The Appomattox Raiders football team and their avid fan base, otherwise known as "Raider Nation," is in a festive mood tonight after coming out of the much-anticipated Dogwood District showdown at Gretna with a 21-7 win.
All three touchdowns by energetic Appomattox were scored on the ground. Cristian Ferguson followed his own first quarter run to the Gretna 7-yard line with a touchdown run off left guard, thanks to an open hole in the Hawks' interior defense created by the offensive line.
Quarterback Tre Lawing muscled his way through an attempted tackle at the goal line early in the second quarter to widen the Raiders lead to 14-0.
Ferguson set up the Raiders' final scoring drive of the night on the opening kickoff of the second half, giving his team good field position at Gretna's 46-yard-line. Later in the drive, Ferguson plowed his way to the 12-yard-line before Keyshawn Baker capped the drive with a 5-yard run into the end zone.
In large part due to a physical, swarming Appomattox defense, Gretna failed to score until 1:35 remained in the contest on a touchdown run by quarterback Tabron Mabins.
Gretna falls to 4-2 on the seaon. Appomattox improves to 4-2 and is on a 3-game win streak after a sluggish September start at 1-2.
For further game coverage, see the Oct. 16 edition of the Times Virginian.