The Altavista Colonels picked up their first win of the season on the gridiron this past Friday night, cruising past Nelson 64-20. Altavista celebrated Senior Night as they recognized all of their Fall athletes during pregame festivities including all four seniors on Head coach Andy Cox’s young squad which included Steven Floyd, Eli Schubert, Davon Rosser and Stuart Hunt. Altavista (1-8) struck first in this one, putting together a 73-yard scoring drive that was capped off with a TD run by Ladainian Stone for an early 7-0 lead. On their next possession, Jordan Pippin finished off another impressive drive with a 7-yard TD scamper to make it 14-0. The Colonels defense made big plays all night, the first being a fumble recovery by TJ Moon to help set up another TD run by Stone to give Altavista a 21-0 lead after the opening quarter of play.
Nelson (1-8) finally got on the board early in the second quarter as quarterback Colten Baker found Hunter Garrett for a 26-yard TD pass to pull the Governors within 21-7. Following another fumble recovery by the Colonels, this time by Steven Floyd, Altavista made Nelson pay once again as Ladainian Stone scored his third rushing TD of the half to put the Colonels ahead 28-7. During that scoring drive, Stone surpassed the 1,000 yard plateau for the season (1,112), making him the leading rusher in the area. The Colonel's running attack dominated the Governors all night, amassing 390 total yards in the game.
Altavista had one more big play up their sleeve as cornerback Jordan Pippin intercepted a Nelson pass and took it to the house for an electrifying 60-yard TD return with only a few seconds remaining to send the Colonels into the locker room with a commanding 35-7 advantage.
The Colonels kept their foot firmly on the gas in the third period as Ladainian Stone scored his fourth touchdown of the contest, this time making his presence known on defense by returning a fumble 70 yards to paydirt. Later in the quarter, Stone tossed a 26-yard TD strike to receiver Jayden Boyd to put this game well out of reach, up 50-7 heading into the final quarter. Altavista got late rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter from Ross Farmer and freshman quarterback Stephen Anthony to close out the scoring in the 64-20 triumph.
Altavista (1-8) wraps up their season Friday night as they travel to Tightsqueeze to take on Chatham (4-5), kickoff is set for 7 p.m.