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www,journalpress,com THE JOURNAL Wednesday, Aug. 21, 20137 Leonard Banks Now that the high school fall sports season is up and going, Colonial Beach High School varsity football head coach Scott Foster encourages his team to stay focused as they prepare for upcoming opponents. LEONARD BANKS ground, while Shanks will have to ' ' (, lift the team with his ability to break : Sports editor away into open field. "It makes me .... They are the warriors that time will feel good, knowing that I have to step faster this ..... never forget. Like Roman gladiators, up and be a leader,,,while carrying ' andiron-ran they have no fear, andtheverythought the team every game, Shanks said. I of ironman football fuels their desire feel stronger and faster this season, to represent the "Black & Gold" to the and ironman football shouid not be bitter end. It's that time of the year an issue; it makes us step up andplay again for Drifter varsity football, harder." With a scrimmage against Peering into the Drifter roster, Rappahannock under their belts, they are strong, as far as starters, Drifter fans will have an opportunity but short of depth. They will have ...... to see their favorite sons battle to count on players such as Carter ' 'Spotsylvania under the Shadows of Foster and Dez'Iohn Parker to fill ...... Monroe Park. the gaps. However, when has depth Lunenburg Central (28-0}. With the season underway, and ever be.en a non-issue with Colonial Along with his usual coaching staff his roster in check, Drifter varsity Beach? They seem to find a way to of Pat Ey and Keith Dickerson, Foster head coach Scott Foster is anxious- pull a rabbit out the hat, when teams has added Drifter alumni standouts ly awaiting the start of the regular least expect it. In 2007, they nearly Brent Steffey, Terry Bushrod and season--when the real games mat- won it all, but narrowly lost in the Russell Fields. ter. "We will do what we always do at State semi-finals, to the eventual The Drifters will host King & Colonial Beach, we will get in shape, state champions, Buffalo Gap.Queen for the first game of the push our kids to the limit, and try to. Having a small team the size of 22 season, on Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. out-coach our opponents--that is players is nothing new to the Drifters. Nothing will be easy for the Drifters the way it's always been done here" Interestingly, they fielded nearly the this season, as they begin the VHSL With the absence of playmaker, same number of players last season, format classification (1A Division, Dion Gonzalez due to graduation, the when they posted three straight wins Conference 43). After battling King Drifters will have to rely on the skills at the end of the season--includ- & Queen they will have to recharge of quarterback, Nick Graves, and ing their first win in school history their batteries to face Franklin, wing-back, Shamar Shanks. Graves against Washington & Lee (12-0), and Sussex, and King George. will be instrumental in creating big a Region post-season victory against There will be no rest for the weary, plays through the air, and on the Lancaster (40-14), before falling to staytuned! i [ :ers LEONARD BANKS be able to lead us to a pretty good Sports editor season, Payton said. Payton's role in creating a The million-dollar question that foundation for the Drifter varsity every junior varsity opposing coach program through the junior varsity in the Northern Neck is asking feeder system is crucial to the is whether multi-sport superstar survival of the football program at running back Lamar Lucas is coming Colonial Beach. In fact, Payton is back. Last season, the?ersatile athlete also involved with the recreation led the Drifters to a 7-1 record, league, also know as the Colonial with one loss to double A power, Beach Youth Athletic Association. King George. However, with Lucas' Payton's varsity recreation football gridiron future in doubt, long time team went undefeated in 2012. Drifter ]V head coach, and running Does he have the Midas touch to back legend, Earl Payton hasn't lead a ragtag, feisty group of hungry broken a swe t.- marauders to the promised land Last season, the Northern Neck this season? The answer lies in the undefeated jufiior varsity Drifters hands of returning running back, stai'ted with 15 players. Thus far, they A] Phillips, Alonzo Turner, and have 18, with three players wavering offensive lineman Desean Williams. on the bubble. "Phillips is a hard-nosed kid, with The calm, cool and collected coach a great burst of speed;' Payton said. has seeri the face of adversity, but "Williams is a two-way starter from somehow, Payton finds a way to keep last season. He's ready to be a big his team focused on playing until time player for us on Friday nights:' the final dust cloud settles on the Players from the recreation league frozen tundra of Monroe Park. "We are already familiar with the Drifter will be young again this year, but we junior varsity system of offensive and will have a handful of guys returning defensive plays. "I ran the exact same from last year's team, who should offensive and defensive plays on both ), levels, Payton said. "They already know the offense, and everything. Our players are coming into the junior varsity running, polishing up where they left off. The only thing they have to get used to is size, and the physical nature that high school football is about." Payton is a consummate academic and life mentor to his players. 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