- Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2010 16:42
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Black & Gold fever was in its highest form at Monroe Park last Friday night.
Ball control and a solid performance was exhibited by the entire cast of Drifter ironmen. The Drifters (1-0, 4-2) smothered the Rappahannock Raiders (0-1, 2-4) on both sides of the ball for four straight quarters for their fourth win (29-7) in a row.
On a cold, windy evening Drifter tight end Randy Ruczynskiâ€™s hands snared five catches for 67 yards, including two touchdowns. Ruczynskiâ€™s teammate, Timmy Jackson had another banner game with 101 yards on 12 carries that featured a 42-yard touchdown run. Kiante Dickerson completed seven out of 10 passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Fullback
Damien Eiras dragged and ran over would-be tacklers for 47 yards on 11 carries. Josh Sanford finished the game with one catch for 10 yards and one carry for a 7-yard touchdown.
On the Driftersâ€™ first possession, Jackson brought the partisan Colonial Beach crowd to their feet with a 42-yard touchdown. The aforementioned drive ate up nearly 9 minutes off of the clock.
In the second half, the Drifters duplicated their scoring efforts on another 70-yard drive. Confused over the single-wing offense, Raider tacklers fell over each other as Josh Sanford scored from 7 yards out.
In the second half, Dickerson connected with Ruczynski for two touchdowns to complete the Drifter scoring. The Raiders managed to elude a shutout with DeAndre Garner five-yard run.
Currently the Drifters are in third place behind their next opponent Essex â€” and quietly flying under the radar in the Northern Neck District. With Region A playoff implications on the line, the Drifters will surely have bring their A-game next Friday if they have any hope of defeating the Trojans.
â€śAgainst a team like Essex we canâ€™t afford to have costly penalties like we did tonight that killed or stalled a few of our drives,â€ť Drifter varsity head coach Jeremy Jack said. â€śNo to mention, we must secure the ball and eliminate turnovers if we hope to have a chance against a powerhouse like Essex.â€ť
Lancaster is in first place with a 2-0, 6-0 record. From this point on, life in the Northern Neck will not be a walk in the park. Stay tuned.
Leonard M. Banks