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CB Drifters reload for a new era in drifter sports history


Colonial Beach High School basketball is headed in a new direction. Now that Casey Johnson has taken over the helm as varsity head coach of boys’ basketball in the absence of Steve Swope, the Drifters will journey in a new direction.
Now that the Drifters have assured themselves of basketball immortality by winning a state championship last season, fans of the “Black & Gold” will have high expectations of any Drifters basketball team.  
Will Johnson or any coach in the area affect a sports organization in the manner that Swope has over the last 30 years? It’s highly doubtful, but Johnson is a talented coach capable of motivating his team to play beyond their true potential.
“We have 10 solid players, but I really lucked out with the team I’ve got,” Johnson said during a recent practice at the Drifterdome. “Everybody has a great attitude and that’s a huge advantage to have when you’re stepping into your first year of a program.”

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A Drifter fall sports season of triumphs and rebuilding


The 2009 Drifter fall sports had its share of celebrations and tribulations. The Drifters girls middle school basketball defeated Lancaster to win their district championship. The varsity high school cheerleading team beat out the rest of the Northern Neck to win the coveted crown. The Drifters (218) narrowly defeated district runner-up Essex (215) by three points. Jennifer Grigsby completed the Drifter sweep by winning Coach of the Year.
Within the small network of sports teams associated with Colonial Beach is sense of resilience and fortitude. Although the six-year reign of Drifters gridiron dominance ended on losing note to W&L (41-0), they will remember images of senior running back Travis Cundiff finishing the season with 996 yards on 125 carries — including 13 touchdowns. Cundiff was the heir apparent to former Drifter great and all-time rushing leader Foster. Cundiff is a rare football commodity. Constantly put to the test, Cundiff consistently punished opposing defenders with a slashing style of movement that made life difficult for opposing teams.

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Travis Cundiff voted Army Iron Man of the week

After rushing for 151 yards, scoring two touchdowns, and grabbing one interception against Surry High School last week, the U.S. Army Baltimore Recruiting Station announced Colonial Beach running back Travis Cundiff as the “Army Iron Man of the Week,” and the best two-way high school football player in the battalion’s northern Virginia recruiting territory. Cundiff is the sixth player this season to receive this prodigious honor.
The criterion for receiving the iron man award is tough. The player must demonstrate excellence on both ends of the gridiron — offense and defense — as well as strength in character. The Army Iron Man exemplifies the quality of Army strength in every aspect of his performance.

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Colonial Beach Drifters overpower Surry Cougars

After an inauspicious beginning at the start of the season, the Drifters are back on track.
On Friday, at Monroe Park, the Drifters (2-3) varsity football team defeated the Surry Cougars (1-5), 28-8. The Drifter football machine was revving in all cylinders, as Travis Cundiff lifted his team to two touchdowns and 151 yards rushing on 13 carries. Cundiff’s teammate Dylan Farinet rumbled for 112 yards on 11 carries, including one touchdown. Farinet also passed for 33 yards, completing four of seven pass attempts. Cundiff is having a banner year with 683 yards on 59 carries, including eight touchdowns.

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Manassas Park edges Drifters

In a battle of winless varsity teams, the visiting Manassas Park Cougars (1-2) defeated the Drifters, 21-18. It would be the second week in a row that the Drifters would lose by less than a touchdown in the final quarter. While the Cougars solely depended on a ground game attack, passing only once throughout the contest, the Drifters gave the visitors from the north everything but the kitchen sink.

John Byrd led the Cougars with 15 carries for 111 yards, while teammate Michael Williams finished the night with 13 carries for 84 yards, and two touchdowns. The Cougars controlled the clock throughout the game, punting only once.

As for the Drifters, Travis Cundiff continues to lead his team in offensive production. He carried the ball for 43 yards on seven carries. Also, he produced 114 yards on two kick returns that featured one touchdown. Farinet finished the night with three completions for 48 yards, on nine attempts, that included one touchdown.
The Drifters appeared to be on a mission during their first possession of the game when they marched 54 yards down the field for the game’s first score courtesy of a Josh Sanford 3-yard touchdown, thrown by Dylan Farinet.
In less than 5 minutes and 10 seconds, the Cougars took the lead on a 26-yard touchdown scored by Williams. After the extra point conversion, the Cougars lead by one (7-6).

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