, 2014

Drifters pummel Devils, 40-14

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

From five there are now only two Northern Neck District teams still alive in the state Eastern Section football playoffs.

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Lancaster quarterback Kedrick Lee breaks through a pack of Colonial Beach defenders on one of his four carries last Friday. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Division 2’s top-seeded Essex got by number 16 Luray, 28-12, last Friday night while number eight East Rockingham eliminated number nine Washington & Lee, 35-7.

In Division 1, number nine Covington defeated number eight Rappahannock, 51-28, in Warsaw. And in Colonial Beach, where at least one Northern Neck team was certain to be knocked out of post season play, the Drifters downed the Lancaster Red Devils, 40-14.

Essex will stay at home for the second round and will host East Rockingham at 7 p.m. Friday, November 16. Colonial Beach will travel to Central Lunenburg for a 7 p.m. game tomorrow.

In Colonial Beach last Friday, the Drifters took a big lead early and cruised to the first-round win over Lancaster.

The first time the two teams met, LHS was missing five starters for injuries and illness, yet still managed to score five touchdowns against the Beach in a 66-36 loss. Last Friday, however, the Drifters set the tone early with two short-yardage touchdown runs from Nick Graves and a 21-yard scoring pass from Graves to Shamar Shanks, all in the first quarter, for a 24-0 lead.

In fact, Colonial Beach took a 40-0 lead before Lancaster scored its first touchdown with 3:40 to play in the third.

The Drifters led 30-0 at the half after a 16-yard pass from Graves to Carlos Bermudez, who laid out in the end zone for the catch with 2:78 to go in the half.

Dion Gonzales scored the last CB touchdown of the night with five minutes to go in the third on a 20-yard run.

Lancaster’s first score came late in the third quarter on an accidentally successful play when a pass from quarterback Kedrick Lee went through the outstretched arms of Ricky Gibson and was then deflected by a grounded Shanks. The ball popped up out of his hands and was caught by Lancaster’s Chris Turner at the goal line for a 25-yard scoring pass. Tre’Vaughan Davis rushed for the two-point conversion.

Lancaster’s second score came on defense when Gibson went 83 yards on a fumble recovery early in the fourth quarter.

The Devils were held to 159 yards rushing with Davis carrying the ball 14 times for 161 yards. Lee lost two yards on four keepers.

In the air, Lee completed eight of 25 passes for 138 yards with an interception and touchdown pass. He hit Turner four times for 53 yards and Gibson once for a 46-yard pass.

The Devils ended the season at 5-6 overall. Colonial Beach carries a 7-4 record into the second round of sectional play.

Lancaster...............0 0 8 6 — 14

Colonial Beach.....24 8 8 0 — 40

CB — Graves 3 run (Shanks run)

CB — Graves 2 run (Shanks run)

CB — Shanks 21 pass to Graves (Graves run)

CB — Graves 16 pass to Bermudez (run)

CB — Gonzales 20 run (Thomas run)

L — Lee 25 pass to Turner (Davis run)

L  — Gibson 83 fumble return (pass failed)



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