Essex slides by Northumberland, 14-6, in mud-bath for Region 1A championship

Northumberland’s Keon Redmond (44) and Collin Saunders (4) clear the way for running back Devlin Palmer (3) during the rainy Region 1A championship game. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Essex claimed its 10th Region A football championship on a muddy field in Claraville last Saturday and will head to the Class 1 semifinal to face two-time defending state champion Riverheads.

An interception led to the go-ahead touchdown for Essex in the fourth quarter and time expired with Northumberland at the goal line as the Trojans held on for a 14-6 win.

Heavy rain and wind forced Northumberland to step away from it’s typical passing game and left the host and higher-seeded Indians at a disadvantage against a big, scrappy Essex backfield anchored by 270-pound running back Kevin Dameron. Northumberland had the Northern Neck District’s leading receiver in Delvin Palmer and second-leading receiver in Collin Saunders. But last Saturday, NHS passed…

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