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Washington & Lee and Colonial Beach battled to a standstill for the entire first half on Friday night in a game to decide which team would get a home playoff berth. But the determined Eagles pulled away in the second half, defeating the outmanned Drifters, 31 to 6.
“We had slow start. I credit that to the Drifters,” said W&L Coach Antron Yates. “They kept us deep into our own territory for most of the first half. We were able to get a little breathing room, and with a penalty on a punt, we capitalized. The Drifters were a little banged up. My team took advantage of that in the second half.”
As a result of the W&L victory, the 6-4 Eagles will host Middlesex, 7-3, in a home playoff game this weekend, and the 5-5 Drifters will travel to Warsaw to play Rappahannock, 7-3, in the first round of the 1A East playoffs.
“Middlesex is a very good team,” said Coach Yates. “They run the ball well. We are looking forward to a hard-hitting football game.”
In Friday’s game, W&L held a 7 to 6 lead at halftime. Sophomore Jarret Sumiel scored on a nine-yard touchdown run for the Eagles with five minutes left in the second quarter, and Alex Lane added the point after.
Colonial Beach freshman Mike Mothershead then scored a second-quarter touchdown for the Drifters on a 17-yard pass from junior Nick Graves, with 11 seconds left in the half. An attempt for a two-point conversion by senior Shamar Shanks failed.
The Eagles finally got down to business in the second half as their defense held Colonial Beach to only one first down. Sumiel scored two third-quarter touchdowns, one on a pass from junior quarterback Treshaun Brown, and another on a 28-yard run on a reverse. Lane converted both points after.
In the fourth quarter, Lane booted a 32-yard field goal and added another extra point after Brown hit senior Davon Hamilton on a 45-yard pass play for the Eagles’ final score. The Drifters threatened briefly, with just under two minutes remaining, but their attempt to score ended when W&L junior Bruce Smith intercepted a Graves pass in the end zone.
Yates had high praise for his defense after the game. “Coach Edgar Carey has the defense playing ‘lights out’. It was another complete team effort. Linebacker Kaleel Pratt lead the defense,” Yates said
“The offense got on track in the second half,” said Yates. Sumiel caught five passes for 61 yards and had 56 running. Hamilton caught three passes for 122 yards, and Brown hit eight-of-12 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns.
For Coach Scott Foster’s Drifters, Graves hit two-of- eight passes for 54 yards and was intercepted three times. Colonial Beach rushed for 58 yards with Shanks and Lamar Lucas carrying the load. The Drifters lost one fumble.