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Epic battle at Monroe Park

On Friday, Monroe Park in Colonial Beach became the scene of another epic battle between two cross-town rivals. For the third consecutive year, the King George (2-0) varsity football team defeated Colonial Beach High School (CBHS), 27-8. Born into this saga of double-A school versus single school was a gridiron chess-match played between the Foxes and Drifter coaching staffs.
Fans supporting both schools packed Monroe Park from end to end, with standing room-only areas provided for witnessing the Drifters’ debut into the 2010 regular season. Aside from the obvious fact that the Foxes’ 46-man roster seemed like an army compared to the Drifters 20-man contingent of players, fans witnessed a true account of iron-man football.
In the first quarter, the long-awaited war yielded a defensive stalemate. In fact, the first four possessions did not feature a first down for either team. However, later in the first quarter, after a Stephen Cocke interception, the Foxes offensive shifted in to fourth gear. With an opportunity to take the lead with a 35-yard field goal, the attempt fell aimlessly to the left.

Not to be outdone, King George took a 7-0 lead with 6:34 on the clock in the second quarter, as they engineered a six-play 52-yard drive, which culminated with a De’Shon Brown 38-yard touchdown run. If it were not for a Jacob Hoffmaster fumble recovery on the Drifters’ 7-yard line, the Foxes could have taken a two-touchdown lead into the locker-room at halftime.
In the third quarter, during the Foxes’ second possession, quarterback Tevin Jones bolted down the sides for a 87-yard touchdown. After missing the point after, the Foxes lead 13-0 with less than a minute to play in the third quarter. Jones finished the game with six carries for 102 yards and one touchdown.
In the final quarter, the Drifters offense finally discovered its passing game, as Kiante Dickerson connected with Randy Ruczynski for a 15-yard completion on the Foxes 13-yard line. Four plays later, Timmy Jackson scored from one yard out. Jackson also connected with Josh Sanford for a two-point conversion, cutting the Fox lead to 13-8.
During the Foxes’ second possession, running back D.J. Lewis set up the Foxes next score with a 25-yard run down to the Drifter 21-yard line. Lewis finished the game with 10 carries for 81 yards. Six plays later, Joe Walton increased the Foxes’ lead to 19-8 with a 5-yard touchdown. After the point after, King George sealed the Drifters fate as they lead 20-8.
Walton’s interception and 34-yard touchdown run on the Drifters’ next possession resulted in the game’s final score, 27-8.
For years, the Drifters have battled sports programs often times twice or three times their size, and more often than not, they have come out on the winning end. Remember, in football only 11 players from each team can play the game at one time. Former CBHS athletic director Wayne Kennedy described the Drifters as “killer bees.” Colonial Beach is the fifth smallest school in the state that competes in football.
After defeating Washington & Lee 28-12 and their recent victory over the Drifters, the Foxes own the bragging rights to area football.  Could this be the year that King George returns to form to contend for the Battlefield District championship?
In 2002, King George and Chancellor were declared co-district champions — and the last time the Foxes competed for the AA State Championship was in 1996, during the era of Freddie Brooks, John Parker and Jonathan Parker.
As the season unfolds, and the talents of Walton, Cocke, Jones, Lewis, De’ Shon Brown finally reach their peak, it will be interesting to see where the 2010 Foxes finish. Stay tuned, it’s about to get hot in the Battlefield!
On Friday, the Drifters (0-1) travel to Manassas Park (2-0), the Foxes will host Goochland (1-1). Both games begin at 7:30 p.m.

Leonard M. Banks
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