Lake sinks Tro­jans

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Tre’ Lake scored five touch­downs and rushed for 230 yards in a 4220 victory Kent County Fri­day, Sept. 23.

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Kent County 20 CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High run­ning back Tre’ Lake pro­vided speed, power and points in Fri­day night’s 42-20 victory over 1A Bayside Con­fer­ence rival Kent County.

The se­nior scored five touch­downs (four rush­ing, one spe­cial teams), amass­ing more than 300 to­tal yards to move Cam­bridgeSD to 3-1 over­all, 2-1 Bayside.

Lake’s 31 car­ries for 230 yards helped erase a 14-0 sec­ond-quar­ter deficit, a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion the Vikings faced last sea­son in Wor­ton, when they ral­lied to win in over­time af­ter trail­ing 20-6 at half­time.

“I think of last year’s game and the re­siliency they showed, and they were able to pull upon that,” Cam­bridge-SD head coach Jake Cole­man said. “Our lead­ers were very, very calm. They were con­fi­dent if we ex­e­cuted the game plan, and kept play­ing hard, we could re­gain the lead and come out on top.”

In a span of 23 of­fen­sive plays and 12 min­utes of game clock in the sec­ond and third quar­ters, Lake and the Vikings turned the 14-point deficit into a 28-14 lead.

With 5:26 left in the sec­ond quar­ter, Cam­bridge-SD’s drive be­gan at its 40 fol­low­ing Mar­c­quan Greene’s sec­ond rush­ing touch­down for Kent County.

Lake car­ried twice for eight yards to set up a third-and-two from the 48. Lake then burst through a hole and raced by a Tro­jan cor­ner­back for a 50-yard run down to the 2-yard line. Lake scored on the next play to make it 14-7 Tro­jans.

Cole­man then caught Kent County off guard with a sur­prise on­side kick that kicker Tyler Hard­ing re­cov­ered with no Tro­jans around.

“That was a huge mo­men­tum play for us,” Cole­man said. “Tyler, who also kicks for us, did a great

job with how hard he kicked the ball. We felt it was an op­por­tu­nity to change the mo­men­tum in our fa­vor, and Tyler did a great job of get­ting the ball.”

Lake’s 9-yard run set up an 18yard play-ac­tion pass from Hard­ing to Jake Mor­ris on a cor­ner route.

A hold­ing call pushed the Vikings back to the 35 and sec­on­dand-23. A Tajh Molock 5-yard run and a 10-yard pass from Hard­ing to Jimmy Schulze set up a fourt­hand-10 from the 20. Hard­ing threw in­com­plete, but the drive was ex­tended when Kent County was flagged for pass in­ter­fer­ence.

Two plays later, Lake scored from two yards out and the ex­tra point tied the score at 14-14 with 40 sec­onds be­fore half­time.

“At half­time, I said, ‘We played a ter­ri­ble first half but we still were tied at 14-14 so let’s go out here and fin­ish,’” Cole­man said. “The kids were able to do that. I thought our ad­just­ments that we made at half­time, both of­fen­sively and de­fen­sively, were right what the kids needed.”

Through­out the game, nei­ther team kicked the ball deep with Greene and Lake two of the pre­mier kick re­turn­ers in the con­fer­ence. But to open the sec­ond half, Kent County sent the kick­off deep into the wait­ing hands of Lake, who found day­light pro­vided by the Vikings’ spe­cial­team­ers and raced 85 yards for a touch­down and a 21-14 lead.

On the en­su­ing kick­off, Hard­ing squibbed the kick, and the ball took a large hop over a Kent County player and the Vikings re­cov­ered the ball.

With the Tro­jans on the ropes, Hard­ing (2-5, 29 yards) threw deep on third-and-14 from the 25. Re­ceiver Jimmy Schulze leaped high and snatched the pass in the end zone, but Kent County de­fen­sive back Dashawn Lis­ter got his hand on the ball and dis­lodged it for an in­com­ple­tion as the two fell to the ground.

The Tro­jan de­fense stopped the Vikings on downs on the next play, but the of­fense went three­and-out, giv­ing the ball right back to Cam­bridge-SD.

The run­ning of Lake and Molock (10-59) moved the ball from the 50 to the 21 in three plays, then Lake sprinted around the right end and scored his fourth touch­down for a 28-14 Vikings lead with 5:27 left in the third.

Dur­ing the Vikings’ four­touch­down scor­ing spree, Kent County only ran four of­fen­sive plays.

“Tre’ is such an out­stand­ing player,” Cole­man said. “He is a power guy with a lot of speed. He can run through you or around you.

