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On Friday evening, Black & Gold fever filled the stands and the fences at Monroe Park, in Colonial Beach.
Redemption has its spoils, and the Drifters’ 62-8 homecoming victory over the Charles City Panthers has given Colonial Beach a renewed source of motivation, as the season moves into the second phase.
On both sides of the ball, the Drifters were dominant. While their offense compiled 375 total yards, including never having to punt, the Drifters defense had a field day against their visitors from the south. Along with three interceptions that led to touchdowns, they limited the Panthers to 8 points, 155 total yards, two sacks, and a special teams play that resulted in a touchdown. The win improved the Drifters record to 2-3, while the Panthers (0-5) continue to suffer seasonal woes.
After a tough 1-3 start, Drifter head coach Scott Foster had found a way to motivate his team, as they prepare to make a push for post-season play. “Our team played well, and we needed this game,” Foster said. “We knew we were battle tested, after coming off games featuring Franklin, Sussex, and King George. I told them to keep the same intensity that you had in those three games, and it will pay off.”
In the first quarter, the Drifters marched 82 yards on their opening drive for the game’s first score. Dez’John Parker scored on a two-yard pass from Nick Graves. Lamar Lucas (5-52 yards), and Graves (4-26 yards) set up the touchdown. Lucas later finished the game with 11 carries for 88 yards. Graves ended the game with two passing touchdowns (8-5-90), and one touchdown reception. He also rushed for 38 yards on six carries.
The Drifters ended the first quarter with a nine play, 93-yard drive that ended inside the Panthers’ red-zone. Shamar Shanks opened the second quarter with a four-yard touchdown run. After the missed two-point conversion, the Drifters led, 14-0.
On the ensuing Panther possession, Drifter lineman Brandon Buzby stripped JaQuane Wyatt of the ball, causing the game’s first turnover. The Drifters quickly capitalized on the Panther fumble, with a Nick Graves nine-yard touchdown reception from Shanks.
In the face of a 20-0 Drifter lead, the Panthers offense continued to sputter. To make matters worse for Charles City, with 39 seconds left in the half, Drifter linebacker, Dez’John Parker intercepted a pass from Khairi Wyatt, and promptly ran it back from 14 yards into the end zone.
During halftime, the Charles City Panther Marching Band, and the crowning of Kaitlyn Proffitt (2013 Drifter homecoming queen), Monte Gould (2013 Drifter homecoming king) kept fans entertained.
At the start of the third quarter, the Panthers’ woes continued. On fourth down, Panther punter Michael Callahan kicked the ball into one of his teammates, where Drifter linebacker, Cameron Headley alertly picked the ball and scored from 13-yards out to extend the Drifters score to 36-0.
With 8:14 left in the third quarter, the Panthers managed to avoid the shutout with a touchdown reception from Khairi Wyatt to James Atkins.
On the Drifters following drive, it took them three minutes, two seconds, and seven plays to score on a two-yard touchdown reception to Mike Mothershead from Graves. The score was set up by a 31-yard run from Shanks.
Although the score was visibly out of reach, the Drifters defense came up huge with two-back-to-back interceptions that resulted in touchdowns, from Shanks (47-yards), and LaShaad Thompson (43-yards). With less than four minutes in the game, AJ Phillips completed the Drifters’ scoring with a one-yard touchdown.
On Friday, the Drifters will travel to play unbeaten Rappahannock (5-0). Game time is 7 p.m.