By Wayne Burchett
The Snowville Panthers won their first game of the season against Christiansburg on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Christiansburg High School by a score of 22-13.
Starting the scoring for the Panthers was wingback Logan Burchett, who on the first play of the game raced untouched for 71 yards for the touchdown. Burchett then added the point after kick for an 8-0 lead.
Christiansburg answered with a long touchdown run of their own, and then ran in the one point conversion to move the score to 8-7.
Both teams exchanged punts, and then the Snowville offense marched down to the Christiansburg 8-yard line only to fumble the ball. The Snowville defense then broke down and gave up another long scoring run, but Christiansburg missed the PAT attempt to make the score 13-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Snowville started the second quarter by driving the length of the field. Quarterback A.J. Bryson went in for his first score of the year from 11 yards out. Burchett then added the PAT to give Snowville a 16-13 lead midway through the second quarter. After the Christiansburg offense was stopped on downs, the Snowville offense took over and tailback Simon Lytton raced 47 yards down to the Christiansburg 19-yard line with 16 seconds remaining in the half. After a time out, quarterback Bryson went around the right end for his second score of the game. Burchett’s PAT was wide left, moving the score to 22-13 at the half.
The third and the fourth quarters were a defensive game with neither teams scoring.
Leading the way for Snowville on defense was tackle Cam Hall with 7 tackles for a loss. Outside linebacker Ben Stike played great defense the entire game with several big hits. Other Panthers that deserves mention are Levi Young, Moose Bowden, Will Cummings, Punky Foster, and C.J. Hodge for their good defensive play.
The offense was led by A.J. Bryson with 109 yards on the ground. Burchett added 84 yards, Punky Foster ran for 95 yards from the fullback position, and tailback Simon Lytton ran for 59 yards before a right ankle injury took him out of the game.
The Snowville coaching staff were very pleased with their kids effort and really look forward to a great season.