4 - Star Open­ing Act

Brum­mell’s 4 TDs help C-SD thump re­build­ing Wi-Hi

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DAVID INS­LEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester run­ning back C.J. Brum­mell sprints to­ward the end zone for a touch­down in a 61-24 vic­tory over Wi­comico Fri­day, Sept. 2. Brum­mell scored four times in the game.

CAM­BRIDGE — In war, it’s been said no bat­tle plan sur­vives ini­tial con­tact with the en­emy. The same of­ten holds true for foot­ball.

Fri­day night in the teams’ sea­son opener, Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High had early suc­cess of­fen­sively and de­fen­sively, but sud­denly found it­self need­ing to make ad­just­ments against a Wi­comico squad that ex­ceeded the pre-game praise heaped upon it by Vik­ing head coach Jake Cole­man.

“We knew they were fast, and they were run­ning a triple-op­tion,” Cole­man said. “It’s hard to guess how they’re go­ing to play us, aside from see­ing them in a cou­ple of scrim­mages. We had our plans, but we had to change them pretty early . ... We talked about that, and about ad­just­ing our block­ing schemes, to make up for their quar­ter­back [Ja­son Pat­ter­son], be­cause he was more ath­letic than we thought.”

The changes worked, as the Vik­ings broke an early 6-6 tie and cruised to a 61-24 win that fea­tured 51 fourthquar­ter points.

C.J. Brum­mell’s four touch­downs led Cam­bridgeSD, the speed­ster rack­ing up 150 yards rush­ing on just seven car­ries, to com­ple­ment a game-high 160 by se­nior class­mate Tre’ Lake.

Wi-Hi, re­ceiv­ing the open­ing kick­off, went three-and­out. Punt­ing from their own 23-yard line, the In­di­ans’ punt was blocked by C-SD se­nior line­backer Bran­don Tibbs, who re­cov­ered at the 20.

The In­di­ans looked ready to stop C-SD on the short­field drive, hold­ing fast for the first three plays to set up a fourth-and-2 from the 12yard line. But Tajh Molock

went around the left cor­ner and turned on the jets, slic­ing through the de­fense for a touch­down. The pointafter by Tyler Hard­ing went wide to the right, keep­ing the score 6-0, in fa­vor of the Vik­ings, with 8 min­utes, 40 sec­onds to go in the first pe­riod.

In an ef­fort to avoid the dan­ger­ous Wi­comico deep re­turn men — Raek­won McCarter and Keeon­dre Cos­ton — Cole­man elected to try on­side and squib kick­offs all night, The first fol­low­ing Molock’s score, was re­cov­ered by Wi-Hi at its own 40.

“We got lucky on the first, the open­ing kick­off,” Cole­man said. “Tyler [Hard­ing] kicked it deep, and we had good down­field pur­suit. But af­ter that, we stopped kick­ing it deep.”

Pat­ter­son’s un­ex­pected speed fu­eled a re­ply to CSD’s open­ing score. Call­ing his own num­ber four times on the five-play, 60yard scor­ing drive, Wi-Hi’s quar­ter­back capped it in a slash­ing 39-yard keeper up the mid­dle with 6:35 left in the first, ty­ing the game, 6-6. The two-point con­ver­sion failed.

Wi-Hi’s de­fense stiff­ened. Af­ter a chop-block penalty nul­li­fied a 40-yard scram­ble by Hard­ing, the In­di­ans held C-SD to three net yards on a three-and-out that swung the mo­men­tum in their fa­vor.

“It was very en­cour­ag­ing,” Wi-Hi rookie head coach Brian Han­son said of his team’s early score, and de­fen­sive stop. “I think there was some po­ten­tial be­hind that. [But] I think we got a lit­tle bit worn down. The kids aren’t re­ally used to be­ing in that po­si­tion — Cam­bridge is a very good foot­ball team . ... it’s a learn­ing process.”

