As Washington & Lee and Colonial Beach took the field at the Eagles Nest Friday night, both teams knew a home playoff game was at stake for the winner. For two quarters, the game played out like the rivalry it is, and it was anybody’s guess as to which team would prevail.
Colonial Beach had the ball first and started at its own 19-yard line. The Drifters methodically drove down field and got inside the W&L 30 before Jarret Sumiel intercepted Nick Graves at the five-yard-line. Both teams traded three and outs, and the first quarter ended with W&L taking over at their own three. W&L ran only four offensive plays in the first quarter, and the Drifters dominated both time of possession and field position.
The battlefield position continued to favor Colonial Beach early in the second quarter. Sumiel (5 carries, 56 yards) appeared to gain enough yardage for an Eagle first down only to fumble at the end of the play. Shamar Shanks recovered for the Drifters and returned to the W&L 10. Two plays later, however, Graves fumbled and Kaleel Pratt recovered for the Eagles.
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