Chargers host Cavaliers Friday
40-0 to undefeated
by Larry S. Chowning
The undefeated Colonial Beach Drifters downed the injury-plagued Middlesex Chargers 40-0 Friday night in a Tidewater District varsity football game at Colonial Beach.
Middlesex went into the game without the services of five starters. Starting quarterback Chuckie Morris, and standout running back Malcolm Ward are both injured and did not play. Morris was hurt in the game against Nandua while Ward sustained a leg injury last week against West Point.
Ward also is the backup quarterback so sophomore Kris Baylor was pulled from his split end spot to play quarterback for the first time in his career. “Kris did a great job at quarterback,” said MHS coach Heath Cockerham. “He was able to pick up our system and ran the plays like he had been doing it for a while.”
Baylor completed one pass for 25 yards and threw one interception. Marcus Hammond caught the 25-yard pass.
On the ground, Ronnie Watkins was the workhorse for the Chargers with 85 rushing yards on 25 carries.
Wingback Shawn Lee also had a strong night rushing with 46 yards on 8 carries.
Craig Conley rushed for 33 yards on 8 carries. “Craig is a junior and this is his first year of playing football,” said Cockerham. “He has been outstanding and hits a hole as hard as anyone on the team.”
Colonial Beach led 8-0 after the first quarter. “I was very pleased that we were just behind by a touchdown at the end of the first quarter,” said Cockerham. “Most of our players are very young, but they played their hearts out.
“Colonial Beach has a very athletic team and most of their players are seniors,” he said. “I was very proud of our team.”
The Drifters (2-0, 7-0) scored the rest of their points in the second quarter. One of the scores came off a fumble and another came off an interception.
The Chargers will host Tidewater District foe King William this Friday, October 24, at 7 p.m.
In other Tidewater District action last Friday, West Point blanked King and Queen 54-0, and King William edged Mathews 20-13.
The current Tidewater District standings are Colonial Beach (2-0, 7-0), West Point (2-0, 6-1), King William (1-1, 3-4), Mathews (1-1, 3-4), Middlesex (0-2, 0-7) and King and Queen (0-2, 0-7).