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Jamere Pugh with the award for Outstanding Offensive Player

Editor’s Note: Special thanks go to Thomas Baker who, armed with a Home in Henderson press pass and a digital camera, took some great pictures of the Southern Vance Raiders in the AA State Championship game last night in Winston-Salem as well as providing us with the game narrative. We are indebted to him for his efforts.

The Southern Vance Raiders fell short in their bid to become the new State 2-AA Football Champions as they fell to the Shelby Golden Lions, 27-24 in Winston-Salem Saturday night.

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Diral Burwell holding the award for Outstanding Defensive Player

The Raiders fell behind early and quickly in the first quarter as the Golden Lions scored on the first play of the game on a 71-yard run. The Golden Lions scored again before the quarter ended to make it 14-0.

The Raiders played tough defense and held Shelby scoreless throughout the rest of the half. As the first half wound down, the Raiders scored two touchdowns to end the half trailing Shelby 14-12 as Raider quarterback Jamere Pugh scored with 2:39 to go. With 43 seconds to go, Pugh connected with David Person to give the Raiders their second touchdown.

The Raiders failed to complete the two point conversions after both touchdowns.

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The Southern Vance High School Raiders with the 2006 Runner-Up Award

During the second half, the Raiders scored two more times, as did the Golden Lions. The Raiders failed to convert on both extra point attempts and the Lions missed the kick after scoring their last touchdown to give Shelby the game winning lead over Southern Vance, 27-24.

As the clock ticked away, so did the hopes and dreams of the players and the large crowd of Southern Vance supporters.

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Two Raider players were recognized for their defensive and offensive efforts during the playoffs. Raider quarterback Jamere Pugh received the Outstanding Offensive Player Award and Diral Burwell received the Outstanding Defensive Award.

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