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At the start of the season, many thought the Drifters were in a rebuilding phase. When you consider the litany of stars who have graduated in the past four years, and the compelling nature of their ability to remain a competitive entity in the Northern Neck, rival coaches and players continue to be mystified. As new Drifter stars taking their names into the spotlight, the single wing offense has shifted back to the familiar big-play offensive style that it was known for.
The most recent 21-8 victory over Northumberland and their current first place standing in the Northern Neck has shaken up the Northern Neck District. In fact, the long awaited Drifter homecoming game featuring perennial powerhouse Lancaster versus Colonial Beach will take place this Friday at Monroe Park.
After a scoreless first quarter against Northumberland, the Drifters scored a touchdown in each of the last three quarters of the game. In the first quarter, Dion Gonzalez scored from 6 yards out. Gonzalez finished the game with five carries for 35 yards.
Timmy Jackson bolted in for a 3-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Jackson finished the game as the top rusher with 96 yards on 18 carries. As the team’s leading rusher, Jackson has 687 yards on 102 carries, and averages 6.74 per carry.
Kiante Dickerson completed 9-yard touchdown pass to Randy Ruczynski. Ruczynski has caught four touchdowns in the last three games. Ruczynski is among the top receivers in the Northern Neck with 14 receptions for 228 yards and five touchdowns for the season.
Josh Sanford was perfect throughout the game with point after kicks, which have the potential of changing the course of the game. Sanford’s teammate Damien Eiras is a hidden intangible that has performed consistently from day one. Eiras finished the game with 61 yards on 12 carries.
The Indians managed to elude the shutout in the fourth quarter as Chris Waller connected to Jalen Conaway for a 50-yard pass.
Currently in second place, Lancaster will throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at the Black & Gold in their attempt to regain first place in the Northern Neck. The Red Devils are coming off a 35-13 loss against Essex.
“We can’t expect to be successful turning the ball over five times in a game — especially against teams like Lancaster,” Drifter varsity head coach Jeremy Jack said. “We’re still proud of the turnaround that we made after our 0-2 start, but realize there is a lot of the season left in our remaining two games against two very good teams. Lancaster will be ready to play after their tough loss to Essex — so we must be ready to match their intensity and desire to win.”
Two weeks ago the Drifters defeated the Trojans, 17-16, with a field goal in the final seconds of the game. With two games remaining in the season and Region playoff berths on the line, third place Essex (3-1, 4-3) and fourth place Washington & Lee (2-1, 5-3) will be chomping the bit for an opportunity to continue playing after the regular season. VHSL power points are now a precious commodity as the curtain begins to fall on the regular season.
Are the Drifters a team of destiny, with the sum of each individual effort equal to the overall measure of the team’s ability to overcome adversity and prevail in the end? Stay tuned, as the dust settles on the Northern Neck.
Drifters cheerleading team wins NN title
Last Wednesday at Colonial Beach High School the Drifters cheerleading team won the Northern Neck District championship, and qualified for to compete in the Region A cheer championship. The event will take place Nov. 3, at King William High School, at 7 p.m. The Drifters have now officially won back-to-back District championships. Also, competition coach Jennifer Grigsby was honored as Northern Neck Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. Jimmie Foster was honored with the Most Valuable Player award.
Along with winning the title, the following performers on the team earned awards: All-Academic Team (3.4 GPA or higher): Taylor Lee, Madison Gorfida, Carley Graves, Danielle Galloway, Lexi Brandon, Jessie Walters, Emily Snyder.
All-District First Team: Carley Graves (base), Danielle Graves (base), Kim Dutcher (base), Summer Muse (flyer), Angela Rose (all-around), Jimmie Foster (all-around).
Leonard M. Banks