By Adolphus Ames—
The Nandua Warriors played their first home game of the season against the Rappahannock Raiders last Friday, August 12. It was their first game since early November 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic. They lost 41-6.
The Raiders started the game with the ball on their own 32 yard line and scored rushing touchdowns on their first two possessions, taking an 13-0 lead in the first quarter. Warriors quarterback Chayce Wayman completed a 15 yard touchdown pass to Tyler Greene early in the second quarter to get Nandua back in the game.
The Warriors started off the second half strong. Running back Deshawn Johnson drove them down the field with several long runs and a long reception, but the Warriors failed to punch it in the end zone and turned it over on downs. The Raiders pulled away and the Warriors were unable to get back in the game.
Head coach Tom Rotkowski saw many positives during the home opener. “Defensively we did a good job getting pressure but need to be better at finishing plays,” he said. “Offensively our passing game executed at times but we need to be more physical at the point of attack.”
On Thursday, Sept. 2, the Warriors travel to King William. Their next home game is Oct. 1 against Snow Hill at 7 p.m.