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Week Nine: Powhatan @ Western Albemarle

The Powhatan defense had Kent Henry and the Western Albemarle offense right where it wanted them.

With 3:12 remaining in the game and the Indians clinging to a 36-30 advantage, the Warriors faced a fourth-and-three on the Indians 44-yard line. One final stop by the Powhatan defense would have, in essence, wrapped up the game and given the Indians a satisfying win over a team that defeated them 30-10 just one year ago.

Enter Henry, Western’s multi-dimensional senior playmaking quarterback who, at times, seemed like the only player between the white lines for the Warriors. Up until this point in the game, he had been typically dominant — both through the air and on the ground — and he wasn’t about to let such a petty inconvenience as a fourth down play with the game on the line spoil his team’s fun.

So, true to game-changing form, Henry took the snap, faked a hand-off to the right side, shimmied his way out of a few tackles, and shot up the Indians’ sideline for what ultimately became the game-winning touchdown*.

If a moment as dramatic and awe-aspiring as this happened to occur for the home team at, say, “the Jungle” in Louisa, perhaps a living person would have been fired out of the on-campus cannon at a dangerously high rate of speed.

But this was Western, after all, so those in attendance had to settle for a brief dose of enthusiastic hoo-rawing from the public address announcer, which, in the end, was probably the better alternative.

Henry’s last minute, gut-wrenching touchdown gallop took the axe to yet another outstanding performance from Powhatan’s rushing attack. The two main suspects — Logan Allen and L.J. Jackson — did most of the damage, combining for 309 of the Indians 311 yards on the ground. Both Allen and Jackson had touchdown runs of over 60 yards early in the game: Allen’s 62-yard sprint on a simple dive play put the Indians on top 7-0, and Jackson’s 72-yard jive session tied the game at 14 all.

Henry’s totals were, well, expectedly Henry-esque. Through the air, he was 16-of-30 for 179 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, he ran 17 times for 145 yards (8.5 yards per carry) and two more touchdowns.

Interestingly enough, it was a rare second quarter mistake by Henry that almost allowed the Indians to escape Crozet with a victory. Powhatan corner back Chance Morris jumped a route and took Henry’s pass 31 yards to paydirt to tie the game at 21 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. Henry would redeem himself in the second half, however, hooking up with Tre Banks for a seven yard touchdown pass and reeling off that 44-yard, game-winning touchdown run.

Lost in the shuffle was a solid performance by Powhatan quarterback Cambrun Graham, who finished 8-of-15 for 141 yards. Chance Morris, who is quickly becoming Graham’s favorite target, had another productive day at wide receiver, hauling in seven passes for 130 yards.

Powhatan will travel to Charlottesville (3-7) this Friday to wrap up the regular season, while Western will play Fluvanna at home.

*This wasn’t even the Warriors most dramatic victory of the season. That distinction belongs to a nail-biter against county rival Albemarle, a game which featured Henry connecting with Steven Hearn in the end zone on on the last play of regulation to secure a 41-39 road victory.

Week Eight: Fluvanna @ Powhatan

Just a few minutes into the first quarter of last Friday’s game against Fluvanna, immediately after the Indians scored their first touchdown, more than a few people in the stands may have been flipping through their programs looking for an answer to the same question:

Just who, exactly, is this number 44?

It was Cameron Kerr (for those who didn’t have a program), and the hard-running H-back didn’t wait around to make his presence known in his first varsity start. He scored Powhatan’s first two touchdowns – on runs of 16 and 25 yards – as the Indians steamrolled the Flucos 40-14 on a wintry evening at Powhatan High School.

Kerr, a freshman whose stocky frame belies his youth (the program lists him at 6’2, 206 pounds), dons the number “44” and runs with all the urgency of a man who popularized the number as a member of the Redskins in the 1970s and 1980s. Kerr keeps it simple – he wears no articles of “swag,” spurns excessive juke moves for a “one-cut and a go” technique – and his no-nonsense minimalism worked wonders against Fluvanna. He finished the night with five rushes for 57 yards and two TDs, and even made a few big plays on the defensive side of the ball.

