The Lt. Govs football team ran into an aggressive Dan River junior varsity team that came to Nelson last Thursday and left with a 49-8 victory.
The JV Wildcats were hard to stop while the visiting special team blocked a Nelson punt early in the game and used that yardage for a quick score.
“I thought our players did a nice job of bouncing back this week. The score in no way reflected the progress our guys made in practice this week,” said Nelson coach Brennan Banton. “This Dan River team was probably one of the best JV teams we’ve played in my years here. Our players had a great week of practice and if we continue to practice the way we did this past week we will have a strong finish to our season.”
The Lt. Govs managed one touchdown when Sam Jasson tossed a 55-yard pass to Eli Collins.
Receiving praise from their coach on offense were: Dominic Bailey, Eli Collins, Scott Ives, Sam Jasso and Kris Norris.
Despite the score, Banton saw some good plays on the defensive side from Kevin Micklem, Adonijah Hubbard, James Allen and Stage Parker.
The Lt. Govs will travel to Chatham on Thursday to battle the Cavalier junior varsity team and will host William Campbell on Oct. 24.
Oct. 31 will give the Lt. Govs a night off via a bye and Nov 7 the season will end at Appomattox.
Brennan reflects back on this year’s team performances.
“Our team has been doing a great job of becoming high school football players. As a smaller school, many of our players are having to learn multiple positions on both sides of the ball,” said Brennan. “With the fact that we only have one sophomore player and the rest are freshman or eighth graders, these young guys are being asked to do a lot. Not just on the field, but in the classroom and meeting the high expectations we have for our football program within the building. If this group can stick together in the offseason and get stronger they will no doubt have a bright future in football.”