The Northumberland Indians took a 21-18 win at Rappahannock High last week, but they did not do it in a very convincing fashion.
During the past week’s play, the Lady Indians volleyball team got a revenge win over Lancaster to advance to the Northern Neck District championship game, which they lost to a strong Rappahannock team.
The field hockey team saw their season close in a loss at Fluvanna County in a regional play-in game.
Friday night football
The Indians got the opening kickoff Friday night at Rappahannock but fumbled the ball away, the first of the two they lost in the game.
There’s one thing longtime Northern Neck football fans know—you don’t make mistakes against a William West-coached team. They will come back and bite you as this one did, leading to a Raider touchdown on their first play from scrimmage. A bad snap cost them the points after.
From that point on, it looked as if the Raiders would celebrate Senior Night with a win over the Indians. It looked like a long night for the visitors. But two things happened. First, was a crushing defense that stopped the Raiders cold, even coming up with an interception to stop one drive. The second thing was the smoldering Indians’ offense came to life.
Late in the second quarter, the defense came up with their second interception. Taking over on their own 49-yard line, it was time to catch fire and they did just that. They mixed completed passes, short but strong runs coupled with penalty. The Indians were good on two 4th down plays to move to the Raiders’ 8-yard line. With 18.6 seconds left on the first half clock, Tyreek Lundy hit Cameron Seldon with a TD pass to tie the game. A Lundy run added the all important 2-point conversion, and the Indians took the lead for good.
Opening the second half, the Indians took the kickoff and marched the field for their second score. A 54-yard drive culminated when Seldon blew over from a yard out, but the attempted 2-point try was no good.
After a second drive was stopped by another fumble, the Indians got the ball back on a steal. A Rappahannock penalty took the ball down to their 30-yard line. The Raiders responded by sacking the Indians’ quarterback for a 5-yard loss.
The next play saw Lundy hitting Marcus Bromley on a pass, and the speedy Bromley did the rest. He raced down the far sidelines for their final TD of the night. James Blake tacked on the PAT on a kick. That ended the Indians scoring for the night.
From that point on, it was the Indian defense against a recharged Raider attack. Rappahannock coach West had detected a weakness. They scored after the kickoff on a 37-yard run but were unable to add the 2-point conversion, something that ended up giving the Indians the game.
In the final quarter, they were on the march again and realized the need to pass. A long ball that would have been a sure TD was picked off by Seldon for the Indians. But getting a partially blocked punt on the Indians’ 46-yard line gave them one more shot. They used it well, scoring seven plays later on a 26-yard pass, which seemed to point out an Indian defensive weakness. The 2-point conversion pass was intercepted. Getting the ensuing kickoff, the Indians had to control both the ball and the clock. With the referee’s flag being dropping on almost every play, the Indians took the knee for the last two plays to come home with a hard fought win and almost certainly a first round regional playoff home game.
In other sports action, the Lady Indians volleyball team entertained Lancaster in the first round of the Northern Neck district playoffs Tuesday. Lancaster had given the Indians a three straight set loss in the last game for the season the week prior. The first game looked like they might do it again as the Indian lasses would go head but then falter before putting in the win, 25-23, on a Lancaster serve into the net.
It wasn’t as close in games two and three as the Indians sailed into the district playoff finals at Rappahannock High School. The Lady Raiders have gone undefeated this year in the Northern Neck District and are poised to take a shot at the Virginia High School League’s 1A title. They topped the Indians 3-0 to add the district playoff title.
Indians’ field hockey
The Lady Indians field hockey team traveled to Fluvanna for a play for the regionals. They did a much better job than their previous game but still lost 4-1 to close out their season. Abby Jennings scored the goal on an assist from Anna Tipippen. Michelle Walker did a “fantastic job” as goalie with 23 saves. Coach Mark Fridenstine said of the Lady Indians, “A fantastic game. Altogether we had a great game, one of our best this year.”