Fluvanna scores late to slip past Orange

Fluvanna County wasn’t interested in being a one-week wonder in the Jefferson District.


It wasn’t pretty, but the Flucos served noticed to every team in the JD Saturday in a 22-21, come-from-behind win on the road at Orange that they’re not planning on fading away.  The game was shifted from a Friday night start because of field conditions at Orange.


With two huge defensive scores and a late Kobe Edmonds touchdown run and a gutty two-point conversion with 48.8 seconds to play, Fluvanna beat the Hornets and moved to 4-1 for the first time since 2001. To do it, they had to overcome a blocked punt and recovery by Orange’s Kyrie Carter that put the Flucos in a 7-0 hole out of the gate.


Instead of trying to get it back all at once, the Flucos stuck to the gameplan and leaned on its defense, with a pair of defensive touchdowns. Colby Martin picked off a pass and returned it for a TD with 2:54 left in the first quarter. But after that, Orange extended its lead to 21-7 with a pair of Walker Johnson touchdowns late in the second half, both to Chris Washington, the first from 36 yards out, the second from 17 yards out.


Early in the third quarter though, Fluvanna’s defense struck again with a sack and fumble recovery by Leukas Koczan with 9:29 left in the third. Both teams went silent from there on the scoreboard until Edmonds scored with 48 seconds to play.


Following the old adage that when you’re on the road and down one you go for two, Fluvanna went for it and Edmonds slipped in again.


Orange County couldn’t answer and the Flucos escaped with a win.


Dametrez Christmas caught four balls for 60 yards on the day for the Flucos with Edmonds going 6-for-12 for 85 yards unofficially. The Flucos’ run game was largely bottled up by the Hornets with just 108 total yards led by Dahris Tinsley’s 61 yards leading the way.


The Fluvanna defense held Orange’s vaunted run game to 172 yards, with Jaylen Alexander rushing for 82 yards, his first performance under 100 on the year. Hylton Hale also chipped in 49 yards on 10 carries. Johnson went 4-for-6 for 79 yards including the two scores.