Cam­bridge cruises to vic­tory

Vik­ings score touch­downs on first three pos­ses­sions to im­prove to 5-1

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

CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High cruised to a 41-6 vic­tory over Colonel Richard­son Friday night, improving to 5-1 over­all and 3-1 in the Bay­side.

CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High cruised to a 41-6 vic­tory over Colonel Richard­son Friday night, improving to 5-1 over­all and 3-1 in the Bay­side.

Vik­ings head coach Jake Cole­man wanted the team to start faster this week af­ter trail­ing in the first quar­ter of their last two games. The Vik­ings re­sponded with touch­downs on their first three pos­ses­sions to take a 21-0 lead early in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“I felt like we had a slow start the last cou­ple games and I wanted to come out fast,” Cole­man said. “I was re­ally proud of the guys be­cause they came out, and de­fen­sively we were locked in right from the open­ing kick­off.

“That is go­ing to be very, very im­por­tant when you are fac­ing a team like Kent Is­land,” he said. “We can build off this vic­tory, and use it as we pre­pare for Kent Is­land next week. I’m just re­ally, re­ally proud of how the en­tire team came out with a lot of en­ergy and great ex­e­cu­tion to build an early lead.”

The Cam­bridge-SD de­fense started the game with a sack by Jack Mor­ris and Tranell Clan­ton on the open­ing play. On the next play, line­backer Kobi Ruark stuffed Colonel full­back Calvin Til­gh­man for no gain. With third-and-long Colonel quar­ter­back Jake Ze­bron dropped back to pass but he was hit hard by Bran­don Tibbs. The ball went for­ward for an in­com­ple­tion, Colonel was forced to punt.

Af­ter a punt, the Vik­ings took over at Colonels’ 38 yard line and scored their first touch­down in five plays. Tajh Molock (eight car­ries, 64 yards, touch­down) started the drive with an eight-yard run. Tre’ Lake (15138, two touch­downs) car­ried up the mid­dle for 10 yards.

Quar­ter­back Tyler Hard­ing (1 for 3, 19 yards) went play-ac­tion, and found C.J. Brum­mell along the side­line for a 19-yard gain to the one yard line. Lake car­ried into the end zone on the next play for the score. Lake also added a two-point con­ver­sion for an 8-0 Cam­bridge-SD lead.

The Cam­bridge-SD de­fense halted Colonel’s next drive near mid­field. Fac­ing a fourt­hand-one, run­ning back Eric Joseph car­ried but Ruark bolted through the line of scrim­mage and stopped Joseph short for no gain.

Lake scored five plays later from three yards out to in­crease the Vik­ings’ lead to 15-0 in the first quar­ter.

The Colonels (2-4, 1-4) got their of­fense go­ing on their third drive, march­ing into Cam­bridge-SD ter­ri­tory on runs by Robert Thomp­son and Joseph.

With sec­ond-and-one from the 37, the Vik­ing de­fense stuffed the Colonels. Thomp­son was stopped for no gain by Josh Townsend, Demetri Sheilds and Mor­ris. Danny Van­riel and Clan­ton tack­led Joseph for a four-yard loss on third down. The Colonels went for it on fourth down, but Ze­bron’s pass fell in­com­plete, turn­ing the ball over to the Vik­ings.

Lake got Cam­bridge-SD back in the red zone with a 38-yard run to the 10 yard line on third-and-eight. Brum­mell capped the drive with a 10-yard touch­down run off a counter

to in­crease the Vik­ing lead to 21-0 in the sec­ond quar­ter. Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester was driv­ing on its next pos­ses­sion, but Joseph halted the march with an in­ter­cep­tion in the red zone for the Colonels.

Ruark forced the Colonels in a fourth-and-long when he stopped Thomp­son on a sweep. Colonel went for it, but Ze­bron’s pass to Joseph fell in­com­plete.

Af­ter five-straight runs by Lake got the ball in­side the Colonel 25, Ruark spelled Lake in the back­field and wasted lit­tle time to make an im­pact on the of­fen­sive end. Ruark took a Hard­ing hand­off on third-and-four and sprinted through the line for a 13-yard touch­down and a 28-0 Vik­ings’ lead be­fore half­time.

Ruark also set up a thirdquar­ter scor­ing drive with an in­ter­cep­tion he re­turned for 40 yards. He fin­ished the game with 30 yards on the ground and a team-high six tack­les.

“Kobi did an out­stand­ing job on both sides of the ball tonight,” Cole­man said. “Kobi was a guy who was in­jured last year and didn’t get a chance to play. He got hurt at the end of his sopho­more sea­son play­ing lacrosse so he has been chop­ping at the bit.

“It has been out­stand­ing hav­ing him on the team,” he added. “He puts in so much ef­fort and en­thu­si­asm. I had no idea he would be this great of a player for us. He does a great job on de­fense, and as you saw tonight, can come in on of­fense and make an im­pact. It is awe­some to have a guy like that.”

Cam­bridge-SD earned a run­ning clock with a 60-yard kick­off re­turn for a touch­down by Molock to make the score 35-0. Molock would score on the ground from 10 yards out to make it 41-0 on a drive set up by Ruark’s in­ter­cep­tion.

The Colonels would get on the board late in the fourth quar­ter on a 47-yard touch­down pass from Ze­bron to Cloder­son Charles to make the score 41-6 Vik­ings.

Cam­bridge-SD is slated to visit Kent Is­land Friday, Oct. 14.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Justin Tyler (28) leads Kobi Ruark (44) down the side­line af­ter Ruark in­ter­cepted a pass against Colonel Richard­son Friday, Oct. 7. Ruark made a team-high six tack­les, rushed for 30 yards and scored a rush­ing touch­down in the vic­tory.

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