As impressive and unexpected as Kerr’s varsity debut turned out to be, he was only part – albeit a highly integral one - of the Indians’ well-oiled rushing attack. Powhatan ended with 409 yards on the ground, a mere 89 yards short of a school record set 24 years ago against Goochland. L.J.  Jackson, whose compact frame and juke-and-jive-heavy approach make him Kerr’s antithesis, reeled off 151 yards and a touchdown on only nine carries. He was Powhatan’s leading rusher.

Despite the lopsided final score, the Flucos actually possessed a lead early on in the contest. A 19-yard touchdown pass from Austin Foster to Jesse Van Dyke gave the Flucos (1-7) an 8-6 lead with 49 seconds left in the first quarter. But less than a minute later, Kerr sprinted 25 yards for his second touchdown of the night to put the Indians back on top, 14-8. From that point forward, Powhatan dominated just as a 6-2 squad should against a team that has mustered only one win – a 23-6 win against Louisa in “the Jungle” last week – so far this season.

Powhatan pushed the score to 19-8 on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Cambrun Graham to Chance Morris in the second quarter. On the snap, Morris simply took one step back, snagged a whizzing dart from Graham, made a move on the cornerback, and scampered his way to the Promised Land. It’s Morris’ second-consecutive game with a touchdown reception: he had a 67-yarder last week in a 40-16 romp over Orange County.

Powhatan’s final three scores would come on the ground – one from Jackson, two from Allen (who got into some personal foul trouble for the second straight week) – and the Indians went home with their second-straight 40-point performance.

Kerr wasn’t the only freshman to celebrate a coming-of-age party. Fellow Class of 2017’er Lamont Henderson, son of Indians’ defensive coordinator Ernie Henderson , had a career game on the defensive side of the ball, recording 10 tackles. But the youth brigade didn’t end there: at one point during the game, there were five – yes, five – freshman on the field for the Powhatan defense.

Powhatan will head to Crozet to take on Western Albemarle this Friday, Nov. 1. It will be their toughest road test so far this season. The Warriors’ offense, which is averaging 43 points per game, put up 63 points last week against Charlottesville. Their leader is versatile quarterback Kent Henry, who accounted for three touchdowns in last year’s meeting..

Week Seven: Powhatan @ Orange

Before last Friday night’s game at Orange County, Cambrun Graham had never thrown for more than 100 yards in varsity game.

Twenty-four minutes into a penalty-laden game at Paul M. Sizemore Field, he surpassed the century mark, then the two-century mark , finishing the first half 5-of-6 for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

Graham’s fantastic play early on – which was aided by some superior pass protection by the big men up front and several athletic plays by the receiving corps – helped propel the Indians to a 40-16 victory over the Hornets, who are playing their first season as a member of the Jefferson District.

The game moved at what can only be described as a glacial pace, as injuries, incomplete passes, and several highly questionable personal foul calls against Powhatan kept the game from getting into any kind of rhythm. Still, the Indians fought onward, scoring three touchdowns over the first quarter and a half and converting all three extra points (which has been somewhat of a weak point this season) to take a 21-0 lead.
The first touchdown, which was scored on the Indians second play from scrimmage, was a 70-yard heave from Graham to the Chance Morris. Morris may not be the biggest receiver on Powhatan’s roster– the program lists him, perhaps generously, at 6’0, 170 pounds – by the kid can motor, and he’s got the all the spunk of a rabid raccoon wound up on too many Pixie Sticks. That’s a heck of a lot of spunk, to be sure.

