Eagles fall in opening playoff round, 35-7
Washington & Lee’s Varsity Football Team (5-6, 2-3) concluded their season falling in the first round of the Division 2 Eastern Sectional Playoffs last Friday. It marked the team’s fourth straight loss following a challenging season for the Eagles
On Nov. 9, ninth-seeded W&L travelled to eighth-seeded East Rockingham and was eliminated from competition following a 35-7 loss.
The Eagles kept the game close, but it was East Rockingham that mounted a number of scoring drives in the final quarter to put the game out of reach.
W&L’s quarterback Dwayne Cherry connected with receiver Jarrett Sumiel for the only touchdown score for the Eagles. Alex Lane’s kick gave the Eagles the extra point.
Cherry ended the night throwing the ball for 24 yards completing 2-4 passes, but threw one interception.
Running back Dexter Thompson racked up 110 yards on the ground after 15 carries. He was followed by Cherry for 13 yards on nine carries, Kwame Gray with three yards on two carries.
Around the district, Essex knocked out 16th-seeded Luray (3-8) 28-12 and eighth-seeded Rappahannock (6-5) was dropped at home to Covington (5-5) 51-28.
Youth harriers compete in state championships
High school level long-distance running concluded with three Northern Neck District Teams and two qualifiers competing this past weekend. With the season coming to a close, the future looks bright for some highly ranked underclassmen expecting to return next season.
On Nov. 10, the boys’ cross country team from Washington & Lee finished 11th in the state followed by Lancaster in 12th. In the girls’ event, W&L’s sophomore Kathryn Beddoo led her team in 15th place with a time of 20:55. She was followed by freshman Emma Oliver in 49th with a time of 22:36, senior Taylor Lewis finishing 59th with a time 22:59, sophomore Anna Sisson in 77th with a time of 23:53, senior Lidia Cardenas in 87th with a time of 24:31, senior Rachel Pegelow in 107th with a time 26:54 and freshman Serena Thompson in 108th with 28:46.
Freshman Hasan Gill led his team finishing 32nd with a time of 18:04. He was followed by senior Hudson Hutt in 50th with a time 18:30, sophomore Zach Bowen in 52nd with a time 18:30, senior Emmanuel Valdez in 60th with a time of 18:47, sophomore Jacob Daiger in 65th with a time 18:58, sophomore James Snider in 72nd with a time 19:23 and junior Moss Oviedo in 78th with a time of 19:46.