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After a six-game winning streak, the Drifters varsity football team fell from grace, as the Lancaster Red Devils rallied to defeat them in the final quarter 29-28.
The Red Devils (4-1, 8-1) were leading the Northern Neck Division until Essex beat them two weeks ago, and the Drifters (3-1, 6-3) assumed the top spot in the Northern Neck. For the playoffs, because King William defeated West Point 28-14, the Drifters are secured a post-season bid.
After dominating the visiting Red Devils on both sides of the ball in the first half, the Drifters offense failed to produce any points in the second, opening the door for Lancaster to methodically battle back into the game.
“It’s frustrating to see a win like tonight slip away,” Drifter head coach Jeremy Jack said. “We came out and played well in the first half overall, but you cannot consistently win when you make critical mistakes, week to week, particularly when you play an athletic team like Lancaster. It makes it much more difficult in the end.”
In the first quarter, the Drifters took a commanding lead with an 11-yard touchdown by Dion Gonzales and a 1-yard run by Damian Eiras.
In the final minute of the first quarter, a pass interference call against the Drifters gave a Lancaster drive new life. Moments later, Shaun Lee cut the Drifters to 14-6 with a 4-yard touchdown.
Undaunted by the sudden Red Devil surge in offense, the Drifters scored on the first play of the second quarter with Kiante Dickerson completing a 66-yard touchdown pass to Josh Sanford.
On the Red Devil ensuing possession, Tiko Henderson scored from 5 yards to cut the Drifter lead to 14 points. In the latter stages of the first half, the Red Devils threatened to score again, but Dickerson’s interception prevented another Lancaster score.
In the third quarter, Joseph Betts completed a 25-yard touchdown to Henderson, cutting the Drifter lead to 28-22.
In front of an anxious partisan Drifter crowd, the Red Devils changed the tempo of the game with a no-huddle style of offense. While eating up minutes off of the clock, the Red Devils featured 13 plays before Betts scored from 4 yards out. After the point-after kick, the Red Devils had taken their first lead.
The Drifters managed several first downs before the final drive sputtered on the Lancaster 31-yard line.
The likelihood of the Drifters becoming co-regular season Northern Neck champions is slim at best. When you consider that Lancaster would have to lose to Northumberland on Friday, and all the tiebreaker scenarios, convention wisdom would suggest that the Red Devils’ chances of winning the division are strong. Currently Northumberland is in last place of the Northern Neck District.
On Friday, the Drifters will host Washington & Lee (2-2, 5-4) for their final regular season game.
Leonard M. Banks