The Hornets had an opportunity to cut the Indians lead to four on their first possession of the game (a drive that was aided tremendously by two highly-questionable personal foul calls on Logan Allen) but a 36-yard field goal attempt came howling off James Natividad’s foot like a Miguel Cabrera line drive and hooked wide left of the uprights. The Indians offense took over on the 29 and quickly reeled off several big plays – including a 30-yard run by Logan Allen and a picturesque reception by R.J. Thomas on a post-corner route  - to move deep into Hornets territory. Allen capped off the drive, as he nearly always does, with a 6-yard touchdown scamper to give Powhatan a 14-0 lead.

Another short run by Allen on the next drive gave the Indians a cushiony 21-0 advantage. At this point, the Powhatan offense was operating as the picture of efficiency: three possessions, three touchdowns, three extra points split right down the center of the uprights.

But ho ho! The Hornets were down, yes, but they were hardly out. Just when it looked as though the Indians were on their way to subbing in the second team before half-time, Orange running back Mikael Wallace sliced through the Powhatan defense for a 17-yard touchdown run. The Indians lead was cut to 21-7 with a little under ten minutes left in the second quarter.

And that’s sort of how the game would unfold for the next quarter and a half or so: Powhatan would look on the verge of leaving the Hornets in the wind, but Orange just kept on hanging around.  The Indians went up 28-7 five minutes before halftime on a perfect touch pass from Graham to tight end Elijiah Goode, but the Hornets scored on a 61-yard pass on their first drive of the second half to cut the score to 28-13. Then Natividad drilled a 27-yard field goal to redeem his hook-job from earlier and slash the Powhatan lead to 28-16 with a little over nine minutes left in the game.

Then came the play that drained the juice out of Orange once and for all.

On the ensuing kickoff, L.J. Jackson snatched up the ball on the five yard line, sprinted into a mass of Orange defenders, made a few of his signature cuts, and came shooting out of the great blob of bodies like a flaming jitterbug. Ninety five yards later, as he galloped across the goal line, the idea of an Orange comeback was all but extinguished. Powhatan players, fans and coaches seemed hesitant to celebrate at first– surely there was going to be a penalty of some sort – but, much to their liking, the field remained flag free, the score stood, and the Indians took a commanding 34-16 lead.

The Indians final touchdown would come on a four-yard run from Jeremy Mayo, who had taken Graham’s place under center. And that was that.
There were several storylines that unraveledduring the game that will be of interest to Powhatan fans. First of all, freshman Wesley Livermon is now handling the kicking duties. He converted four of his six attempts. Secondly, Allen’s 167-yard rushing performance gave him well over 1,000 yards rushing this season With three more regular season games to go, and then the playoffs, a 1,500-yard campaign doesn’t seem out of reach. If he cracks the 1,505-yard plateau, it will be the fifth highest single season rushing total in the history of the program. Tom Paquette is fourth with 1,665 yards, a mark he set back in 1997 as a member of a state-runner up team.

With the victory, the Indians match their win total (five) from last season. They will host Fluvanna this Friday.

Week Six: Albemarle @ Powhatan

Note to those who may be listening: if it’s gray and dreary for several days leading up to a homecoming football game, it may be a portent of dark things to come.

Last Friday evening, Oct. 11, the adverse weather conditions helped bog down the Powhatan High School Indians’ offense as they dropped their second district game of the season, 7-6, to Albemarle in front of a crowd that was noticeably thinner than average.

Even though Albemarle came into the game with a seemingly harmless 2-3 record, it would be a fib to claim that the thought of an upset wasn’t rattling around in the collective psyche of Indians Nation. After all, the Patriots were coming off a game in which they held a 39-35 lead against the defending Jefferson District champions, Western Albemarle, with less than 10 seconds to play. They ultimately lost that affair on a miraculous last-second touchdown heave from Kent Henry to Steven Hearn, but still, coming within a field goal of beating one of the toughest teams in the district cemented the Patriots’ reputation as a team far more talented than their sub-par record suggested.

