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Drifters obliterate Indians

Resilience and determination are two words that do not begin to describe the spirit of the Colonial Beach High School football program.

While many people may have written them off earlier in the season, during a heartfelt series of three losses in a row, the badge of courage associated with the black & gold has stood the test of time. The Drifters’ recent 71-6 drubbing of the Northumberland Indians is an indication of a program willing to defy the odds, while using 21 players to accomplish their goals.

On Friday evening, under the lights of Monroe Park, the Drifters brought their A-game and never looked back. Moments after the first play of the game, Drifters safety, Ryan Thomas picked off a Indian pass to set the tone for the rest of the game. “It’s a great way to start a game for a guy that has only seen his second start at safety,” Drifters head coach Scott Foster said.

Soon after the turnover, Lamar Lucas scored the first touchdown from five yards out. As the Drifters defense suffocated the Indians offense, the Drifters offense set up shop on the Indians’ side of the field. Shamar Shanks (1-yard run) and Lucas (27-yard run) scored touchdowns to end the first quarter with a 20-0 lead.
In the second quarter, although Northumberland managed to score a touchdown to start the quarter, the Drifters offense was just about to heat up.

Nick Graves would haunt the Indians for the entire quarter, as he bolted down the field for a 50-yard touchdown, passed to Shanks for a 18-yard touchdown, and finished the half with a 44-yard completion to Shanks for a touchdown. At halftime, the Drifters led, 44-6.

The second half mirrored the first half, as the Drifters offense steamrolled over the Indians. Shanks in the role of quarterback completed an 11-yard pass to Michael Mothershead to extend the Drifters’ lead to 52-6.
Drifters running back, Cameron Headly completed the third quarter scoring with a 12-yard run, giving his team a 64-6 lead.

In the final quarter, the Drifters iced the game with a two-yard touchdown run from Brandon Phillips, and a 33-yard touchdown run from fullback Dez’John Parker. The final score of 71-6 was clearly indicative of the game. The Drifters offense compiled 445 total yards, while their defense limited the Indians to 14 passing yards, and 133 rushing yards.

On Friday, the Drifters travel to Lancaster, and the following week, the showdown of showdowns will commence, as the Black & Gold will chart a course towards the hostile confines associated with Washington & Lee.

“We are winning the games we’re supposed to, but we have to win one of those games that nobody expects us to win,” Foster said. “We haven’t done that yet.”

Leonard Banks
Sports editor    

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