The Gretna Hawks’ football team lost to Appomattox last Friday.
The 4-2 Hawks fell, 21-7, to the perennial state title contending Raiders after several drives stalled in Appomattox territory.
“We played a good football team tonight,” head coach Cole Simpson said. “I felt like we lost the battle in the trenches.
“We weren’t able to run the ball with success like we have this season.”
The Hawks’ Isaiah Griffin ran the opening kickoff 43 yards, putting his team in position past midfield, but the drive stalled after picking up a first down.
Midway through the first, the Raiders scored on a six-yard run after a long drive for a 7-0 lead.
Tabron Mabins hit Daelyn Miller with a 47-yard pass late in the first quarter, but the drive ended when Mabins was sacked on fourth and goal.
Two minutes into the second quarter, Appomattox scored on a 14-yard run for a 14-0 lead.
The Hawks attempted to answer on their next drive, but Mabins’ pass on fourth down fell incomplete.
Gretna attempted a short kick to start the second half, but the Raiders recovered and eventually converted with a five-yard touchdown run to go up 21-0.
With a minute remaining in the third, a fourth-and-short run by Jorden Berger came up short in Appomattox territory.
The Hawks eventually got on the board late in the fourth quarter on a 24-yard run by Cam Mabins.
Rey Canares converted the extra point for the final score, 21-7.
“If you only give up 21 points to them, you’ve played good defense,” Simpson said. “We just didn’t score enough points.”
Tabron Mabins converted four of nine passes for 96 yards.
Miller finished with three catches for 96 yards.
Berger had 19 carries for 54 yards. Cam Mabins ran 11 times for 52 yards.
Kyle Durham led the team with seven tackles.
DeAndre Miller had four tackles, including one sack. He also had four punts inside of the 20-yard line.
Daelyn Miller, Taelyn Miller and Corlyn Witcher each had three tackles,
Witcher also had one sack.
The Hawks travel to rival Altavista Friday night for a 7 p.m. game.
“They have good team speed,” Simpson said of the Colonels. “We will have to wait until next week to see what we’ve got.”