Under a light drizzle that fell from the opening kickoff through the final whistle, Albemarle proved that their inspired performance against the Warriors was no one-off fluke. The Patriots succeeded in upsetting Powhatan by, among other things, stifling the big-play potential of the Indians’ offense. As anyone who has followed Powhatan football this year knows, running backs Logan Allen and L.J. Jackson possess a certain knack for lengthy, electrifying runs.  But there were no such fireworks on this night. No 40-yard touchdown sprints from Allen, no Barry Sanders-esque juking and jiving from Jackson. Sure, the swampy conditions played a part in Powhatan’s stunted offensive production (both Allen and Jackson lost their footing multiple times throughout the night), but credit must be given were credit is due: the Albemarle defense held the Indians to their lowest offensive output of the season (six points) and limited the venerable Allen to a pedestrian 3.89 yards per carry.

Not that the Indians didn’t have an opportunity to overcome the weather and the swarming Patriots’ defense. Powhatan held a 6-0 lead half-way through the third quarter thanks to a four-yard touchdown run by Allen in the previous period**. But a blocked extra point– a facet of the game that the Indians have looked shaky in all season – was the game’s most critical error. The importance of solid special teams play was never more apparent than when Albemarle’s Drake Bryant reeled off a 31-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Chandler Carrera’s extra point went fluttering through the uprights to give the Patriots a one-point lead.

The Patriots demonstrated the value of a well-timed trick play late in the fourth quarter.

Pinned inside their own 25-yard line and facing a third-and-10 with 1:33 left to play, head coach Mike Alley reached deep into his bag of magic spells and pulled out a play that would clinch one of the biggest upsets in the Jefferson District this season. Running back Dominique Talley took what looked like a run-of-the-mill toss to the right side, but several steps in he pulled up and hurled a pass deep down the home sideline. Kevin Bernadino outfought two Powhatan defenders to haul in what was essentially a 40-yard dagger straight through the heart of Indian Nation. The Patriots’ offense reeled off one more first down, then let the clock drain to triple zeroes.

Perhaps the most fitting symbol for the gloomy night was an exasperated Allen (or any player, for that matter) standing with hands on hips, soaked jersey untucked and slathered with wet grass, facemask turned toward the soggy turf. Or it could have been a mangled bag of popcorn laying near the concession stand, apparently threshed apart by an Indians’ fan in a fit of madness.

It was a bummer, for sure, but when viewed in a broader context it’s a relatively insignificant bummer. The Indians face Orange (1-4) and Fluvanna (0-5) over the next two weeks before finishing out the season against Western Albemarle (5-0) and Charlottesville (1-4). The playoffs are a near-guarantee - so long as the Indians win the games that they should - and a 7-3 or 8-2 season seems highly likely.

However much this loss may sting, it is not the end.

*Hearn out jumped two defenders in the back of the end zone, tipped the ball into the air, and hauled in the game-winning catch on the back line of the end zone as time expired. Talk about drama.

**That touchdown run was preceded by the Indians’ most well-sustained effort of the night. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to repeat that success at any other point during the contest.

Week Five: Powhatan (3-1) @ Louisa (2-2)

Attending a high school football game at Louisa high school is an experience all its own. You go, presumably, for the fierce competition – to watch two groups of talented athletes battle it out for 48 hard-fought minutes, tussling for a victory and a sense of school and county pride - but instead you become immersed in a bizarre fantasy world consisting of fire breathing lions, loud popping fireworks, thundering cannon shots, and an enthusiastic public address announcer that may or may not suffer from a slight case of homerism. The whole experience borders on surreal: it ends up feeling more like something out of a Barnum and Bailey Circus show than a small-town high school football game.

But those excesses weren’t enough to stymie the mighty Indians last Friday night. Despite a relatively slow start, Powhatan was able to pull together and escape from “The Jungle” with a satisfying 26-14 victory. 

The Lions, who added to the surrealism by coming out dressed in pink jerseys for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, looked determined early on. Their dynamic rushing attack of Markel Groomes, Deion Johnson, and quarterback Trey Cherry (who caught a touchdown pass against the Indians last season),  sliced through the Powhatan defense like a shark through water. Groomes had been Louisa’s leading rusher coming into the game, but it was Johnson who received the bulk of the carries on this night. His three-yard touchdown run at the beginning of the second quarter broke the scoreless tie and gave the home team a reason to fire off its beloved cannon.  

