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Not only did the Northern Neck Rivermen send a clear message to the rest of the Mason Dixon Football League with their punishing win over the Valley Tigers 34-8, but they did it with ease. Armed with an arsenal of speed on both sides of the line, the Rivermen, led by quarterback Gage Ford, moved the first down markers all night long. Ford finished the evening with more than 400 yards total, passing and running. With the victory, the Rivermen have take possession of first place in the MDFL over division rival the Fredericksburg Falcons.
“Gage is the perfect fit for our spread offense,” Rivermen head coach Dennis Corwell said. “We have designed draw plays for him, with five receivers spread out, he can take off and pick up 20-30 yards at a time.”
With a record of 3-1, the measure of their success has yet to be determined. More importantly, the most dangerous part of the Rivermen equation is that they haven’t unleashed their full offensive attack.
On defense the Rivermen smothered the Tigers’ running game to a mere 75 yards of total yardage. With the exception of a few receptions, the Rivermen defensive secondary rarely gave an inch to the Tigers.
In the first quarter, the Walt Covington scored the Rivermen’s first touchdown from 50 yards out. At the end of the first quarter, Ford connected with Wendell “Scoops” Lewis with a 20-yard touchdown. Behind 14-0, and less than two minutes to play in the half, the Valley Tigers struck back with a touchdown and two-point conversion to cut the Rivermen deficit to six points (14-8).
Scrambling, and using the clock to his advantage, Gage Ford found Josh Steel for a 7-yard touchdown, culminating an 80-yard scoring drive.
In the second half, the Rivermen continued to pound the visiting Tigers with a 30-yard touchdown to Covington and a 20-yard run by Ford.
Joining Brandon Foster amongst the ranks of Drifter legends is Mike Beall. During his high school career, Beall made a living off of planting ball carriers in the turf. Moreover, Beall’s jersey number 51, exemplified NFL great Dick Butkus — and judging by the Capitol Area Football League championships he led the Drifters too, Beall’s status in Drifter lore can never be questioned. Nowadays, he has moved to the other side of the line of scrimmage as the team’ center.
“Even though we have only a few Drifters on our roster, with Foster and Beall, we are excited about the prospects of recruiting more Colonial Beach kids,” Cornwell said.
On Friday, the Rivermen will face their toughest opponent thus far in the season, in the form of the South Virginia Trojans. The Virginia based team finished the season at 10-1 last year, and nearly won the district championship. The game will be played on the Rivermen’s home field, Monroe Park, at Colonial Beach High School. Game-time is 7:30 p.m. — be there!
Fans passionate about the game of football will witness a physical game that will test the intestinal fortitude of both teams.
Leonard M. Banks