4 - Star Opening Act
Brummell’s 4 TDs help C-SD thump rebuilding Wi-Hi
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.
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.