Bucs-Warriors highlights Week 8 football schedule
Four games set for Thursday due to state teachers’ convention
In September, 2003, I was at Warrior Stadium when Kent Island High football got its first win over Easton. Then-coach Bryon Sofinowski, who led the team for over a decade, was beyond ecstatic in that Week 3, 7-6 win.
Since then, the Buccaneers have had a lot of success in this rivalry. Winning again in 2004, Kent Island lost to Easton in 2005 and 2006, but hasn’t done so since. The Buccaneers’ winning streak now stands at 10 games in a row against Easton, including a first-round playoff win two seasons back.
However, with a 5-2 record, a high-powered offense, and two wins already against teams who made the playoffs last season, the Warriors are back in form for 2016. Friday night’s game is going to be fun, but an Easton loss probably means the team probably won’t be able to secure a playoff berth this year.
An Easton win, though, would go a long way toward getting one, since Kent Island is worth a whopping 13 playoff points right now. Plus, Wicomico and Cambridge-South Dorchester, worth a total of about 20 more points coming into this week, are both opponents the Warriors are capable of beating, are left on the schedule.
Easton currently sits fifth in the Class 2A East standings, with 42 playoff points; only the top four teams will make the second season.
The Warriors have a bit of a hill to climb, being 8.3 points behind No. 4 Elkton, 11 points behind Queen Anne’s for the third seed, and trailing second-ranked North Caroline by 13. A move up is very achievable by season’s end — provided they win this week.
A loss could put Easton too far behind; Elkton’s last real challenge is this week, against 1A Bohemia Manor. The Golden Elks’ next two opponents have just one win between them.
A Kent Island win would mean a nearly insurmountable lead for the No. 1 spot, with Parkside and Queen Anne’s left on that team’s schedule.
I see no way the Bucs lose in both Weeks 9 and 10 — but let’s say, for the sake of argument, they
split. A record of 9-1 would, in this scenario, come with around 87 playoff points. That’ll be a task to top, even for any other team which wins out.
Queen Anne’s, facing North Caroline, and then Kent Island, in the final fortnight, has the roughest endgame this season, but as with Kent Island, what if these teams split? That, plus Elkton’s likely win-out scenario, could still keep Easton at home when Week 11 rolls around.
North Caroline, in second, obviously has the best shot to get by Kent Island, but needs help (which can come only in the form of Kent Island losses) in its quest to regain its top playoff seed from 2015. Right now, Kent Island sits at 68.3 playoff points, while the Bulldogs have 55, and Queen Anne’s boasts 53. Elkton has 51.
Most of Week 8’s slate of contests are on Thursday, due to the annual state teachers’ convention this coming weekend. And while Thursday has a couple of fun games to watch, Bucs-Warriors at 6:30 p.m. Friday is the biggest show in town this week.
A team you won’t be seeing this week will be Colonel Richardson. As has been mentioned a multitude of times before, the Colonels couldn’t fill their open date in Week 8 when their planned opponent, Baltimore City school Reginald Lewis, dropped their game over the summer.
Colonel, in the 1A East, is holding on, right now, to the No. 4 playoff seed; the team hasn’t made the playoffs in over a decade. A bye week won’t help them build up any more points, so with just two games left, at Washington on Oct. 28 and at home against North Caroline Nov. 4, time’s running out.
Meanwhile, Kent County, which is 0.1 playoff points ahead of Colonel for the three-seed in that region, hopes to even up its record after last week’s loss dropped the team to 3-4.
C-SD, atop the 1A East, will likely pad its lead this week, with Washington coming to town.
Here’s Bayside football for Week 8. There are games on Thursday in Worcester, Caroline, Wicomico, and Kent; Dorchester and Talbot Counties host games on Friday, so there’s definitely a game near you. The gnomes in my basement took off for a few days, and say they’re going on a road trip, so I get all the credit (or blame) this time around. Enjoy! Thursday’s Games J. M. Bennett (3-4) at N. Caroline (6-1) This is a fun matchup in almost every sport; this year, though, the hosts have too much for the Clippers. — Bulldogs, 42-10.
Parkside (4-3) at Decatur (0-7) i never thought I’d see Decatur start a year 0-8. My first year back at this profession, in 2003, saw them go 10-2 and lose in the regional final to an Aberdeen team which had a future NFL player, Erin Henderson,
as quarterback. — Rams, 35-14.
Queen Anne’s (6-1) at Wicomico (2-5) This game could see a running clock, especially if visiting quarterback Mike D’Angelo airs the ball out. Last time I saw him do that, he notched four touchdowns on just six throws. — Lions, 42-13.
Snow Hill (0-7) at Kent County (3-4) The Eagles might not win this year. I hope the team stays together, and honestly, if they finish the season, that’s a win. This program is too proud to be left to go fallow. — Trojans, 45-7. Friday’s Games Game of the Week Kent island (7-0) at Easton (5-2) Just as in their game against Queen Anne’s a couple of weeks back, the Warriors could lead for a good part of this. But in the end, I go... (Radio: 94.3 WINX-FM, pregame 6:15 p.m.)
— Buccaneers, 35-20. Washington (2-5) at Cambridge-SD (6-1) A win here would give the Vikings the Class 1A Bayside title for the umpteenth year, including, i believe, nine in a row. (Radio: WCEM-AM 1240; pregame 6:45 p.m.)
— Vikings, 48-20.
Last Week: 6-2. Season To Date: 43-8 (.843)
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Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Tajh Molock makes a diving attempt for a pass in the end zone against Kent Island Friday, Oct. 14.
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Tajh Molock races to the outside for a big gain against Kent Island Friday, Oct. 14.
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Tyler Harding fires a pass over the middle against Kent Island Friday, Oct. 14.