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Indians football survives first half

Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 4:32 pm

In a brief ceremony prior to the game, retired teachers, fans and students honored the memory of Donn Belfield. After several of his colleagues spoke of their times with Belfield, Dr.Travis Burns presented his widow Carol with a gold toned microphone that he had used over the years.

Belfield had been the voice of Northumberland for nearly forty years. In his honor, Principal Dr. Travis Burns designated the school’s press box as the Donn Belfield Memorial Press Box.

Head varsity football Coach Aaron Lewis stated last week the Indians did not “shoot themselves in the foot.” He couldn’t say that about the Indians  64-12 win over a badly depleted Mathews Blue Devil squad here Friday. Coach  Lewis didn’t seem as concerned as would be thought. He stated that this game could be considered as their first and the two previous as the scrimmages that the Indians did not have. Still the first quarter was full of problems and the second wasn’t a whole lot better.  The Indians must have loaded their guns this week during practice because they began shooting in the opening twelve minutes of the game.

In that first quarter they were plagued by unnecessary penalties and two mishandled balls that ended as recovered fumbles by Mathews. Had it not been for an aggressive defense that did not allow the Blue Devils to move the ball much past the line of scrimmage, it might have really been bad. As it was the quarter ended in a zero-zero tie.

The offense finally got things going driving for the game’s first touchdown with over half the quarter gone. An eighteen yard pass from Mason Adams to Dionta Kelly produced six points. Harry Lee made it seven with his kick. If Northumberland fans breathed a sigh of relief it was short lived. Bottled up for most of the opening half, the Blue Devils sent their quarterback on a running play that should have been stopped at the line of scrimmage. Instead it covered eighty-eight yards. Suddenly it was a 7-6 ball game as the Indian defense smothered the run for the two points. With time almost gone the Indians mounted another drive that was capped by one yard Kevin Edwards run, Lee on the extra point.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 9/25/19

Carol Belfield received a gold microphone in honor of her late husband’s nearly forty years as announcer.