Orioles’ Mancini experiences ‘surreal’ debut
Rising Sun entered the regular season hoping last year’s 5-1 record to end the year would result in a strong start to the ensuing 2016 campaign.
But after three-straight losses to kick off the schedule, the Tigers find themselves having to conduct full-blown damage control. They will take the field tonight against visiting Bohemia Manor desperately looking to avoid a 0-4 start.
They will get no sympathy from the Eagles.
“Last year, Rising Sun had a great season and it started when they came into Bo and beat us up pretty bad,” Bo Manor coach Joe Graf said. “They had a good team and they executed well offensively and defensively against us last year. Going into this year, one of the things we talked about was making up for our mistakes last year and the way we played in some ball games.”
Rising Sun will likely use last year’s 38-14 win over the Eagles as motivation to jumpstart its season, although it will no longer have the element of surprise. The Tigers entered last year’s Week 4 matchup against Bo Manor having lost 16-straight regular season games.
“Being in Cecil County and in the UCBAC, everybody is so close, [especially] with social media and the internet, now everybody knows everybody,” Graf said. “It’s a little bit easier to game plan each week knowing what you’re going to get from each school year in and year out and knowing what to expect from each other’s coaching staffs.”
Tonight’s showdown also marks the start of Susquehanna Division play after both squads played three contests against non-division and non-conference foes.
For the Eagles, their game against Rising Sun is a chance to begin the year 3-1 for the first time since 2012.
“We’re taking it one step at a time. It’s the next opponent on our schedule, and going 3-1 is the goal this week. The regular season is a 10-step process and we go step by step,” Graf said. “Being where we are now, we’re ahead of the ball game to where we were last year, which is big.”
The Tigers still have reigning All-County quarterback Nate McCullough under center and a talented group of playmakers around him. They will counter a Bo Manor offense that prides itself on establishing the run.
Through the early season, Eagles junior running back Bobby McLennan has six rushing touchdowns.
“You know what you’re going to get with Bo Manor, offensively,” Graf said. “Bobby is having a huge season so far and the offensive line is moving the pile, getting men out of the way and creating holes. They’re doing an awesome job offensively. We just do what we do on offense and make adjustments when necessary.”
To beat a Rising Sun team intent on breaking through in the win column, the Chesapeake City squad will need to execute on both sides of the ball.
“It’s a combination of everything,” Graf said. “Our offense has to play mistake free football, which we did this past week. We can’t have the mental errors and get behind the sticks. Defensively, we have to play with effort and have people flying around to the ball on every play.” Follow the 2016 football season
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— Trey Mancini remembered rounding the bases after his first Major League home run. He just couldn’t recall what was going through his mind during that moment.
The Baltimore Orioles’ top hitting prospect made his MLB debut Tuesday night and joined an exclusive group when he became just the third player in organization history to homer in his first game in the big leagues. The round-tripper also happened to be his first-career hit—a rocket that measured 434 feet and sailed far over the head of center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., during the fifth inning of the Orioles’ 5-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
“I don’t even remember to be honest,” Mancini said of jogging around the bases following the solo blast. “I was just in disbelief. I ran the bases pretty hard there
Senior quarterback Nate McCullough, pictured, and the Rising Sun football team will take on visiting Bohemia Manor tonight in Susquehanna Division football.