Football Update: Colonial Beach, W&L

Drifters move forward with district win

The Colonial Beach Drifters ended their two game losing streak, extending Northumberland’s to five after defeating the Indians 51-26 last Friday.

Colonial Beach Head Coach Scott Foster said at this point in the season, every win is mandatory for their success.

Colonial Beach Drifters

“Team wise we needed it. We’re coming off of two straight losses,” said Foster. “From this game on we have to treat every match like it is a playoff.”

On Oct. 19, Northumberland fans celebrated Senior Night for the outgoing seniors, with the game marking the end of their home schedule for the 2012 season.

As the Indians’ fans said goodbye to four graduating seniors, the Drifters took advantage of a depleted opposing squad by scoring on four runs of 46 yards or longer.

Two of those came in the final period of play as the defensive unit for the Indians had been worn down in a hard fought, physical battle.

Colonial Beach took the opening kick off and drove down the field, scoring on a 50-yard run by Dion Gonzalez. Gonzalez also ran in the two-point conversion.

On their next series, the Drifters tried the airways, but were shut off when Indians’ Aaron Lewis got the interception. On that series of downs, Lewis took advantage of an opening, racing 34 yards for Northumberland’s first score. The attempted two-point run was no good.

The Drifters scored the only touchdown in the second period on an eight-yard run by Nick Graves. Gonzalez added the two points after.

In the third quarter, Northumberland took the opening kick-off but seemed to be stopped. However on a fourth and long, Lewis went back to punt but instead took the snap and ran for the first down. This set up a half-back option pass with Wesley Jackson finding an open Kyle Elmore over the middle and Elmore providing the speed on a 47-yard touchdown play. Jackson ran in the two points.

Colonial Beach responded with three touchdowns to put the game away.

In the final period of play, the Indians drove for two more scores both on passes from Lewis to Elmore. The first for 11 yards and the second from the two-yard line following a Colonial Beach fumble. Neither extra point try was good.

The Drifters also added more points late in the period on long runs through an obviously tired and short-handed Indian defense.

Foster said his team was prepared for Friday’s game and he thought his offense did well minus their two throws for interceptions.

As for the defense, Foster said his players missed 43 tackles. He hopes to correct that soon.

“That was not good,” Foster said. “We’ve got Lancaster at home this week and we just have to tackle better.”

Gonzalez ended the night with 24 carries for 195 yards to go along with a touchdown. He was followed by Shamar Shanks with four carries for 101 yards with two touchdowns; and Timmy McDowney had seven carries for 79 yards and a touchdown. Graves had nine carries for 75 yards and DezJohn Parker had four carries for 55 yards with one touchdown.

Around the district on the same night, Rappahannock defeated Washington & Lee at home 14-13 and Lancaster fell to Essex on the road 55-6.

On Oct. 26, Colonial Beach (4-4, 1-2) will host Lancaster (4-4, 1-2) and Northumberland (1-7, 0-3) will travel to Rappahannock (5-3, 2-1). Both games begin at 7 p.m.

On Oct. 27, Essex (8-0, 3-0) will travel to Washington & Lee (5-3, 2-1) for a 1 p.m. game.

 

Eagles drop to Raiders, 14-13

The Rappahannock Raiders (5-3, 2-1) scored a special homecoming victory Friday night, defeating Northern Neck District rival Washington and Lee 14-13, in what was the Raiders’ first football win over the Eagles (5-3, 2-1) in recent memory.

“It feels very good to have this win behind us, as I have been sharing with our current and former players.  This was a big win for us,” said Raider Coach William West. “This was a huge step in the right direction for us.”

Washington & Lee Eagles

The Class of 1987 added an extra cheering section in the far end zone as they celebrated their 25th year as Raider alumni and fans packed the stands on both sides of the field.

During halftime activities, Rachel Berger was named the homecoming queen.

The larger crowd added extra enthusiasm to the game and helped the Raiders find the effort they needed late in the game, West said.  “It was about the spirit of this team, finding the right spirit.  We have been fighting this battle for a long time.”

West added that on Friday night there was no backing down, regardless of the team or adversity.

The Raider defense came up big, scoring a touchdown and containing W&L’s dangerous offense in several key situations.  Tylek Sorrell raced away with a fumble, going 70 yards to put Rappahannock up 14-0 mid-way through the second quarter.

Aaron Rock provided another all-around contribution, catching a five-yard pass from quarterback Will Hoover in the opening minutes to give the Raiders an early lead, kicking two extra points and grabbing what was a game-ending onside kick attempt by the Eagles.

The game turned on a penalty in the waning moments.  The Eagles had driven into the Raiders’ red zone and scored on a running play, but the touchdown was called back by a holding penalty.  Moments later, on the same drive the Eagles scored on a short-yardage pass to make the score, 14-13.  The momentum seemed to shift and the Eagles looked poised to make the game-winning two-point conversion, which would have been from the Raider three-yard line.  But when Eagles’ receiver Dexter Thompson caught the ball, he threw it up in the air, which was an immediate excessive celebration penalty for 15 yards.  That put Eagles at the Raider 18-yard line with 35 seconds left.  On the W&L two-point attempt, Rappahannock’s Aaron Rock intercepted the pass.

Moments later, the Eagles attempted an onside kick and Rock was there again to fall on the ball and effectively end the game.

W&L’s D.J. Weldon scored on a 25-yard run mid-way through the second quarter and the kick made it 14-7 at the half.  Weldon had probably the best night on the Eagles’ side of the ball.  Besides the touchdown, he also recovered a fumble.

Around the district on the same night, Rappahannock defeated Washington & Lee at home 14-13 and Lancaster fell to Essex on the road 55-6.

On Oct. 26, Colonial Beach (4-4, 1-2) will host Lancaster (4-4, 1-2) and Northumberland (1-7, 0-3) will travel to Rappahannock (5-3, 2-1). Both games begin at 7 p.m.

On Oct. 27, Essex (8-0, 3-0) will travel to Washington & Lee (5-3, 2-1) for a 1 p.m. game.

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm