APPOMATTOX, Va. (WFXR) — Just three months ago, the Appomattox County high school football team defeated Stuarts Draft to claim their fifth Class 2 state title in six seasons and show no signs of slowing down.
“Like Coach Smith always says we’re always looking to carry the torch from our seniors last year. So, obviously, they’ve instilled hard work in us and we’re just trying to keep that going and just do all we can do to make the team better,” said senior wide receiver Collin Slagle.
“Whatever you did the day before doesn’t matter it’s about what you did today. and you know all of us are a family we love each other we play for each other we’ve always got each other’s backs and it’s just how we roll,” said senior right tackle Caden Braford.
The Raiders are on the hunt for their 6th state title and after a year of uncertainty – finally getting back to a sense of normalcy has been a godsend.
“It was very stressful because you had to deal with being spaced out and in most of the games you didn’t have anybody or hardly have any fans cheering you on and everything. The coaches we always on us to stay spaced out and we were always worried that something was going to happen, and we were going to get our season shut down. So, we just tried to be as cautious as we could,” said Braford.
As the Appomattox County football team begins their 2021 campaign – a new group of seniors are looking to leave their mark on the year.
“It just all starts on the practice field so if we’re just giving it our all on the practice field and we’re just improving every game I think that’s big. Just improving every day taking advantage of the opportunities that we get and just play well and play with intensity every game,” said Slagle.