the half.

The Bishops made it 21-3 late in the third quarter. Going mostly through the air, the Bishops covered 80 yards in eight plays, ending with a sneak by Alexander.

Lennon came on at quarterback on the ensuing NSA possession. Led by three May rushes for 47 yards, the Saints scored with fullback Thomas Westfall going in on a 2-yard carry with 1:13 left in the third period.

Trying to cut into the 21-10 margin, NSA regained the ball midway through the fourth quarter, but the Bishops held NSA on downs inside Saint territory. A few plays later, Alexander’s third touchdown run completed the scoring.

Lennon was 4-for-6 passing for 35 yards and he had an interception on the defensive side. Freshman linebacker Jack Russell had two tackles for loss and a sack. Eighth-grade defensive tackle David Gough made two tackles for loss.

Jones was Alexander’s favorite receiver, catching seven passes for 146 yards.

NSA (1-4) hosts Portsmouth Christian next Friday at 7 p.m.