Undeterred, the Indians gathered themselves and went to work. They evened the score on the ensuing possession, when L.J. Jackson took a handoff off the right side and scampered 15-yards for a touchdown. Jackson’s score was set up by a crucial defensive holding penalty: Powhatan receiver R.J. Thomas attempted to burn the Lions defense deep on a play-action pass, but his jersey was grasped aggressively by a Lions’ defensive back. The infraction moved the ball to the Lions 15-yard line, and on the very next play Jackson sprinted into the end zone to tie the game at seven.

It wouldn’t be the last time a penalty came back to haunt the home team.

On the Indians’ first drive of the second half – during a punt, nonetheless- a too many men on the field penalty against Louisa gave Powhatan a first down. Several plays later, Logan “Slash” Allen bulleted through the defense from 15 yards out to give the visitors their first lead of the night. They would never relinquish that advantage, only add to it.

There were two distinct plays that could be viewed as proverbial nails in the coffin, if you will. The first was a marvelous 50-yard interception return by Elijiah Goode at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Goode had been doing precisely what his job as an inside backer asked of him - which, on this particular play, was dropping back into zone coverage – when the pigskin plopped unexpectedly into his breadbasket. Looking half-stunned at this stroke of good fortune, the hefty backer proceeded to weave his way through traffic –looking more like a shifty running back than a defender – en route to his first touchdown of the season. After a missed extra point, the Indians led 20-7.

The second such play was – a two-yard touchdown run by Allen – was relatively non-descript in comparison to Goode’s electrifying return. But it was the methodical drive that led up to that score that was the real game changer. As it were, the Indians started the possession on their own 35-yard line with 6:21 left to play, clinging to a not-so-comfortable 20-7 lead. What ensued was a perfectly-executed seminar on effective clock milking. The front line did an honorable job of opening holes for the Indians deadly backfield combo of Jackson and Allen, who proceeded to wear down a somewhat vulnerable Louisa defense. First, Powhatan smashed their way into Louisa territory. That was the first landmark. Then they bullied their way inside the 20. Then muscled inside the 10. Even a controversial personal foul call wasn’t enough to stall a drive that seemed fueled by pure grit and determination. With 2:45 remaining, the Indians offense fired a metaphorical cannon of their own: it came in the form of a two-yard touchdown run by Allen, and the shot rang in the victory march for the orange and black. With the right set of ears, you could hear a collective sigh of relief cascading down from the Powhatan bleachers.

The Lions would score one more touchdown to make it 26-14.  They even recovered the follow-up onside kick. But Idris Davis, who had replaced Cherry under center, made the game’s final error: an ill-fated pass slung directly into the soft hands of Allen.

Game, set, and match to Powhatan. Cut loose the fireworks.


All photos by Kenny Moore

All photos by Kenny Moore

Week Four: Monticello (3-0) vs. Powhatan (3-0)

Last season, Monticello running back T.J. Tillery led the Mustangs’ stampede when the Indians came to town. A junior at the time, he ended up running for 136 yards and three touchdowns – all in the first half – as the Mustangs galloped past the Indians by a 42-13 final.

This year, it was a kid by the name of Kyree Koonce: a 5’9, 190 pound purebredmade of solid muscle, who gave the Indians’ defense fits the entire evening. The junior ran 14 times for 175 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a screen pass for a 36-yard score, as the Mustangs rolled the Indians 45-19 in a battle of two undefeated Jefferson District teams.

The student section – which featured kids with their chests painted black, an official “Powhatan Student Section” sign, and one particularly dedicated fan in an Indians headdress – was in full throat for most of the evening, especially early on, when it looked as though the Indians had a chance of hanging close with the supremely talentedvisitors from Charlottesville.

