The Altavista Colonels football team began their 2021 campaign facing a familiar foe as they traveled to Central Lunenburg this past Friday night. They took on the Chargers in their season opener, losing 41-13. For the fifth time in the past six seasons these two teams have squared off to start the year. The Chargers would waste little time as Najee Carter would return the opening kick off 95 yards for the score and a quick 6-0 lead. The Colonels new-look split back offense debuted with an impressive first drive highlighted by big gains from running backs Tyson Davis and Marquel Dawkins, however the Colonels would fail to convert on fourth down from inside the Chargers 5-yard line. Carter would then lead a 91-yard scoring drive darting through the defense for a 45 yard TD run to extend the lead to 13-0. Central Lunenburg added a couple more scores after forcing two Altavista turnovers, including a touchdown with just three seconds left in the second quarter to take a commanding 34-0 lead into halftime.
The young Colonels’ team would play much better in the second half, especially on defense with stellar play from returning starters Randle Ford, Steven Floyd and Dawkins while others such as freshman Landon Brown gained some valuable game experience for a roster loaded with underclassmen. Senior running back Makel Stone had an outstanding game running the ball as well as on kickoff returns and he would get the Colonels on the board in the third quarter with an electrifying 65-yard TD run to make it 34-7. Stone would also later add a 35-yard TD scamper for the Colonels’ second score. Altavista (0-1) will play their home opener this Friday night in English Stadium at 7 p.m. against Prince Edward County.