Appomattox back in the saddle with win over Staunton River

Two weeks after a 52-14 turnover-filled drubbing at the hands of the Heritage Pioneers, the Appomattox Raiders varsity football team got back in the saddle Friday night with a 45-7 win over the Staunton River Golden Eagles. 

The Raiders scored early and often, putting up 21 points in the first quarter alone. 

Running back Cristian Ferguson dominated the Raiders' first drive with several big runs to give his team ball possession at the Golden Eagles' 5-yard line. Ferguson then plowed his way into the end zone for the first score of the game. 

Just over halfway into the first quarter, wide receiver Jonathan Pennix caught a pass from Tre Lawing inside the 5-yard line on a post pattern and stretched the ball over the goal line as he was tackled to put Appomattox ahead 14-0. 

Ferguson took another carry up the middle with 22 seconds left in the quarter to build a sizable 21-0 advantage. 

Tevin Hurt, Tyler Gilliam and Ferguson added touchdown receptions, and Samuele Bianco added a third-quarter field goal to wrap up the Raiders scoring. 

The Golden Eagles' lone score came on a pitchout running play from Lucas Overstreet to Aiden Brown early in the fourth quarter.

Appomattox (2-2) hosts Altavista on Friday, Oct. 4, which is Homecoming Night.

Staunton River falls to 1-4 on the year and has a week off before hosting Franklin County for their Homecoming game.  

For the rest of the story, see the Oct. 2 edition of the Times Virginian.