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Stuarts Draft falls in state title game, finishes as runner-up

Published: May. 1, 2021 at 7:56 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - The Stuarts Draft High School football team lost to Appomattox County, 48-41, Saturday afternoon in the VHSL Class 2 state championship game.

Stuarts Draft fell behind 14-0 but rebounded to trail 21-16 at halftime. The teams traded scores in the second half with touchdowns scored on three consecutive plays in the third quarter: an Appomattox County TD pass followed by a Stuarts Draft kickoff return TD before Appomattox County scored on an 80-yard TD run on the Raiders’ next offensive play. The Cougars had a chance to tie the game late but their drive stalled after a 4th down pass fell incomplete and the Raiders were able to kneel out the clock and secure the victory.

Jo’-el Howard finished with two touchdowns for the Cougars, returning a kick 85 yards for a score after hauling in a TD pass late in the first half.

Stuarts Draft finishes the 2021 spring season with an 8-2 overall record and as Class 2 state runner-up for the second straight season. The Cougars also lost to Appomattox County in the 2019 state championship game.

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