Eyes set on MDFL playoffs
Seven games into the season and a victory for each one has proven to the Mason Dixon Football League that the Northern Neck Rivermen are viable contenders for this year’s championship. While the team is in the hunt to reach the playoffs, the offense and special teams still need to prove to their coach they can capitalize on scoring.
Failing to convert points in the red zone at least three times due to penalties in last Saturday’s 42-6 win over the Virginia Hornets was disappointing to
Tim Short, of the Northern Neck Rivermen, had a total of 104 yards on six catches to go along with two touchdowns in the team’s win over the Virginia Steelers, 42-6.
“We have to still learn how to score when we have opportunities to score and we can’t have special team mistakes,” Cornwell said.
He added that the Rivermen will definitely need to improve in those areas as they prepare to compete for a home field advantage for the playoffs. In order to do so, the Rivermen must win their next two games, one against the Virginia Steelers at home and the other on the road against the Arbutus Big Red.
Cornwell said the Steelers have improved since their last game against the team from Virginia and will not take any of the teams lightly.
“We can’t underestimate those guys when they come here in two weeks. We have got to be ready to play,” Cornwell said.
On Sept. 24, the Rivermen extended their winning streak to seven defeating, for the second time this season, the Virginia Hornets, 42-6.
Receiver Tim Short had a total of 104 yards on six catches to go along with two touchdowns on the night. In the running game, Mike Vann ran for a total of 106 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Quarterback Walt Covington led the team throwing 13-24 for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Covington gave up two interceptions to the Titans.
On defense, Larry Catlett, Chris Campbell and Tony Russell each intercepted a pass from the Titans, while Sid Thompson recovered two fumbles. Devonte Reynolds led the team with six solo tackles and Justin Kelly with 3.5 sacks.
On Sept. 7, the Rivermen will play their final home game of the regular season at 7 p.m. against the Virginia Steelers. Two road games await the Rivermen traveling to Arbutus on Sept. 14 and to the Virginia Silverbacks in Charlottesville on Sept. 21. Game times are at 7 p.m.
Follow the Rivermen on Facebook for updates. The team’s home games are played at King George High School. For more information, call 540-845-1009.
The Rivermen are in their fourth year and are comprised of players from around the region that enjoy playing the game. The organization also has proven to be a stepping-stone for players that desire to compete on the collegiate and professional level.