Title comes home for Northern Neck
Capturing the Mason Dixon Football League’s North Division Title was a challenge for the Rivermen. Coming into last Saturday’s game with eight straight wins, coach Dennis Cornwell said their toughest win was this past weekend.
Last Saturday, the Rivermen broke a four-year losing record at Arbutus, Maryland, defeating the Big Red 15-12, winning the North Division Title and earning the rights to home field advantage throughout the conference playoffs (Oct. 5 & Oct. 12).
The game was sealed for the Rivermen after CJ Ford forced a fumble out of the Big Red’s offense and then capitalized on the opportunity landing on the ball with less than a minute in regulation. The Rivermen were ahead 15-12 after some role players made some key plays, Cornwell said.
“The game was tight all the way through and we definitely got tested last night better than any other game we’ve played this season,” Cornwell said, adding that the team gave up two fumbles.
Rivermen quarterback Walt Covington led the team with 124 yards passing on 19-31 attempts. He connected with leading receiver Jermaine Weldon for one touchdown and Tim Short for a two-point conversion. Weldon had a total of 41 yards on three receptions.
Mike Vann led rushers with 68 yards on the ground on 15 carries. On defense, Devonte Reynolds blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown.
Laslow Pickett, last year’s defensive player of the year, and three-time all star Dominic Fields have been nursing injuries, Cornwell said, adding that the break between the regular season and playoffs will give all of his guys some rest.
The Rivermen will end the regular season playing the Virginia Silverbacks in Charlottesville on Sept. 21. Game time is at 7 p.m.
The first round of the single elimination playoffs begin on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. against the fourth seeded Virginia Titans versus the top seeded Rivermen at King George High School. The winner will play on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. against the winner of the second seeded Arbutus Big Red and third seeded Virginia Silverbacks game in the conference championship at the higher seed’s site. Lastly the league championship will be played on Oct. 19 Location is still to be determined.
The Mason Dixon Football League All Stars will face the stars of the Tru Football League on Oct. 26. Game time and locations still to be determined.
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The Rivermen are in their fourth year of the and are comprised of players from around the region that enjoy playing the game and has proven to be it as a stepping stone to compete on the collegiate and professional level.
Rushing: M. Howard 4-24, W. Covington 2-2, T. Short 1-7, A. Ogunwenmo 2-2, M. Vann 15-68
Receiving: M. Howard 2-10, J. Weldon 3-41, T. Short 7-19, M. Vann 7-19 and D. Jackson 1-35