Football Update: Oct. 12, 2012

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Eagles earn third straight victory, 27-6

What began as a defensive struggle turned sour for the Northumberland Indians at their 2012 homecoming game.

The Washington & Lee Eagles got their ground game clicking, scoring twice in the second period and once each in the third and fourth to take a 27-6 win from the Indians.Washington & Lee Eagles

Neither team was able to mount an effective drive in the opening minutes of the game as the Indians saw two promising scoring opportunities stopped by fumbles.

On defense, DeWayne Cherry had two interceptions, Milan Bullock had two sacks and fumble recovery, Kaleel Pratt had a fumble recovery, Kenneth Ashdown and DJ Weldon each forced a fumble.

Late in the first quarter, the Eagles put together a 55-yard, eight play drive which was capped in the opening moments of the second quarter. Kwame Gray raced 19 yards for the opening touchdown of the game. Alex Lane’s kick was good.

On their next possession, the Eagles decided to go to the airways. But Northumberland’s Aaron Lewis intercepted a pass by Cherry downfield. Lewis cut to his left and went down the sidelines, out-running the Eagles on a 75-yard interception run for the Indians’ lone score. An attempted two-point conversion run was no good.

Gray scored again just prior to halftime on a three-yard run. Lane’s kick was again true. The Eagles added a third period score on a four year run by Dexter Thompson but Lane’s attempted point after kick was blocked. Their final score came in the fourth quarter on a one yard run by DaQuan Doggett. Lane’s kick was good.

Summing up the game, Coach Ed Webb stated, “I thought we played better than before.” Referring to the Indians game by game improvement, even against one of the best teams in the Northern Neck District.

The coaching staff commented on the improved offensive line play.

Wesley Jackson was the Indians’ leading ground gainer with 87 yards in seven attempts. He also added a nifty 53-yard run back of the opening kickoff. Aaron Lewis had 39 yards in 13 carries, Kyle Elmore added 26 yards on four attempts, and Jordna Lee had 11 in four tries.

Lewis was nine of 24 for 60 yards through the air, but threw two interceptions. Jackson was 0-1 on his first threw of the season. Elmore had seven receptions for 47 yards, Zach Newman had one for 13 yards.

Quarterback Chris Graham was 2-4 for 12 yards, D.J. Weldon had six carries for 25 yards, Dexter Thompson had 26 carries for 225 yards and a touchdown, Gray had 14 carries for 104 yards with two touchdowns and Doggett had three carries for 19 yards with a touchdown.

Gray also caught a pass for five yards and Eric Mason had a reception for seven yards.

Around the district on Oct. 12, Lancaster won their homecoming over Rappahannock 47-8.

Rappahannock (4-3, 1-1) will have their homecoming game when they host Washington & Lee (5-2, 2-0) on Oct. 19. On the same night, Lancaster (4-3, 1-1) will travel to Essex (7-0, 2-0) and Colonial Beach (3-4, 0-2) will be at Northumberland (1-6, 0-2). All games start at 7 p.m.

Drifters drop second straight game

The Essex Trojans continued their winning ways Friday night defeating Northern Neck District foe Colonial Beach, 47-8, in Tappahannock.

Big plays were the order of the day, as the Trojans, now 7-0, put up a commanding lead early.

Dominek Broaddus threw five touchdowns finding DeAndre Baylor and Keith Bundy twice.

Rahiem Rolling scored two rushing touchdowns and Baylor also ran one in.

Colonial Beach Drifters

“Our defense played really well,” said Essex head coach John Fulks. “They did not execute perfectly, but they played well, and the quarterback distributed the ball well, and we had the big plays when we needed them,” he added.

The first big play of the night was a 35-yard touchdown pass from Broaddus to Baylor about halfway through the first quarter.

Broaddus found Bundy for a 20-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter.

Baylor ran from about three yards out to put up the third Trojan touchdown with about three minutes left in the half.  The missed two-point conversion made it 20-0 at the half.

Rolling scored from 20 yards out early in the third, and Broaddus connected with Baylor for the biggest play of the night, an 80-yard pass, that gave the Trojans a 33-0 lead late in the third quarter.

Broaddus found Bundy on a 57-yard pass play that made it 40-0 with only 23 seconds left in the third quarter.

Colonial Beach got on the board with three minutes left in the game as Tim McDowney scored on a short yardage strike. Dion Gonzalez added the two-point conversion.

But Essex was not done as Rolling registered a 66-yard run that set up Rolling’s four-yard touchdown run. Jason Compton’s kick made for the 47-8 final.

The Drifters fell to 3-4 with the loss.  “I think we would have been scrappier except we gave up three fourth and five plays, a third down and thirty touchdown and two third and fifteens,” said Colonial Beach head coach Scott Foster.  “If we could just hold – stop the big play,” it might have been different, he added.  “But we came in knowing they are a big play team.  We played a very good team, and we can make ourselves better if complete the plays we need to complete. If we just hold (together), it turns out better for us.”

On Oct. 12, Washington & Lee traveled to Northumberland and defeated them on homecoming 27-6, and in outside of Kilmarnock, Lancaster won their homecoming over Rappahannock 47-8.

Rappahannock (4-3, 1-1) will have their homecoming game when they host Washington & Lee (5-2, 2-0) on Oct. 19. On the same night, Lancaster (4-3, 1-1) will travel to Essex (7-0, 2-0) and Colonial Beach (3-4, 0-2) will be at Northumberland (1-6, 0-2). All games start at 7 p.m.

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