Albemarle’s football team went to Fluvanna for their final regular season game looking to lock up at least a share of the Jefferson District title.
They left Palmyra with that share of the title, building an early lead to beat the Flucos 39-18.
“I’m just proud of my kids, they went through a lot together this offseason, they put a lot of work into it and went through some tough games, we had a tough loss but we’ve been able to put consistent games up against great teams,” said Patriot coach Brandon Isaiah. “To be able to finish out against a team like Fluvanna and finish 8-2, we reached a lot of our goals this year so far but hopefully we continue working towards our other goals.”
In the first quarter, the Patriots struck hard and quickly, with the defense forcing a three and out and Eb McCarthy taking the first play 42 yards for the score to give his team a 6-0 lead. Then on the next Fluco possession, Malekye Hicks picks off an Owen Leydig pass to set up another McCarthy score to make it 13-0 within the first four minutes of game time. Then after another three and out the Patriots drove down the field and Amaje Parker found Jake King for a 23-yard strike to make it a 19-0 game with 4:08 left in the first quarter.
“We knew Fluvanna was going to be very physical, it was their very last game for their senior class and they fought hard just like we did, and they came out and played football very aggressively and tough, and they did not give up at all,” said McCarthy.
The Flucos did hang tough and it showed for the rest of the first half, with their defense forcing two turnovers and not letting the Patriots’ offense score the rest of the half. One of the turnovers came on a big interception in the endzone by Jacob Seymore.
But the Patriots eventually struck again, as Isaiah Grevious came up with a one-handed pick six with 15 seconds left in the half to push the halftime score to 25-0. The scoring didn’t stop at the break either , as the first play of the second half resulted in Parker finding Noah Grevious for the 60-yard touchdown pass. Then on their next drive, King picked up a McCarthy fumble and finished off the touchdown to make it a 39-0 game.
The Flucos didn’t give up though, as they forced a fumble from Parker near the end of the third quarter, which resulted in a pass from Leydig to Tristan Chisholm for the 16-yard score to make it a 39-6 game. Then two more Fluco touchdowns in the fourth from Chase Paschall and a pass from Leydig to Addison Patchett made it 39-18, where the score stayed until the final buzzer.
With the win, the Patriots will prepare for the first round of the Region 5D playoffs where they’re likely to square off with Riverbend, while the Flucos will start preparing for next season.