- Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 05:49
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They are the warriors that time will never forget. Like Roman gladiators, they have no fear, and the very thought of ironman football fuels their desire to represent the “Black & Gold” to the bitter end. It’s that time of the year again for Drifter varsity football.
With a scrimmage against Rappahannock under their belts, Drifter fans will have an opportunity to see their favorite sons battle Spotsylvania under the shadows of Monroe Park.
With the season underway, and his roster in check, Drifter varsity head coach Scott Foster is anxiously awaiting the start of the regular season—when the real games matter. “We will do what we always do at Colonial Beach, we will get in shape, push our kids to the limit, and try to out-coach our opponents—that is the way it’s always been done here.”
With the absence of playmaker, Dion Gonzalez due to graduation, the Drifters will have to rely on the skills of quarterback, Nick Graves, and wing-back, Shamar Shanks. Graves will be instrumental in creating big plays through the air, and on the ground, while Shanks will have to lift the team with his ability to break away into open field. “It makes me feel good, knowing that I have to step up and be a leader, while carrying the team every game,” Shanks said. “I feel stronger and faster this season, and ironman football should not be an issue; it makes us step up and play harder.”
Peering into the Drifter roster, they are strong, as far as starters, but short of depth. They will have to count on players such as Carter Foster and Dez’John Parker to fill the gaps. However, when has depth ever been a non-issue with Colonial Beach? They seem to find a way to pull a rabbit out the hat, when teams least expect it. In 2007, they nearly won it all, but narrowly lost in the State semi-finals, to the eventual state champions, Buffalo Gap.
Having a small team the size of 22 players is nothing new to the Drifters. Interestingly, they fielded nearly the same number of players last season, when they posted three straight wins at the end of the season—including their first win in school history against Washington & Lee (12-0), and a Region post-season victory against Lancaster (40-14), before falling to Lunenburg Central (28-0).
Along with his usual coaching staff of Pat Ey and Keith Dickerson, Foster has added Drifter alumni standouts Brent Steffey, Terry Bushrod and Russell Fields.
The Drifters will host King & Queen for the first game of the season, on Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. Nothing will be easy for the Drifters this season, as they begin the VHSL format classification (1A Division, Conference 43). After battling King & Queen they will have to recharge their batteries to face Franklin, Sussex, and King George.
There will be no rest for the weary, stay tuned!