Teams & Schedules
Our comprehensive athletic program features 27 sports and 72 interscholastic teams for grades 7 – 12. It’s an astonishing array of choices for a school our size, and one that reflects the school’s philosophy that athletic competition helps foster a healthy mind, body, and spirit. We believe there’s a team for every Bulldog. That’s why nearly every student participates in athletics at some point in their journey...and many play two or more seasons throughout their time at NA. Three-sport athletes are not a rarity here. Many of our teacher-coaches played in college, so they bring a depth of expertise and passion to the field of play. Our campus is bustling after the school day ends—from football, lacrosse, and track practices in Wynne-Darden Stadium, to practices on our tennis courts, gymnasiums, soccer fields, and indoor swimming pool. Everyone’s in motion.
The Norfolk Academy Football team improved to 2-0 with a dominant defensive performance against Catholic High School. The Bulldogs controlled the first half and leaned heavily on their defense in the second half to secure the shutout. Norfolk Academy was happy to rekindle the rivalry after not playing Catholic since 2015. Friday night was the first victory for the Bulldogs over Catholic since 2008.
Similar to last week’s game, the Bulldogs scored a touchdown on the opening drive to set the tone. David Smythe (Jr QB) ran the ball with confidence on a “power read” and a counter play for big gains. On the goal line, AJ Galiotos (Sr RB/LB) followed his offensive linemen who got great push up the middle for the first touchdown. Smythe’s kick split the uprights on the extra point to put the Bulldogs up 7-0. The Crusaders' first punt of the game was fielded cleanly by Ellis Stedfast (Sr WR/DB), who cut laterally across the field for a big return. On the next play, AJ Keels (Sr WR/DB) ran a sweep to his right and followed key blocks on the perimeter to squeeze his way into the end zone. With Smythe’s successful PAT, the Bulldogs quickly took a 14-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the Bulldogs converted a critical fourth down as Smythe rolled to his right and connected with Jack Elliott (Sr WR/DB) for a big gain on the sideline. Caleb Doyle (Soph RB/LB) ran off-tackle to get the ‘Dogs in scoring position and Smythe ran another counter play to plunge in for the touchdown. Doyle kicked the extra point to put Academy up 21-0. The Crusaders fought back and found success on the offensive side of the ball with designed QB runs and scrambles. However, the Bulldogs came up big on fourth down when Jack Elliott broke up a pass. Academy’s offensive line (Tyler O’Boyle, Max Pollio, Nate DeLorenzo, Grant Shaw and Keon Tavakoli) continued to open holes up front. Andrew Grubb (Soph RB/DB) took the handoff and bounced to the outside to get the ball down to the 2-yard line. A botched snap and an incompletion on fourth down resulted in a lost opportunity at the end of the half and the score held at 21-0 Bulldogs.
To begin the second half, the Crusaders moved the ball across midfield. Tyler O’Boyle (Sr OL/DL) had a key tackle for loss and Jackson Lopez (Sr TE/LB) made several stops on the drive. On another critical fourth down play, Trey Mills (Sr LB/TE) tipped a pass, causing an incompletion and turnover on downs. The Bulldog offense found itself off schedule after a costly penalty cancelled a big gain on a reverse. Academy’s defense responded again by forcing a three and out.
In the fourth quarter, Norfolk Academy turned the ball over on an interception. The defense responded to the sudden change situation and got a huge fourth-down sack by Lopez and Galiotos. The Bulldog offense continued to move the ball into the red zone, but a fumble gave the ball back to Catholic for its last possession of the game. Norfolk Academy’s reserve players relentlessly swarmed the football to earn the defense’s fourth fourth down stop of the game. The Bulldog offense lined up in victory formation and took a knee to end the contest. The final score locked in at 21-0 in favor of Norfolk Academy.
Once again, our players feel blessed to be playing the game they love with their friends. We treat every day that we are together as a gift. This “mini” football season has uniquely combined humility and enthusiasm.
This was our first game on the road and it rained steadily all night. Catholic is a tough football team and is well coached. I am most pleased with our intensity, physicality, and toughness. We were the more physical team that night and our linemen are the ones who set the tone from the beginning. Our defense was in attack mode all night and Catholic only had 105 total yards of offense. While we did lose the turnover battle, our defense came up big, forcing three three and outs and four fourth down stops.
It was great to play Catholic again. The rivalry is rooted in history and I am happy we are back on track as we look to strengthen TCIS football. Both teams played hard Friday night and the sportsmanship was positive all around.
As a coach, I have always been infatuated with the concept of team building. I enjoy studying what factors make a team great and conversely, what may lead to a team’s demise. This week, I am so pleased to say, we have solidified ourselves as a team. We have a team identity. We care about each other and we play for each other. We play with confidence. Our leadership is well established. Most importantly, our trust is at an all-time high. Our players trust each other. Our coaches trust the players. Our players trust the coaches. We are a team.
Next, we travel to Norfolk Christian for a Friday night 7:00 PM kickoff. It is our last game of this “mini” season and this is our last week together as a team. We will honor our seniors and we will continue our tradition of the Last 100 Yards Ceremony with senior parents on Thursday. The mission never changes; let’s be 1-0 this week!
Thank you for following us this season and supporting our team. Go ‘Dogs!