Following a 36-yard touchdown sprint straight-up-the-gut by Koonce that saw the young stallionpower through several ill-fated tackles, Indians’ running back L.J. Jackson broke off a 46-yard touchdown run of his own that tied the game at seven. Jackson was one of four running backs (along with teammate Logan Allen, and Tillery and Koonce from Monticello) that ended the night with over 100 yards rushing.

The one play that really seemed to turn the tide against the Indians came late in the first half, with the score still tied at seven. After a brilliant punt from Logan “Slash” Allen pinned the Mustangs on their own six-yard line, the Monticello offense pulled off a play that, in retrospect, can be viewed as the catalyst for the offensive exploits they would enjoy for the remainder of the night. On the first play of the drive, quarterback James St. Hill connected with Alex McNair on a fly route down the visitor’s sideline, and McNair proceeded to outlast corner back Jonathan Caporale in a sprint to the promised land. With McNair standing roughly five inches taller than Caporale, it was only a matter of time until St. Hill chose to exploit such a glaring mismatch.

Perhaps the second pivotal play of the game came on the Indians’ ensuing possession. Cambrun Graham attempted to connect with an open receiver, but his pass was tipped at the line and intercepted by Tillery. A few plays later, Monticello was in the end zone again: a 38-yard screen pass from St. Hill to Koonce (who else). With that score, the Mustangs took a 21-7 lead into the locker room.

The seas would only get rougher for the Indians over the next 24 minutes of play. Less than one minute and 10 seconds into the second half, the venerable Koonce pulled another one of his signature runs – this one right up the gut, per usual, from 27-yards out. 28-7 Mustangs. Two possessions later, Monticello put together a methodical drive that ended with a one yard touchdown plunge from St. Hill. 35-7.

 The stampede had now garnered a full head of steam.

It wasn’t as though the Indians potent rushing combination of Allen and Jackson was failing to find holes in the defense. They certainly were: both finished with over 100 yards rushing (Allen had 165, Jackson had 132) and the Indians, as a team, averaged over six yards per carry. It’s just that Monticello’s two headed thoroughbred attack of Tillery and Koonce was doing it a tad bit better, and at a quicker pace. Koonce ended with up with 163 yards on 13 carries. Tillery finished with 142 on 11 carries. Monticello as a whole ran for 370 yards on 38 carries for an average of almost 10 yards per carry. No matter how good your offensive backfield may be, it’s difficult to win a football game when the opposing team is averaging nearly a first down on every rush.

The Mustangs tacked on ten more points – on a Josh Malm field goal and a Darian Bates run – to give the black and gold an even 45 points. The Indians would score two touchdowns, the last of which was a 44-yard run by Jackson with less than three minutes left in the game. The Indians missed two extra points on the night, which brought their final point total to a lopsided-looking 19.

It’s the Indians first lost of a still-young 2013 campaign. They’ll have a chance to right the ship next week against the Louisa Lions (2-2) in the unfriendly confines of “The Jungle.”

Monticello, on the other hand, improves to 4-0 for the second season in a row. They will travel to Charlottesville next Friday to take on a Charlottesville team that lost 14-13 to Louisa last Friday.

All photos by Anjie Henley

Week Three: Greensville (0-2) @ Powhatan (2-0)

The Greensville High School Eagles knew they were going to have to pull a few tricks to stay competitive with the Indians last Friday evening. After all, the Eagles had been outscored 72-0over their first two games of the season, while the Indians were coming off back-to-back victories over two former Group AAA schools that finished over .500 in 2012.

So on the Eagles’ first drive of the game, they took the field in one of the most bizarre offensive sets that anyone on the Indians sideline had likely ever witnessed. In what looked like something out of a Hollywood football flick, eight players – including most of the offensive line – shifted all the way over to the Indians sideline, while the center and quarterback stayed in the center of the field, and a lone receiver split out to the right side.

