- Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2008 05:00
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On Saturday, neither frigid temperatures or a failing economy could keep the Drifter faithful from witnessing the Group A Region A Virginia High School Regional Championship at Colonial Beach. Although the Franklin County [10-2, 5-0] finally managed to defeat the Drifters [11-1, 5-0] on their fourth attempt in two years 16-14 for the championship, the victory did not come easy.
The game was a seesaw like battle to the final seconds. Drifter running back Travis Cundiff scored the first Drifter touchdown, by busting through the right side of the Broncos interior line. The Broncos started the second quarter with a fumble, which resulted in a 56-yard scoring drive, with Travis Cundiff scoring from 26-yards out.
At the start of the second quarter, Bronco running back Isaiah Hudson coughed up a fumble, placing the Drifters offense on the Franklin 36-yard line. Eleven plays later, Cundiff scores the Drifter second and final touchdown from 15-yards out.
In a strange twist of fate, Drifter defensive back, TT Carey intercepted a Bronco pass, but fumbled the ball back to Bronco defensive back, Malik Brown, who promptly ran down to the Drifter 5-yard line. On a second and goal, Hudson scored from five yards out. Hudson also scored the two-point conversion.
Although the Broncos never put together a lengthy scoring drive, their defense thwarted three potential Drifter scores in the first half.
In the third quarter, the Broncos scoring hopes were temporarily stalled after Deshawn Views tackled Hudson for a loss on forth down, on the Drifters two-yard line. On the ensuing drive, Bronco lineman Lacurt Boone recovered a Drifter fumble in the end zone, which tied the game at 14-14. Moments later, Hudson converted his second two-point conversion of the game, giving the Broncos a two-point lead, 16-14.
With the clock running out, the Drifters made one last ditch effort to win the game. After another Drifter defensive stand, halting a Bronco drive deep in Franklin territory on the 15-yard line, Drifter fullback Chad Inscoe on a draw play, rumbled down to the seven-yard line. Three plays later, the Broncos became the 2008 Regional champions, when they stopped Farinet two yards short of the goal line.
Now there is only one game separating the Broncos from competing the for their third State Championship in three years, life in the fast lane will not get any easier. Their next opponent, William Campbell [11-0, 6-0], from the Dogwood-A District defeated last year’s State Champion, Buffalo Gap on Friday. How tough are the Generals? Not only did they end the Bison’s 26-game winning streak for the Region B Division 1 Regional Championship, but also they did what no other opponent has done this season.
Last season, the Bison’s narrowly defeated the Generals in the Regional Championship, 29-28. The Generals defense has dominated opponents this season, by giving up 76 points, while their offense has scored 501 points.
The 2008 Drifter varsity football season featured one of the best seasons in school history. From the starters to the supporting cast, the team played as a family.
Leonard Banks, Sports Editor