A ninth consecutive win this coming weekend could give the Northern Neck Rivermen the Mason Dixon Football League North Division Championship. But the undefeated Rivermen will have to perform well in a place historically they have struggled.
“I told the guys its tough to beat Arbutus at home and this week has to be the best practice we’ve ever had,” Cornwell said.
Faced with earning a division title and clinching home field advantage, the stakes are high for the Northern Neck Rivermen as they prepare to travel to Arbutus to take on the Big Red.
Should the Rivermen fail to win, the coaching staff will have to monitor the head-to-head point total from both meetings to determine who is the division champ. The Rivermen defeated the Big Red in King George 27-7 earlier this season. If the Rivermen stay ahead of the Big Red on the scoreboard they could see all of their playoff wishes come true.
“The most important games are the ones that are left and we are the ones who hold our futures in our hands,” Cornwell said to his team.
Kickoff at Arbutus is at 7 p.m.
On Sept. 7, the Rivermen won their eighth straight game this season defeating the visiting Virginia Steelers, 68-6, led by quarterback Walt Covington throwing for 398 yards (17-31) and seven touchdowns. Kenneth Beath was 1-4 for two yards.
Adeola Ogunwenmo led the team on the ground rushing three times for 12 yards. In the air, wide receiver Tim Short had a total of five receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Kicker Barrett Hollingsworth was 3-3 on the night for extra points.
Returner Mike Howard opened the game with a 103-yard return for a touchdown.
On defense, RJ Jones led the team with five solo tackles and an interception leading to a touchdown from 40-yards out. Derrick Manning, Chris Campbell and Laslow Pickett each forced a fumble. Sid Thompson, Shon Gaskins-Tate and Garrett Husar, Campbell and Manning each collected a fumble.
Last Saturday, the Rivermen held a benefit game for the King George High School Athletics Department.
The Rivermen will end the regular season playing the Virginia Silverbacks in Charlottesville on Sept. 21. Game time is at 7 p.m.
The first round of the playoffs begins on Oct. 5, then Oct. 12 for the second round and lastly the championship on Oct. 19. All locations and times still to be determined.
The Mason Dixon Football League All Stars will face the stars of the Tru Football League on Oct. 26. Game time and locations still to be determined.
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The Rivermen are in their fourth year of the and are comprised of players from around the region that enjoy playing the game and has proven to be it as a stepping stone to compete on the collegiate and professional level.
Rushing: W. Covington 4-4, B. Reynolds 1-10, T. Short 1-(-5), A. Ogunwenmo 3-12 and C. Wilson 1-6 TD
Receiving: M. Howard 2-36 TD, B. Reynolds 3-87 TD, J. Weldon 2-65 TD, T. Short 5-169 2TD, A. Ogunwenmo 3-8 TD, C. Wilson 1-5, D. Jackson 2-30 TD