But the peculiar offensive scheme turned out to be more of a novelty than an actual sustainable style of play. Despite an initial period of confusion on the Indians side of the ball, the Eagles went three-and-out and punted the ball to the Indians.

From that point on, Powhatan – which utilized its no frills, line-up-and-stuff-the-ball-right-down-your-throat offensive philosophy -  owned the night.

Powered by lengthy touchdown runs by Logan Allen of 48, 40, and 20 yards, and a touchdown pass from Cambrun Graham to R.J. Thomas, the Indians scored on four of their first five plays from scrimmage and rolled to an effortless 61-6 victory. The win marked the sixth time since 1999 that the Indians have cracked the 60-point mark, and the first time they’ve done so since 2010, when they put up 69 points against the hapless Bluestone Barons.

 The running game continues to impress
Powhatan starting quarterback Cambrun Graham only attempted two passes the entire night. Why? Well, the Indians were racking up such lofty numbers on the ground that going to the air seemed like a pointless endeavor. In total, the Indians rushed 20 times for 364 yards (an average of 18.2 yards per carry) and eight – that’s right, eight – touchdowns. In fact, the Indians running game was scoring at such an electric rate that they actually ended up with more scores than first downs. That’s a testament to the dominance the Indians’ offensive line displayed over the Greensville front four, and the pure athleticism present in the Indians three-headed rushing attack of Logan Allen, L.J. Jackson and Tre Taliaferro.

Allen, who seems to turn in at least one “Holy Cow!” play per game, spearheaded the Indians rushing attack, much like he has all season. He ran five times for 161 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, and spent the last 24 minutes of the game watching gleefully from the sidelines while his replacements continued to slice up the Greensville defense. Allen’s first carry only netted a single yard, but his next four went for touchdowns - and long ones, at that: 48 yards, 40 yards, 20 yards, and 52 yards, in that order. Jackson had a big game, as well, running for 92 yards on just seven carries. The highlight of his night was a 48-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that stretched the Powhatan lead to 34-6. Taliaferro only touched the ball three times, but he scored twice, on runs of 30 and 44 yards. Johnathan Caporale also got in on the fun, reeling off a 15-yard touchdown run. It was the sophomore’s first score of his varsity career. It was all systems go for the Indians offense for a full 48 minutes.

The Indians’ defense grounds the Eagles
Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ball, the Indians were busy thwarting everything the Eagles offense threw at them (even that doomed, Hollywood-esque offensive thing they unveiled at the beginning of the game), all the while tallying some pretty impressive tackle totals. With the Powhatan offense scoring on what seemed like every third play, the Indians defense was forced to spend a good portion of the night between the white lines. The Greensville offense was painfully one dimensional, and became even more so when their most prolific player, starting quarterback NaQuan Jordan, was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with an undisclosed injury. From that point on, starting running back Josh Gallemore filled in under center. The junior played admirably, given the circumstances, but the Indians stout rush defense was just too much to overcome. If you glance at the stat sheet, you’ll see that the Eagles running game did, in fact, break the 100-yard plateau. But when that number is put into context, it becomes apparent that the Indians ultimately had the last laugh: 53 carries for 111 yards, for a meager average of 2.1 yards per carry. In this instance, giving up 111 yards on the ground was a triumph, not a cause for concern.

Noah Green led the Indians with 10 tackles and a running back sack. Chance Morris was close behind with eight tackles and a quarterback sack. In total, the Indians tallied 101 tackles and nine running back sacks.

Stray observations

  • With this 364 yard rushing performance, the Indians have run for at least 260 yards in each of their first three games. The three-game total comes out to a staggering 981 yards.
  • Quarterback Cambrun Graham’s 58-yard touchdown pass to R.J. Thomas was the first of his varsity career.
  • Logan Allen’s 52-yard touchdown run in second quarter was the “Holy Cow!” play of the night. Allen took a handoff off the left side, broke numerous tackles, twirled off a spin move or two, and dove majestically into the end zone, sneaking the ball just inside the front pylon.

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