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Drifters corral King & Queen Royal Tigers

On Monday night, in front of a captive audience, the Drifters (2-2) defeated King & Queen (1-3), 32-12. After a tough loss to Sussex Central last week, the Drifters redeemed themselves on both sides of the ball. Whether it was another banner rushing night by running back Dion Gonzalez or a game-changing interception by Tim McDowney, the Black & Gold left no doubt that they are a true competitor in the Northern Neck Division.


Longtime Colonial Beach sports fan Bill Childress celebrated his 293rd game as the Drifter manager.

Evenly matched on both sides of the ball, the Drifters methodically executed their version of the wing-T offense to perfection for most of the game. Gonzalez led the Drifters’ ground game with 167 yards on 12 carries, including a touchdown. As for the Tigers, Troy Washington finished the game with 138 yards on 15 carries.

On Saturday, the Drifters will travel to Mathew, while the Tigers will rest during their bye week. Game time at Mathews is 4 p.m. The first time the Drifters and Tigers competed against each other was in 1970, during their years in the Tidewater Division.

In the first quarter, during the Tigers initial possession, Washington busted up the interior of the Drifter defense to score a 40-yard touchdown.

Gonzalez gave the Drifters a lift in the latter part of the first quarter when he scored an 11-yard touchdown. Drifter quarterback Kiante Dickerson set up the score with a 21-yard run.

On the first Drifter drive of the second quarter, Jimmy Foster bolted up the gut of the Tigers defense for a 12-yard touchdown. The score was set up by Dickerson 32-yard completion to Josh Sanford.

On the ensuing drive, the Tigers grinded 7 minutes off of the clock before culminating a 69-yard, 20-play drive to tie the game at 12-12.

Undaunted, the Drifters struck back on the following kick-off, with Gonzalez lifting the fans from their seats with a 59-yard run back to the Tiger 21-yard line. Two plays later, at 2:27, Dickerson connected with his favorite receiver, Sanford, for a 9-yard touchdown to give his team a 18-12 lead.

During halftime the Drifters honored both football and cheerleader participants from the Colonial Beach Youth Athletic Association.

At 8:11 in the third quarter, the game was practically over when McDowney alertly intercepted a Tiger pass for a 7-yard touchdown — and a 26-12 Drifter lead.

In the fourth quarter, with 1:26 left in the game, Dez’John Parker scored the final Drifter touchdown from 4 yards out. 

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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