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First the chicken, then the goose egg
A game hen from Food Lion, decapitated and hanging in apparent effigy at Washington and Lee: $6.99. Canceling practice because of a nor’easter from Wednesday until Monday’s game and failing to adequately prepare for Colonial Beach’s unique single wing offense: $3.49 for Rolaids for Coach Malcolm Lewis’ heartburn. The Eagles beating the Drifters 41-0 despite it all in the regular season finale: priceless.
A historic rivalry was renewed for 2009 when Colonial Beach joined the Northern Neck District after two championship years in the Tidewater. It was supposed to be a highly competitive game, punctuated by emotion, contrasting coaching styles, and the fact that most of the boys on the muddy field at the Eagle’s Nest Monday night have known each other since before Little League.
Perhaps it was just one of those games where everything goes right for one team and the reverse is true for the other team. Maybe there was some extra inspiration in the fowl act of vandalism greeting the W&L student body when they arrived at school on Monday morning. Regardless, the results are difficult to argue: senior quarterback Bryan Burrell led an Eagle attack that piled up more than 400 yards of offense and senior lineman Adrian Bryant disrupted Drifter quarterback Dylan Farinet’s rhythm all night long, leaving the standout with only four completions in 12 attempts for 94 yards.
“I was not looking forward to taking on that single wing,” said a somewhat bemused Coach Lewis after the game. “They’ve been productive with it all season long and it is not an easy concept to prepare for.”
Then Mac, how did the score end up the way it did, in light of the fact that your only preparation for the Drifter offense came on a chalk board?
“We have 21 great seniors on this team and it is a powerful thing when you sit down with them before their last game after they have spent [what is to them] a large portion of their lives fighting their hearts out for W&L, and thank them for their service and ask them to give it what they’ve got in what may be their last game at home. Senior energy may well have won this game for us.”
The Eagles got up early on Burrell’s 14-yard run in the first quarter, then added two more touchdowns from junior Jahsend Bean on runs of 35 and 9 yards respectively to close out the half. The single wing offense is not particularly helpful when you’re down by three scores at the half, especially when highly motivated defenders are rampant in the backfield.
All 21 Eagle seniors got in the game, including back up Derrick Day who scored on a 40 yard pass play on W&L’s last possession of the game. They’ll have at least one more chance to perpetuate their careers as they travel to King William for the Region A, Division II semifinals looking to avenge a 28-14 loss from mid-season.
“I’m going to go easy on them this week. It’s a short week and they seem to play better when we haven’t worn them out,” said Lewis with a straight face.