Appomattox County’s defense and special teams came up with several huge plays as the Wildcats suffered their first Dogwood District defeat 54-19 Friday night at Bragg Stadium.
The Raiders would hold a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter without running a single play on offense via a blocked punt return and an interception return of quarterback Tracy Glass’s pass on DR’s first play of their second series. Appomattox scored on their first offensive series and held a 21-0 lead after a quarter. DR’s defense would force a turnover early in the second quarter as Malcolm Groom intercepted a pass inside the 10. However, Glass was flagged on the next play for intentional grounding in the end zone – resulting in a safety for Appomattox. The Raiders would go up 30-0 before the Wildcats would finally score late in the first half. The Wildcats appeared to attempt a field goal, only for kicker Ethan Lewis to roll out and hit junior Mason Owens for his first career touchdown as the score was 30-7 at halftime.
After holding the Raiders to a field goal on the opening drive of the second half, the Wildcats would make it a 33-13 game as Glass hit Robert Carter for a 35-yard touchdown reception. Appomattox countered that with a touchdown on their next drive, but the Wildcat kept fighting as Glass hit Ethan Lewis on a short pass. Lewis would get a pair of outstanding blocks by Carter and Jorden Price and the senior kicker/receiver outran everyone 75 yards for a touchdown as the deficit was cut to 40-19. DR would go for an onside kick and succeed as Carter came up with Lewis’s kick. The Wildcats would move the ball down and start the fourth quarter with a chance to make it a two-score game.
However, that potential scoring drive came up short as Carter nearly came up with a diving over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone. The Raiders would immediately end all hopes of a comeback as their quarterback broke multiple tackles as he scampered 92 yards to make it a 47-19 game. Appomattox added one more score later in the fourth.
Tracy Glass finished with just over 300 yards passing, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Ethan Lewis finished with four catches just over 100 yards, one touchdown, and one touchdown pass. Jorden Price had nearly 100 receiving yards, Robert Carter had four catches and one touchdown, and BJ Averett had five catches on offense. Jordon Richardson led the defense with 11 tackles and a sack while Malcolm Groom had an interception.
Dan River (5-3, 3-1 Dogwood) will host Altavista on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. The Wildcats will host the Colonels for Senior Night.
Dan River’s defense scored a touchdown and had a pair of goal line stands as the Wildcats defeated Appomattox County 12-2 on Thursday in Ringgold. The Raiders led 2-0 at the half after causing a safety, but the Wildcats would take control in the second half. Ethan Biagioni connected with Darius Dickerson for a touchdown pass play while TyLyric Coleman would score on a “Pick-6” on defense. Jakari Thomas, Kasey Ferguson, Nicholas Lowe, and Ryan Brandon led the defensive effort, with Nai’Shaun Henry also finishing with an interception.
The Wildcats added a road game with Gretna to the schedule this week and will face the Hawks on Oct. 24 at Lester Bond Field.
The Lady Wildcats dropped two of three contests this week. Dan River fell to Patrick County on Monday and Nelson County Thursday but was victorious at home against William Campbell in their 11th annual Spiking for a Cure game last Tuesday. Dan River traveled to Stuart Monday, where they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Patrick County by the scores of 27-25, 25-16, and 25-21. Rebekah Stowe led the team with eight kills and nine blocks while Emily McVay had five kills and two aces. Riley Nuckles led the Wildcats in 17 digs and 16 assists, Jordan Vogltanz had 11 digs, and Emily Butts served up four aces against the Cougars.
The Wildcats took down William Campbell 25-17, 25-20, and 25-18 on Tuesday evening. Rebekah Stowe had nine kills, six blocks, and four aces while Emily McVay added in five kills and four aces. Riley Nuckles had 10 digs and nine assists, while Kristen Sellers had three aces. DR’s week would end on a sour note as Nelson County swept the Wildcats 3-0 Thursday, with scores being 25-16, 25-21, and 25-18. Emily McVay and Rebekah Stowe led the team with eight kills and a combined 15 blocks. Riley Nuckles had 17 assists and 10 digs, while Madison Newman had 12 digs.
Dan River will host Appomattox on Tuesday and travel to Altavista on Thursday, before hosting Gretna on October 29 for senior night.
Dan River won their last non-district game with a 2-0 victory (25-15, 25-15) at Patrick County Monday. Amber Bevins led the way with five kills and four aces. Kaylee Atkinson had eight digs while Madison Satterfield added in six assists. The Wildcats would also make quick work of William Campbell on Tuesday, defeating the Generals 25-7 and 25-8. It was a complete team victory as they combined for 15 aces, nine kills, eight digs, and seven assists.
Nelson County snapped the Wildcats’ winning streak, defeating them 25-22 and 27-25 on Thursday. Amber Bevins had seven kills and two blocks while Sierra Silvey had three blocks. Kaylee Atkinson had 11 digs and Nyla Walters had nine digs, while Madison Satterfield led the team with 12 assists.
The Wildcats finished in third place at their home meet on Wednesday. Emily Saunders placed second overall in the girls’ race while Lauren McFalls (12th), Rebekah Dalton (13th), and Alyssa McFalls (15th) placed in the top 15. Kaley Purdy (19th) was the fifth scoring runner for Dan River. Michael Groom placed in the top 10 while Elijah Moshenek was in the top 15 runners for the Wildcats. Trey Lewis, Jonathan Adkins, and Gates Burdette rounded out the boys’ top five runners.
Dan River will compete in the 2019 Greater Danville Metro Meet on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Anglers Park. The girls run at 4 p.m. while the boys race at 4:45.