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A week after lifting Western Albemarle (6-0) with a trio of interceptions in a shutout win over Monticello, Nic Drapanas got it done on offense Friday night against Powhatan (3-3) in a 30-10 victory over the Indians.
Drapanas, a junior wideout/redzone running back, scored three touchdowns, one on the ground and two from quarterback Kent Henry.
Western’s balanced offense piled up 198 yards on the ground, with Henry going for 119 yards while running backs Trevor Harlow and Justin Haws combined for 59 yards. That success on the ground, particularly on the game’s opening drive, seemed to open things up for the Warriors in the passing game. Henry threw for 145 yards and completed an efficient 12 of 19 passes, including the two touchdowns to Drapanas.
The game started off like shootout, with both teams marching nearly effortlessly on their opening drives to touchdowns. But the Warriors defense picked it up from there and clamped down, holding Powhatan to just 159 yards in total offense. The win ended Powhatan’s 61-game district win streak, the final five of which came in the Jefferson District in 2011 but was largely built in the Southside.
While the Indians struggled on offense, sophomore L.J. Jackson was a bright spot with 98 yards and the lone touchdown on 15 touches.
Western’s gauntlet continues as the Warriors go toe-to-toe with Charlottesville, the other team now tied for first place in the Jefferson District after the Black Knights’ stunner over Monticello. The Warriors will host as it’s homecoming for Western.