The Appomattox Raiders varsity football team went into the 80s tonight - not the 80s of hair metal bands and leg warmers - but the 80s as in points scored. The Raiders dominated the visiting Nelson County Governors 83-6 to stay unbeaten at 3-0 on the season.
There was little doubt as to the eventual outcome from early in the game as Appomattox got going right away on a 48-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tre Lawing with just 52 seconds elapsed on the clock in the first quarter.
Two minutes later, Bronson Williams covered a loose ball in the Governors' end zone after the Raiders blocked a punt to go up 14-0.
The Raiders would go up 56-0 by halftime on scores from Jonathan Pennix (two TD runs), Jordan Scott (pass reception), Keyshawn Baker (run), Williams (scooped up another blocked punt), and Ervis Davin (pass reception).
Nelson County got on the scoreboard on a defensive touchdown by Kavin Carter on an Appomattox fumble, but the ensuing extra point was blocked.
On the very next play, Davin returned the kickoff for a Raiders touchdown.
Rounding out the scoring for Appomattox was JaQuan Alexander (run), Savion Vaughan (interception return) and backup quarterback Gray Peterson (run).
Prior to kickoff, Appomattox head coach Doug Smith, who is currently sidelined while battling multiple myeloma, and his wife made a brief appearance as a time clock on the field was dedicated in his honor. Tonight's win is the 99th of Smith's tenure as Raiders head coach. Assistant coach Stephen Castello has stepped in as interim head coach during Smith's absence.
The Raiders will host Altavista next Friday at 6 p.m. at Bragg Stadium.
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