Bucs-War­riors high­lights Week 8 foot­ball sched­ule

Four games set for Thurs­day due to state teach­ers’ con­ven­tion

Dorchester Star - - Sports - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com DAVID INSLEY

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)

Ca­reer To Date: 829-174 (.827).

Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @ Davetalkss­ports.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Tajh Molock makes a div­ing at­tempt for a pass in the end zone against Kent Is­land Fri­day, Oct. 14.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Tajh Molock races to the out­side for a big gain against Kent Is­land Fri­day, Oct. 14.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Tyler Hard­ing fires a pass over the mid­dle against Kent Is­land Fri­day, Oct. 14.

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