After a one-year hiatus from the VHSL State Football Championship playoffs, the Appomattox Raiders navigated through early-season stormy seas to earn a trip back to more familiar waters. With a 35-14 win Friday night over the Gretna Hawks, Appomattox earned the 2019 Region 2C Championship for the fourth time in five seasons.
The win was also the 10th straight for Appomattox after beginning the season with a 1-2 record.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, at a time yet to be determined, Appomattox (11-2) will host the VHSL Class 2 State Semifinals against the winner of Saturday's clash between Region 2D finalists Graham (10-2) and Central-Wise (10-2), which begins at 2 p.m. in Bluefield.
The Raiders maintained a strong ground attack throughout the night against Gretna, with senior workhorse running back Cristian Ferguson muscling his way into the end zone for two of the team's first three touchdowns to go up 21-0 early in the second half.
Also scoring for Appomattox were Tre Lawing on a 1-yard quarterback sneak on the opening drive, Tez Booker on a fourth quarter interception return, and Daton Megginson on a touchdown reception less than five minutes later.
Despite six trips into Raiders territory, the Hawks failed to capitalize on their opportunities and were unable to score until late in the fourth quarter on a kickoff return touchdown by Dominick Meeks to reduce the lead to 35-7.
With 3:26 to play, Gretna found the end zone again on a Daelyn Miller touchdown run, but there wasn't enough time left on the scoreboard to make a serious comeback attempt.
Read all about it in the Dec. 4 edition of the Times Virginian.