C-SD learned from a cou­ple of flawed as­sign­ments on Wi-Hi’s first scor­ing drive and ad­justed on de­fense. The shift, from a 3-5 base to schemes with lineback­ers cheat­ing up, and oc­ca­sion­ally more down line­men, helped plug rush­ing lanes, and sti­fled Wi-Hi’s of­fense in the sec­ond quar­ter.

The In­di­ans, who out­gained C-SD 113-38 on the ground in the first quar­ter, man­aged just nine to­tal yards of of­fense, on seven snaps, in the sec­ond.

C-SD moved to a 21-6 half­time lead to a 19-yard Hard­ing scram­ble, and Brum­mell’s first score, an 11-yard jaunt to the left of cen­ter.

Lake pushed his way to the goal line from nine yards out in the third, not quite three min­utes af­ter Cam­bridgeSD re­ceived the sec­ond-half kick­off.

Kobi Ruark’s 8-yard run gave the Vik­ings a 34-6 ad­van­tage early in the fourth be­fore Wi­comico’s Paquan Petitt pulled in Pat­ter­son’s 3-yard touch­down pass that made it 34-12.

“We were up by three scores, but we couldn’t re­ally kick the ball deep, be­cause of how dan­ger­ous they were back there,” Cole­man said. “One of those kids, he’s the all-time WiHi school leader in re­turn yardage, and we knew we had to keep it away from him. When he did get a ball down­field from us, even on the squibs we kicked, he had some­thing like 150 yards of re­turns on us tonight any­way.”

The squibs and on­side tries kept giv­ing the In­di­ans good field po­si­tion, and they cap­i­tal­ized, scor­ing twice more in the fourth, first on a 59-yard run by Ron­nie Satchel, and then a Cos­ton 31-yarder. But each time, the Vik­ings an­swered, Brum­mell scor­ing twice. Ja­cob Mor­ris scored on a 13-yard Hard­ing pass — one of just three thrown by the junior all night, two for com­ple­tions — fol­low­ing one Wi-Hi score.

“I’m proud of how the of­fense came out,” Cole­man said. “And the de­fense made some good ad­just­ments against a team that, I think, is go­ing to win more games than they lose this year.

“I’m ac­tu­ally glad we got to play Wi-Hi when we did, at the start of the year,” Cole­man said. “We’ve had three weeks to prac­tice, to get ready to face a triple-op­tion of­fense . ... The other teams they’re go­ing to face, they’ll have only 3-4-5 days to prac­tice against it. And Wi-Hi is fast, and they’ve got ath­letes.

“We fig­ured, at half­time, that if we could score twice in the sec­ond half, Wi-Hi would time them­selves out; they’d run out of clock,” Cole­man added. “But in­stead, we scored a cou­ple of times, and they they kept com­ing back. You fig­ure, they were kick­ing on­side all night; a cou­ple of on­sides that they kicked, if they get re­cov­ered, they could ob­vi­ously score, so this game was close un­til maybe the last five min­utes or so . ... We had to do some­thing of­fen­sively, be­cause of how fast their of­fense was, and luck­ily, we did. “This was a qual­ity win for us. This game is go­ing to be worth a lot of play­off points for us down the road, be­cause I think Wi-Hi’s go­ing to have a good sea­son over­all.”

Notes: Pat­ter­son led the Wi-Hi rush­ing at­tack with 88 yards on 15 car­ries; McCarter, Cos­ton, and Satchel com­bined for 204 yards rush­ing on 11 to­tal touches. C-SD out­rushed the In­di­ans 429313 . ... Wi-Hi vis­its Stephen De­catur Fri­day at 6 p.m.; 30 min­utes later, the Vik­ings kick off at North Caro­line. The Bull­dogs won in Cam­bridge last year, 20-14.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester quar­ter­back Tyler Hard­ing fires a pass deep down­field a com­pe­ti­tion in a win over Wi­comico Fri­day, Sept. 2.

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester re­ceiver Jimmy Schulze gets be­hind the de­fense and catches a deep pass from Tyler Hard­ing in a win over Wi­comico Fri­day, Sept. 2.

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