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NEWPORT NEWS — The numbers were just too great for Hampton Roads Academy on Friday night, as Nansemond-Suffolk broke open a four-point game in the second half to end the Navigators’ season with a 51-22 loss at Lester Grace Field.
HRA (2-8) dressed just 16 players for the TCIS contest, with a pair of senior starters not dressing. The Saints (4-6) dressed more than double that number, but still had trouble putting away their hosts in the first half.
Playing without its regular punter and center, HRA had two kicks partially blocked in the first quarter and three snaps hitting turf before quarterback Kahleef Jimmison could pounce on the ball in the first half.
Jimmison still put on a show in the first half. The sophomore quarterback completed 4 of 6 passes for 131 yards, and rushed for 50 yards despite the lost yardage on the bad snaps. He scored the game’s first touchdown from the 6 The 70-yard drive was highlighted by three pass completions. Two went to senior Devone Humphrey, including an incredible circus catch for a 30-yard gain.
It took N-SA less than a minute to counter. Without their regular placekicker, the Navigators’ kickoff only got as far as the Saints’ 47 One play later, Robby Tew threw the first of his five touchdown passes, this one 51 yards to Ehron Knight. Before the second quarter was two minutes old, Tew had also struck with TD tosses of 12 yards to Erek Smith and 28 yards to Keshaun Moore.
Jimmison and Humphrey combined for a 65-yard touchdown to close the gap to 20-14, and the teams traded scores before halftime, with N-SA leading 26-22.
That would be as close as the outmanned HRA would come. as Tew added 89 passing yards to the 148 he had in the first half for a total of 237. Two of those passes went for 6-pointers to Knight, and Shuan Faulk added his second rushing TD.
Individually, Faulk led all rushers with 168 yards on 13 carries, 117 of the yards after intermission.
Remarkably, Jimmison amassed 141 rushing yards on 39 carries despite being thrown for 93 yards in losses. Humphrey, who played more wide-out than running back, as he was the previous week in victory, caught 5 passes for 153 of HRA’s 172 yards through the air.
Submitted by Alan Hirsch
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