APPOMATTOX, Va. (WVVA) - The defending Class 2 state champions clashed with a championship-caliber program on Saturday afternoon in Central Virginia.
The G-Men and Raiders were tied well into the second quarter, but Appomattox scored twice in the final seven minutes to take a lead they would not concede, winning 28-13.
The home team held Graham out of the end zone for the entire second half -- intercepting Devin Lester twice. However, after the game, head coach Tony Palmer said uncharacteristic mistakes on both sides of the ball hurt his team all afternoon.
"That's exactly what it was," he answered. "It was busted coverage. We left two guys wide open right there. There was nobody around and they just caught the ball. But, I'm not going to talk about that anymore, I'll just talk about how proud I am of my kids. They played really hard and Appomattox is a good football team. Well deserving of playing for a state title."
"They played for each other," he said of his team. "We had a good group of guys. They just didn't want to let each other down. Unfortunately things didn't go our way today."
Graham finished the season with a 12-3 record and back-to-back Region D titles.
Appomattox will play Stuarts Draft for the Class 2 state championship next Saturday in Salem.