One thing is for sure: the homecoming football game at W&L was an intense game with a ton of great plays. Unfortunately for our Eagles and their fans, the game did not end soon enough to earn the win. For the first time in 20 meets, Northumberland defeated Washington and Lee 45-33.
The game started, as usual, with the Eagles scoring an early touchdown, James Kelly, Jr on a 7 yard run. Jacob Ristau hit the PAT and W&L led 7-0 for a short time. The Indians capitalized on their adrenaline and posted a score with their every possession in the first half. The teams hit the half way mark with the score 25-14, the visitors ahead.
In the second half the Eagles had their heads up and were determined to answer the calls of the homecoming crowd. Winning the onside kick off, W&L continued the march to the end zone. Northumberland answered with a 74 yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Terrance Drake. The scoring frenzy continued with Kelly scoring his 3rd TD for the night bringing the score to 32-27 with two and a half minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
The Eagles defense held tight forcing a turnover on downs from the Indians which gave them decent field position on the 34 yard line. On a one and goal with the ball on the 6 yard line, Kelly slammed into an Indian wall and was stripped of the football. With quick reflex, Alonzo Brown recovered the fumble in the end zone for the TD and the lead 33-32. There was 10:37 left in the game.
As the rain misted down and the field and ball became wet, the Indians proved they wanted the win. W&L turned over the ball twice (a fumble and an interception) while Northumberland scored as many touchdowns. Game over for the Eagles 45-33. The Indians better their record to 5-2 and will travel to Colonial Beach next week.
Head Coach Joe Taylor humbly took the blame of the loss on himself. “We saw it coming. We know at some point our lack of discipline will come back and bite us.” Taylor recognized the teams varying performance. “Coaching points from game to game have not changed. We have not implemented them consistently.” True Coach, but one defeat out of 7 games is still a good season. We are confident in our Eagles and know Coach Taylor will do his best lead the team to more victories. “We are a talented, good, football team” “I know we are better.”
W&L is now 6-1 and will travel to Rappahannock High in Warsaw next Friday night. Our next home game will be against Colonial Beach on November 3.