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Outmanned Drifters have playoffs in sight

Most of team will be forced to play offense, defense

With their backs against the wall the Drifters remain fearless.

The Drifters’ 2014 season encompasses every aspect of life on the gridiron, including recruiting kids to play football at the high school level. Whether it’s composing a high school varsity or junior varsity team or sustaining the Colonial Beach Youth Athletic Association, every coach associated with football knows their players must be able to adapt.

As for Colonial Beach High School head football coach Scott Foster, life without adversity would not be normal. In fact, the longtime head coach thrives on the very notion of pushing his players to play outside the box. After making the playoffs for the third consecutive season, Foster has high hopes his team can compete for at a state championship level.

“If you can compete on the level of Essex or Washington & Lee, you’re going to have a decent year,” Foster said. “I hope we can either split with them or beat both of them.”

Last year, the Drifters finished the season with a 5-5 record before losing to Rappahannock in the first round of the playoffs.

“We expect to go to the playoff again this season,” Foster said. “You have to believe that your team is capable of going to the playoffs, while shooting for the state championship in mind.”

Since his freshman year, 1A East Conference 43 standout Nick Graves has led the Drifters as their quarterback. Opponents will see a twist in the team’s schemes this season as the Drifters will feature several new offensive sets along with their usual single-wing attack. With multi-athlete Lamar Lucas at running back, and Dez’John Parker at fullback, the Drifters have the full package of strength and speed in the backfield.
Standout alumni Pat Ey will take over the head coaching duties on the junior varsity level. Like Foster, Ey has to extol the virtues of iron man football. His core group of 15 players will be forced to play every down, including special teams.

“We have a very athletic team of 15 kids, where 13 of them are actually running backs,” Ey said. “You have to make a decision on who you’re going to need back there, who you’re going to pull out to be a lineman.”

Although no decision has been made on the starting roles of his team, Anaji Lewis has been picked to lead the team at quarterback.

Not counting late entries from summer vacation, the varsity and junior varsity squads have a total of 34 players currently on their rosters.

The lack of depth has been an ongoing issue for years. With a school population of less than 200 students, the problem of low participation will not go away anytime soon.

“Depth-wise, we’re not very good,” Foster said. “However, the kids that are out here are hard workers. This situation is not new; we’re accustomed to having low numbers. We do expect to have another successful season.”

On Aug 15, the Drifters will travel to play Rappahannock County in their first scrimmage of the season. The Drifters play their first regular season game of the season Aug. 29 at King & Queen Central.

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