Scott Foster and the Colonial Beach Football Team return this season short on numbers again, but confident with some rising talent added to the cause. While the Drifters ball club has improved in the postseason in the past two seasons, Foster explained that it’s about time for them to come in with a confident attitude.
“We’ve been preaching ‘you know it’s time for you to have a little swagger.’ Six or seven years we’ve been to the playoffs and it’s about time we start
acting like it,” Foster said.
Last year when the Drifters took the field was during the Division 1 Eastern Sectional Playoffs after falling in the second round at Central Lunenburg, 28-0. This came after a four game winning streak including an emotional 12-0 win over their intercounty and district rival Washington & Lee. The Drifters finished with an overall record of 7-5, 3-2 in the district.
But this year is a new season with some familiar faces and newcomers that Foster is excited to have available. He also inherits members of the 2012 regular season champion JV football team.
Quarterback Nick Graves returns to the team expected to start for a second year leading the single wing offense and a little bit of spread formations.
Wide receiver Shamar Shanks will most likely have the biggest shoes to fill on offense, Foster said, replacing graduating senior running back Dion Gonzalez. Shanks will also see time on defense as well, Foster added.
Joining Shanks on defense are top returners DezJohn Parker, Carter Foster and newcomer Lamar Lucas.
A challenge every year for the Drifters will be with backups, but no news in Colonial Beach, Foster added.
“I’m never going to be here and coach 40 guys on varsity. We’re going to get our 23 or 24, train the heck out of them, run a lot and practice hard. That’s Colonial Beach football,” Foster said.
Colonial Beach welcomes back standouts from the 2007-2008 award-winning teams on the coaching staff including Brent Steffey, Pay Ey, Terry Bushrod and Russell Fields.
The team lost 14 seniors including Gonzalez, Josh Thomas, Tim McDowney, Nick Putman, Sidney Horton, Carlos Bermudez, Jaquan Lancaster, Mike McGorda, Devonte Harris, Mark Singleton, Aaron Fisher, Jason Vickery, Wally Reed and Devin Davis and Gonzalez.
Last season the Drifters defeated Washington & Lee, Lancaster and Northumberland, but fell to Rappahannock and soon-to-be state finalist Essex.
at Charles City: 37-12 (w)
King George: 34-0 (l)
at Sussex Central: 50-14 (l)
at King & Queen: 41-6 (w)
Mathews: 46-6 (w)
Rappahannock: 35-12 (l)
at Essex: 47-8 (l)
at Northumberland: 51-26 (w)
Lancaster: 66-36 (w)
W&L: 12-0 (w)
Lancaster (playoffs): 40-14 (w)
at Lunenburg (playoffs): 28-0
Colonial Beach Football Schedule
Editor’s note: All teams scheduled are classified as 1A unless otherwise stated
Aug. 30: King & Queen at Colonial Beach 7
Sept. 13: Colonial Beach at Franklin
Sept. 20: Sussex Central at Colonial Beach 7
Sept. 27: Colonial Beach at King George (4A) 7
Oct. 4: Charles City at Colonial Beach 7*
Oct. 11: Colonial Beach at Rappahannock 7*
Oct. 18: Essex at Colonial Beach 7
Oct. 25: Northumberland at Colonial Beach 7
Nov. 1: Colonial Beach at Lancaster 7
Nov. 8: Colonial Beach at Washington & Lee 7