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Drifters remain alive in the playoff hunt


Don't count the Drifters out. After a nightmarish 43-6 lost against Northern Neck league-leading Essex (4-0, 8-0) last week, the Drifters (4-4, 2-1) bounced back by defeating Northumberland, 26-6.

The Drifter offense ground out 319 offensive yards against the Indians’ 215 yards. Seven different Drifter runners touched the ball for 253 yards. Leading all rushers was Travis Cundiff who rushed for 128 yards on 15 carries, featuring one touchdown. On the season, Cundiff has carried the ball 100 times for 856 yards, including nine touchdowns.

Leading a sea of unsung heroes is multi-sport standout Dylan Farinet. Throughout the season, Farinet has courageously played with an injured leg, yet somehow he has found a way to keep his team alive in the playoff hunt. While fans are accustomed to seeing him move the first down markers after scrambling for crucial yardage, connect with Josh Sanford and Randy Ruczynski for touchdowns, or witnessing the senior absorb countless hits after he has passed the ball, they may not realize what a true field general Farinet has been for the pass two seasons. When its all said and done, Farinet’s name will be embedded into Drifter legend.
For the season, Farinet has passed for 785 yards on 104 attempts, including 12 touchdowns. During the game, his receiving core recorded the following statistics: Timmy Jackson, 1-6; Josh Sanford, 3-50 (1 touchdown); Paul Roberson, 1-17.

Defensively, the Drifters were led by Paul Roberson, Timmy Jackson, Aaron Dickerson, Mikey Phillips, Alex Gorfida, Michael Jackson and Cundiff. The “Black & Gold” accounted for eight sacks, two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries.

In 1 minute and 22 seconds, Cundiff got the ball rolling for the Drifters with a first-quarter, 58-yard touchdown. After a defensive stalemate that lasted into the final 35 seconds of the second quarter, the Drifters struck pay dirt again when Farinet connected with Sanford for a 39-yard touchdown.

In the third quarter, on the Drifters first possession, after Cundiff bolted 34 yards down to the Indians 15-yard line, thee plays later, Dickerson scored from three yards out, giving the Beach a three touchdown lead. After the two-point conversion, the Drifters lead 24-0.

With less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Indians escaped a shutout when Travious Adams connected with Kyle Hall for a 24-yard touchdown.

The game’s final score came during a safety against the Indians when Adams mishandled the ball in the end zone.

The victory put the Drifters back in the hunt for the fourth seed playoff spot that was once occupied by Lancanster (2-2, 6-2). The Red Devils’ 48-30 loss against Essex on Friday made playoff implications more interesting. When you consider that there are two games remaining in the regular season, and this week’s games featuring the Drifters at Lancaster on Nov. 6 (game time 7 p.m.), and the final game with Washington & Lee (second place in the Northern Neck, 3-0, 7-1) hosting Colonial Beach, life in the fast lane has the potential to get interesting.

While the three straight losses during the beginning of the season accounted for the loss of Virginia High School League power points, the “Black & Gold” have proven time and time again that its not over until the fat lady has sung her second chorus. Stay tuned.

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

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