Raiders Thump Dukes

Published 4:30 pm Thursday, October 28, 2010

Not much went right for the Cumberland High School football team last Friday night at Amelia. They usually don't, when the final score winds up being 60-6.

Cumberland, following an emotional loss to James River District rival Buckingham ran into a buzzsaw following Amelia's loss to Central the week before.

“They were much more physical than we were, with the exception of our first drive,” said CHS head coach Michael Sutton. “They were ready to play, and were ready to pounce when everything started to unravel for us.

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“Their defense was good, and their offense was clicking. It literally was the Tyrell Banks show.”

Banks, Amelia's biggest offensive weapon, piled up numerous yards and touchdowns as the Raiders cruised to the easy victory.<br />
Things got worse for the Dukes, who were starting to feel a season's worth of injuries, early in the game as starting quarterback Devonte Booker was knocked from the game while playing on defense.

Cumberland moved the ball into Amelia territory, but saw its drive end on fourth-and-short on a dropped pass. Banks answered Cumberland's stalled drive rather swiftly with a 70-yard touchdown run.

By halftime, the Raiders were up 34-0 and showed no signs of weakness.

Cumberland's offensive bright spot came in the second half when reserve quarterback Shaquille Warren hooked up with Javon Boatwright for a 53-yard touchdown pass.

“Considering everything, Warren played well,” said Sutton. “He ran the option and didn't freeze up. He played with a lot of heart.”

Booker was 3-7 passing for 52 yards, before being forced from the game, while Warren was 4-8 for 75 yards and the touchdown.

Boatwright had three catches, while Demarius Trent had two catches. Quentin Langhorne had eight carries for 68 yards.

Defensively, Cumberland was led by CJ Anderson, who had 11 tackles. Arthur Byrd had eight and Tyler Garrett had five from his defensive lineman spot.

“There's really not much to say,” said Sutton. “The best thing we can do is put it behind us, focus on Central and find a way to win. Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be looking at a number of youngsters to expose them to varsity football for next season, but we won't forget about our seniors.

“We still have goals, and the biggest goal for us right now is to finish at .500 in the district.”