One week after having their hats handed to them, so to speak, by Buckingham in a 27-6 season-opening loss, the Appomattox Raiders bounced back with a spirited 17-0 shutout of Rustburg.
It was the home opener for Appomattox, who drew a nearly-packed stadium crowd.
Tez Booker of Appomattox hauled in a deep pass from Tre Lawing for a touchdown just over four minutes into the game to go up 7-0.
In the second quarter, an Appomattox drive to Rustburg's 2-yard line was pushed back on a fumble by Cristian Ferguson, who mishandled a toss by Lawing. Appomattox maintained possession for a field goal by Samuele Bianco and a 10-0 lead.
Lawing put up the final Raiders' points on a strong up-the-middle quarterback sneak standing up from the 1-yard line with 3:21 left in the third quarter.
The Raiders' play at the line of scrimmage improved over last week, and linebackers Keyshawn Baker and Tevin Hurt made key tackles along the perimeter of Rustburg's line to stall drives.
Appomattox (1-1) will face Heritage on Sept. 13 at City Stadium in Lynchburg.
For the rest of the story, see the Sept. 11 edition of the Times Virginian.