In a week in which most sports put on hold due to Covid restrictions, the Indians golf team got to play in both the Northern Neck District and the Region A championships and did very well in both. They took second in both matches and also qualified for a trip to the Group A golf championships at the Laurel Forks Golf Course on Monday, the eleventh of October.
On this past Monday, it was the Northern Neck District Championships at the Indian Creek Golf Course. Lancaster took the team trophy with a 348 score followed by Northumberland with a 378 and Rappahannock County with a 400. The top story was the Indian’s freshman Amanti Starks tying for medalist honors with Lancaster’ Claire Vitel, both shooting 78. Vitel won the playoff. Also playing for the Indians were Tre Booth, Willie Bowles, Chase Fisher, Cooper Haynie, and Desmin Palmer.
On Friday, at The Golden Eagle Course, Lancaster won the Region 1A title with a 334 team score. The big news was Northumberland’s second place finish, sending them on to the Group A state championships. The Indians shot a 359 with Mathews, Middlesex, Rappahannck County and West Point also competing. Ben Pittman from Lancaster had a 75 with Northumberland’s Chase Fisher shooting a 77.
Wednesday was the biggest day yet for the Indians football team with TV station WRVA (channel six) coming to Northumberland High School to film an interview with Cameron Seldon.
Seldon has already drawn some large college interest with his speed and athleticism. The interview is slated to be shown Wednesday night on the 11:00 p.m. portion of Richmond’s local news.
With most of the Northumberland Indians’ sports programs on hold this past two weeks, the varsity football team broke another two weeks lay off with a 48-0 shutout of 2A Bruton High in Williamsburg on Friday, the 24th of September. With the Rappahannock High from the western part of Virginia still on hold due to Covid and a Mathews forfeit for the same reason, they had not played in over two weeks and it showed. The rusty Indians were flagged for sixteen penalties for one hundred yards. It did nothing to slow down their “Swift Strike” offense as eight players got into the running game and four different players scored seven TDs against an out gunned Bruton defense.
With exception of the penalties, most of which came from not playing, the Indians were able to take advantage of the young Bruton squad with a variety of long plays and grind it out offensive drives. The Indians won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. They showed their rustiness right away with Bruton recovering the onsides kickoff. Rusty at first gave way to an aggressive defense that caused Panthers to have to punt after only one first down. Two penalties pushed the Indians back to their twenty yard line before things came together for the offense. On the fifth play of the drive, quarterback Denzell Palmer hit Antione Mills Jr. coming out of the backfield with a short pass. Mills did the rest with a pass and run play that covered eighty yards for the opening score. Palmer added the two points after on a run.
In the second period, the flood gates opened for the Indian offense. Anthony Gregory Jr. scored on a six yard run with Palmer again adding the two points. Then Cameron Seldon got the opportunity with an end run that covered 85 yards when he simply out ran the Panther defenders. The try for the two points was stopped short. To close the first half offensive explosion, Gregory scored again from three yards out the pass for the two points was no good. Half time and Northumberland led 28-0.
It didn’t get a lot better for the Bruton squad in the second half. They did receive the opening kickoff and drove deep into Indian territory before the Northumberland defensive unit rose up to stop them. As if to punish Bruton for their invasion, Palmer hit Seldon on a swing pass coming out of the backfield and the race was on. Well, it started as race but by the fifty yard line it was Seldon alone on a sixty five yard pass and run TD. The two point conversion pass was no good. Later in the quarter, Gregory got loose for his second TD of the night on a fifty six yard run. Lawrence George ran in the two points after. The score was enough to let the clocks run and mercifully end the game.
With the starters on the sideline for the fourth quarter, C. J. Williams Jr. moved in at quarterback. He took advantage of his opportunity, rolling 46 yards for the final score of the game. The two point run was no good.
Eight Indian backs got their opportunity to handle the ball in the game. Cameron Seldon had the longest scoring run, traveling 85 yards on one attempt. C.J. Williams had five carries for 59 yards and a TD, Markel Cockrell had two carries for 28 yards and Denzell Palmer four for twenty-seven. Palmer connected on eight of ten passes with one interception for 233 yards and two TDs.
Defensively, the Indians were led by linebacker Bradley Viers with 17 stops. Antione Mills had ten tackles with and a pass interception. In the final minutes of the game, Christian Newton had tackles on four straight plays.
Head Coach Aaron Lewis said “We played a pretty good game but we made some errors,” also adding “We’ve got to clean things up.” And that’s got to happen by this Friday, when they face the Northern Neck bully boys, the Essex Trojans at a time and date to be determined.