Colonial Beach spoiled Rappahannock’s homecoming game Friday night, defeating the previously unbeaten Raiders, 10-0, in a mess of a game defined by a continuously falling mist that slicked the
ball and had both teams battling for field position.
Rappahannock quarterback Ken Pierson, whose prolific passing has carried the Raiders to victory in the season’s previous games, had trouble hanging on to the slippery ball. Twice he lost the handle and smartly collapsed on the ball to prevent a turnover. Drifter cornerbacks pestered well enough to grab one interception, and Raider receivers, usually deft at catching fingertip passes, were often without a grip.
The Drifters’ quarterback Nick Graves and running back Lamar Lucas did the real mud work, spinning wheels in the middle of the field and finding more traction than their Raider counterparts.
The game turned on one play early in the second quarter when Graves found Shamar Shanks with a short pass that became a 54-yard touchdown play. Lucas ran in the two-point conversion giving the visiting Drifters an 8-0 lead.
“We just put that play in two days ago,” said Colonial Beach Coach Scott Foster. “They were sending everybody. Our guy beat his guy, and the pass was money.”
What really made the difference, however, was the Colonial Beach defense, especially its ability to stop Rappahannock’s running efforts, Foster said. “Defensively, we were solid. We practiced hard on their keys and what they do.”
Besides the interception, the Drifter defense recovered one of three Rappahannock fumbles. By contrast, Colonial Beach had no fumbles but suffered two turnovers on interceptions.
Late in the game, the Drifter defense added two points by catching Rappahannock in its own end zone.
Drifter running back Lucas carried the ball 25 times for 78 yards.
On Friday, Colonial Beach hosts Essex. Rappahannock hosts Lancaster. Both games kick-off at 7 p.m.