“It comes from the hard work he does with our run­ning back coaches — coach Bubba Sim­mons and coach John Cole­man,” he added. “They do a great job and re­ally test and push Tre’. He is one of those kids with an un­be­liev­able work ethic. When it pays off on the field, it is re­ally no sur­prise to us be­cause he has a lot of will.”

The Tro­jans (2-2, 2-2) have been plagued with in­juries and player sus­pen­sions dur­ing the open­ing month of the sea­son. Week One start­ing quar­ter­back Tyson John­son was hurt and did not play against Cam­bridge-SD.

With op­tions lim­ited due to other in­juries, Tro­jan head coach Bren­don Ire­ton put 2015 first­team all state hon­oree and Bayside player of the year Greene, a run­ning back and re­ceiver, in at quar­ter­back to run a read-op­tion, power run­ning at­tack.

In the first quar­ter, the Tro­jan de­fense gave the of­fense ex­cel­lent field pos­ses­sion when Nathaniel Fithian re­cov­ered a fourth-down Vik­ing fum­ble and re­turned it to the 17-yard line.

Greene car­ried right for seven yards on first down, but the Cam­bridge-SD de­fense stuffed Takai Caulk on con­sec­u­tive car­ries to set up fourth-and-three.

The Tro­jans went for it and Greene rolled left and fired a pass to Si­lar Phillips for a com­ple­tion at the one-yard line for a first down. Af­ter a Kent County penalty, Greene took the direct snap and pow­ered his way into the end zone for a 6-0 lead.

Kent County be­gan its first pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond quar­ter from its own 42. Runs by Caulk, Phillips and Greene moved the ball to the 13-yard line. The Tro­jans faced an­other fourt­hand-one, but Greene kept the drive go­ing with a six-yard run. Greene scored on the next play from three yards out to give Kent County a 14-0 lead.

“I thought we played pretty tough,” Ire­ton said. “Our de­fense was on the field a lot. They came out strong.

“There were some calls out there that we don’t nec­es­sar­ily agree with, but that is what it is,” he added. “It will not change the out­come. I thought our kids played hard un­til the end.”

Fac­ing a 28-14 deficit, the Tro­jans fought back and marched 67 yards on the run­ning of Greene, Caulk, Phillips and Tre Wright.

Greene scored from two yards out to cut the Vikings lead to 2820. Greene fin­ished the game with 103 rush­ing on 16 car­ries and three touch­downs.

The Vikings de­fense, though, held Greene to only two plays of more than 10 yards, the longest a 27-yard run at the end of the fourth quar­ter. For the game, the Vikings held the Kent County ground at­tack to 163 yards and yielded only nine yards in the air.

“They’ve got a lot of re­ally good run­ning backs,” Cole­man said. “Mar­c­quan Greene is the pre­mier player in the con­fer­ence and one of the pre­mier guys in the state. We know that Mar­c­quan is al­ways look­ing to burn you when you over pur­sue.

“We just told our guys to have great pur­suit and tack­ling,” he added. “He is ver y, ver y tough to tackle. I felt like over­all, we did a re­ally good job. He had 16 car­ries for a lit­tle over 100 yards, and gosh, we’ll take that. I was very, very pleased with the way we tack­led over­all.”

Cam­bridge-SD put the game away in the fourth quar­ter with a 10-play, 61-yard drive, fea­tur­ing eight car­ries by Lake. The drive’s longest run was only eight yards, but Lake kept the chains and the clock mov­ing. On the 10th play, from the six-yard line, Lake scored his fifth over­all touch­down and the Vikings led 35-20.

Vikings de­fen­sive back Koby Jones iced the game on the Tro­jans’ next pos­ses­sion by in­ter­cept­ing Greene’s pass and re­turn­ing it 99 yards for a touch­down and a 42-20 lead.

Cam­bridge-SD is sched­uled to visit Nan­dua at 7 p.m. Fri­day, Sept. 30, and Kent County is slated to host Eas­ton at 1:30 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 1.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Tre’ Lake sprints around the cor­ner for a 21-yard touch­down Fri­day evening against Kent County.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Koby Jones finds day­light and races 99 yards for an in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down against Kent County 42-20 Fri­day, Sept. 23.

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester re­ceiver Jimmy Schulze leaps and snatches a pass in the end zone, but Kent County de­fen­sive back Dashawn Lis­ter got his hand on the ball and dis­lodged the ball for an in­com­ple­tion as the two fell to the ground Fri­day, Sept. 23.

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