By Ben Sheridan / Scrimmageplaycva.com contributor
It wasn’t perfect, but often the right approach can make up for a few mental errors.
“We did make some mistakes, but we had great intensity on both sides of the ball,” said Fluvanna County’s Malachi Hill.
On Friday night at Broadway High, it was Fluvanna County who made the happy trip back home with a season-opening 29-13 victory over the Gobblers.
Fluvanna (1-0) rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns, with two of those scores and 147 yards coming from quarterback Kobe Edmonds on just 11 carries. In the air attack, Edmonds added another touchdown.
The night began with the Flucos receiving the opening kickoff, but neither offense was able to get anything going throughout the first quarter with Broadway taking a 7-0 lead on a touchdown off a fumble recovery.
In the second quarter, however, the Flucos got in gear offensively. On the first drive of the quarter Edmonds unleashed a 65-yard dash that put the Flucos on the Gobblers’ 15-yard line. He capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run and gave the Flucos momentum that carried them through the second quarter. The very next drive for Fluvanna began at the Gobbler 10 yard line, and a touchdown pass from Edmonds to Jalen Ferguson gave the Flucos a 14-7 advantage. It then became a 22- 7 lead thanks to a 40-yard run from Edmonds, followed by a two-point conversion attempt that was ruled no good at first, but was later rules good.
“I really wanted to keep the momentum going for defense and offense, and keep playing harder in the second half,” said Edmonds.
A Broadway touchdown in the final seconds of the half would make the score 22-13 just before the break but then the second half began with a Gobbler fumble, the second of three takeaways forced by the Fluco defense. That takeaway led to Fluvanna taking a 29-13 lead on a 10-yard run by Nathan Mentor.
“I was pretty pleased, it’s always good to have that bend-not-break mentality, we didn’t give up any really big plays, which was one of our goals,” said Fluvanna coach Mike Morris.
The Flucos now turn their attention to another road clash next week against Spotsylvania.