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