Raiders’ teamwork prevails over Radford, team advances to regional final

Appomattox jumped out to a 14-0 lead over Radford in their Region 2C Semifinal matchup last Friday at Bragg Stadium. And while the visiting Bobcats rallied to tie the score at 14 by the end of the first quarter, the No. 2 Raiders never trailed and instead steadily pulled away from their 3-seed opponents, finishing out the game with a 56-28 win and a trip to top-seed Glenvar this Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. for the Region 2C Championship. 

The game started an hour late, and temperatures dropped into the low thirties, but neither scheduling issues nor cold weather could stop the adrenaline-filled Raiders from pulling together their most unified team effort of the season. The game provided the best evidence to date of all that this year’s Raiders football team can be when firing on all cylinders. While Bobcats players frequently lost their cool—and gave up costly 15-yard personal foul penalties, their counterparts from Appomattox kept themselves out of trouble and moving the football in the right direction.

Senior quarterback and captain Tre Lawing showed coolness, quick thinking, and skilled handling of option play. He carried the ball into the end zone four times, threw for another score, and even added a defensive touchdown. Yet it was by no means a one man show for the defending state champion Raiders, several players stepping up time and again to make big plays. And Kicker Ty Robertson went a perfect eight-for-eight in extra point kicks.

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