Heritage routs Appomattox 52-14 on rainy night

The rainfall in Lynchburg was slow but steady for the high school football matchup between Appomattox and Heritage on a night when the Pioneers rained down 52 points on the visiting Raiders for a 52-14 victory. 

Appomattox played from behind the entire night after Heritage jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead on touchdown runs by running backs K.J. Vaughan and Krystian Rivera. 

Down 21-0 at halftime, the Raiders emerged from the locker room with a surge of energy to score on the opening drive of the second half on a touchdown run by Keyshawn Baker, cutting the deficit to 21-7. 

However, Heritage disrupted the Raiders' party on the next possession on a touchdown pass down the left sideline for a 28-7 advantage. 

Appomattox would not score again until 2:11 remained in the game when Tyler Gilliam returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Gilliam was a playmaker for Appomattox tonight with several long returns on special teams. 

Heritage improved their record to 2-1 and travels to Liberty (1-2) in Bedford next Friday. 

Appomattox (1-2) has a bye week upcoming and continues play Sept. 27 at home against Staunton River (1-2).