Drifters push to sectional semi-finals
The Colonial Beach Drifters extended their quest for a state championship last Friday. In their second meeting against the Lancaster Red Devils, the Drifters eliminated them with a 40-14 win.
This win extends Colonial Beach’s winning streak to four and will move them forward in the Division 1 Eastern Sectional Playoffs this weekend.
The Drifters jumped out to an early start hosting the Red Devils as quarterback Nick Graves and the Colonial Beach offense had their way at the line of scrimmage.
After the first quarter of play, Colonial Beach mounted a 22-0 lead, with strong plays from both sides of the ball.
Graves ran in the endzone twice for a touchdown, each for a three-yard score, followed by Shamar Shanks scoring on one of the two-point attempts. Before the quarter ended, Shanks ran in a 15-yard touchdown following the Red Devils’ failure to convert on a fourth and four situation. Colonial Beach’s defensive back Jaquan Lancaster was credited for an interception.
Colonial Beach was able to again use the clock to their advantage to start the second quarter. But Lancaster’s defensive back Ricky Gibson ripped the ball from receiver Sidney Horton to give the ball back to his team. The Lancaster offense failed to score on the ensuing drive, but Colonial Beach’s did not.
Before the half, Shanks connected on a pass to receiver Tim McDowney for a 16-yard touchdown. Graves punched in the two-point score to give the Drifters a 32-0 lead.
Lancaster mounted one of their most productive drives of the game to start the third quarter, covering 64 yards. But on a fourth and 10 on the Drifters’ 13-yard line, the Red Devils failed to continue the drive and turned the ball over on downs.
The Colonial Beach offense covered the rest of the field going in the other direction with the help of two costly penalties by the Red Devils. Colonial Beach’s running back Dion Gonzalez ended the drive on a 20-yard run for a touchdown followed by full back Josh Thomas scoring on the two-point conversion. Colonial Beach was ahead 40-0.
Lancaster’s receiver Chris Turner was in the right place at the right time heading into the fourth quarter. On a pass play intended for his teammate in the endzone, the ball was tipped in the air giving him space to grab it. Turner’s 22-yard reception for a touchdown followed by running back TreVaughan Davis scoring the extra two-points trimmed down the Colonial Beach 40-8 lead.
Kicking has been a challenge for the Red Devils, but it turned into a positive with under four minutes left in the game. On a bouncy kick by the Red Devils, special teams’ player Taj Smith was able to recover the football to give his team good field position. But the offense failed to reward him turning the ball back over to the Drifters.
In the next drive for the Drifters, Gibson forced another turnover intercepting a pass and scoring on an 83-yard return for a touchdown. The two-point attempt was no good.
Graves led the team in rushing with a total of 159 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns. He was followed closely by Dion Gonzalez with 157 yard on 14 carries with a touchdown; Shamar Shanks had eight carries for 53 yards and a touchdown; Carter Foster had three for 15 yards; Josh Thomas had a carry for five yards; McDowney had two for three yards; Dez’John Parker had two for two yards and Monti Goulde had two carries for a yard.
In the air, Graves was 3-3 for 59 yards, and Shanks was 2-2 for 28 yards and a touchdown.
Horton had three receptions for 61 yards; McDowney had one for 16 yards and touchdown; and Carlos Bermudez had a reception for 10 yards.
The Drifters will travel to third-seeded Central Lunenburg for a rematch after falling last year in the opening regional playoff round. Foster said he hopes after that meeting and a scrimmage against them will pay off this weekend.
LANC 0 0 8 6—14
CBEA 24 8 8 0—40