Northern Neck Rivermen football Coach and owner Dennis Cornwell was briefly speechless as to what he could tell his football team to improve upon following Saturday’s 39-6 win on the road. It was the team’s second game of the season and now they have outscored their opponents 89-6.
“These guys are playing great football. What’s better than anything inside the lines is that there is a lot of unity and they’ve gotten really close in the past couple of weeks and they’re having fun,”
In the first quarter, the Rivermen took an early 7-0 lead over the Steelers. Quarterback Walt Covington connected with wide out Jermaine Weldon for a 30-yard reception and capped off with kicker Barrett Hollingsworth for the extra point.
The Steelers stole the Rivermen’s joy at kickoff time when they scored an 80-yard run. The try at any extra points was no good.
In the second quarter, Rivermen running back Adeola Ogunwenmo punched in a one-yard run for a score and later caught a nine-yard pass for his second touchdown from Covington. Hollingsworth kicked both extra points to give the Rivermen a 21-6 lead at the half.
The Rivermen offense cooled off a bit, so insert defensive cornerback Tony Russell to extend the lead after a 48-yard interception for a touchdown. Try at an extra points failed resulting in a 27-6 lead to start the fourth quarter.
Wide receiver David Jackson would pick up a handoff for an eight-yard score followed by Covington connecting with wide receiver Marcus Robinson for an eight-yard touchdown reception. Final score was in favor of the Rivermen over the Steelers, 39-6.
Cornwell said he hopes to continue the winning streak, but most importantly the team unity.
“Athletically I think we can compete with anybody in the league, but if we keep coming together as a family like we’re doing, I think that’s going to put us over the top,” Cornwell said.
On defense, Larry Catlett returned an interception for 56 yards followed by Shon Gaskin-Tate with an interception.
Laslow Pickett recovered two fumbles and led the defense with two sacks and one pass deflection. Derrick Manning and Pickett each chipped in with four tackle assists, Manning had a team high three solo tackles.
The Rivermen will travel to Richmond to face the Virginia Hornets on July 27 at 7 p.m. The field is located at 5933 St. Moritz Drive in Richmond.
Three straight home games, at King George High School, will follow for the Rivermen as they host the Virginia Titans on Aug. 3, Arbutus Big Red on Aug. 10 and Virginia Hornets on Aug. 17. All games begin at 7 p.m.
The Rivermen will travel to Richmond for their second meeting against the Titans on Sept. 7 (7 p.m.) following a bye week. Then on Sept. 7, the Rivermen will play their final home game of the regular season at 7 p.m.
Two road games await the Rivermen traveling to Arbutus on Sept. 14 and to the Virginia Silverbacks in Charlottesville on Sept. 21. Game times are still TBA.
Passing: W. Covington: 18-32-0-250 3 TD
Rushing: M. Howard 3-3, W. Covington 2-2, B. Reynolds 1-5, A. Ogunwenmo 9-27 TD, D. Wilson 2-(-1), D. Jackson 3-21 TD
Receiving: M. Howard 3-20, J. Steele 2-46, B. Reynolds 2-31, J. Weldon 3-52 TD, M. Robinson 1-8 TD, A. Ogunwenmo 1-9 TD, D. Jackson 6-84
NNK 7 14 7 0—39
VAS 6 0 0 0—6