Lake, Brummell join for 8 TDs in runaway
ONANCOCK, VA. — Jake Coleman foresaw the first several minutes of Friday’s game.
His Cambridge-South Dorchester High football team, like the other members of the Bayside Conference, spent almost the entire week indoors. Rain, which began last weekend and hasn’t taken a full day off since, caused school closures in one Eastern Shore county Thursday, and three on Friday, limiting outdoor practice time for every program in the conference, and causing dozens of postponements.
As a result, Coleman’s team found itself in a 14-7 hole midway through the first quarter on the road against Nandua High, a school on Virginia’s Eastern Shore which amazingly saw very little precipitation.
“We’ve been in the gym all week, very little outside practice time, and we’re running up against a spread offense,” Coleman, now in his 11th year coaching the Vikings, said. “And then you’ve got two hours on the bus. And when you come out against an offense like that, you don’t know how wide their formations are, and you don’t get to see firsthand how they move, and you haven’t been able to practice against it. If you’re in a gym, where are you gonna go? You don’t have a lot of room to spread out like that.
“But once we got ourselves together, we did fine,” Coleman added. “We didn’t make any real changes; we just did things the way we were supposed to.”
Apparently, those things included scoring 65 unanswered points, and winning going away, 72-14.
The victory improved the Vikings to 4-1, while Nandua, whose season began a week earlier, is now 4-2. Coleman also notched his 75th career coaching win; he garnered 25 in his first five seasons at the helm, and has 50 more since the start of the 2011 campaign, including seven playoff victories and a pair of Class 1A East Region titles.
“Our O-line was just amazing tonight,” said senior tailback Tre’ Lake, who ran for 196 yards and five touchdowns. “They made us some great holes.”
But the Warriors’ air attack was the biggest factor early on. Winning the toss and receiving the opening kickof f, Nandua was flagged for an illegal-motion penalty on its first offensive play, but shrugged it off, converting a fourth-and-2 to reach midfield moments later.
Quarterback Kelly Reagan (12-for-19 passing, 158 yards) hit Christopher Locklear for a screen to the left on the fifth Nandua play of the night. Breaking a tackle and cutting right, Locklear scored to make it 7-0 after a Kristo Castillo point-after kick, just 2 minutes, 3 seconds in.
But the Vikings answered back on their next possession. Junior quarterback Tyler Harding found C.J. Brummell over the middle for a 27-yard score, then kicked the extra-point to tie the game less than 90 seconds later.
Nandua wasn’t done, though, and Reagan hit Locklear for a second score, on a deep slant from 35 yards out, putting the score at 14-7.
But then the Viking offense got going, while the defense stepped up its game.
“The defense didn’t mak
any changes, either,” Coleman said. “But they did start going to the ball like we had practiced.”
Though they didn’t jump in on any of the Warriors’ receiving routes, and couldn’t pick Reagan off all night (one tipped pass in the first quarter bounced off the hands of two Viking defenders before falling incomplete), C-SD did manage to eliminate the deep threat, and kept the Warriors from turning small gains into big ones.
After allowing over 100 yards of offense in the first quarter, C-SD yielded less than 75 the rest of the night, eventually outgaining the Warriors, 531-180.
Lake’s first touchdown of the night, a 4-yard rumble on fourthand-1, made the score 14-13, Warriors, but Harding’s PAT banged off the left post.
However, the string of 10 straight unanswered scores by the visitors had begun.
Brummell’s first scoring play of the night, a 50-yard counter play to the left, put C-SD ahead, 19-14; the two-point conversion try failed, but the Vikings, as things turned out, had taken the lead for good as the first quarter drew to a close.
Second-quarter Lake runs of 55 and 4 yards, and a 20-yard Harding pass to Jake Morris, accounted for three more touchdowns; C-SD led 40-14 at halftime.
Receiving the second-half kickoff, the Vikings, who didn’t punt all evening, scored again, Lake striking on a run from 15 yards out, to make it 47-14. Harding hit Morris with a 15-yard touchdown pass on the next possession to make it 5314 and set up the running clock. Brummell, Darius Woolford, and Lake added scoring runs of 10, 33, and 49 yards, respectively, as the fourth quarter wound down.