Bulldogs visit Queen Anne’s in Week 9 featured tilt
Colonels, Warriors cling to dim playoff hopes
As serious as things can get on the sidelines of a football game, there are also a few humorous moments.
Take, for instance, the time a four-man chain crew all fell down at a game I saw in 2010 (I won’t name the team, to save embarrassment), or the times I’ve been nearly bowled over on the sidelines, by running backs as they get pushed out of bounds. A collision happens every five or six games, in my experience.
I’ve also nearly been run over by three athletic directors in their Gators, fallen in that same stupid hole on the home team’s sideline at Cambridge-South Dorchester nine times (it’s been covered now, thankfully).
I have yet to get knocked off my feet by a player, though, and am still somewhat nimble for my age, except that time I tripped over one of our black labShepherd mix dogs, Bailey, late last November, and fell down half a flight of stairs, tearing the meniscus in my right knee.
While I’m usually good at dodging such mishaps, I’m not a good fibber.
My honesty earned me a little grief from Colonel Richardson coach Dan Mangum a couple of weeks ago in Virginia, as his team took on Nandua in what is probably the best game I’ve seen all year. In the end, Colonel won a 34-27 nailbiter which his team pulled out after trailing by seven points three different times.
It’s late in the third quarter, and Dan calls a timeout. Line judge Mike Farrare, who also does basketball, is the nearest official, and Dan asks him, “how many do we have left?”
I look at my clipboard and see Colonel has already called one other timeout, so I, being honest, yell “I think you’ve got one left, Dan,” and Mike says the same maybe two seconds later.
“Daggone it, Insley!” Dan yelled at me. “If you’re gonna be on my sideline, you gotta work with me on stuff!”
“Oh, sorry,” I say to Dan. Then I turn to Mike and call out, “Mike, I think he actually has five timeouts left.”
“Uh, no, sir,” Mike answers with a laugh. “No he does not.”
I shrug; hey, it’s always worth a try.
All the levity might be gone from play this week; the playoffs draw nigh, and it’s a very serious part of the season. Anyone who loses in the last two weeks could either miss the playoffs entirely, or their shot at hosting games in the early rounds.
The most serious game on the schedule for Week 9, the next-to-last week of the regular season, is obviously North Caroline’s visit to Queen Anne’s.
Brandon Hickman, on last year’s team, remembers the Bulldogs’ 42-17 blowout win last October. “That was a bad night,” he said Thursday after his team had rolled over Wicomico High, “and we don’t want that to happen again. We want to try to get some payback.”
With C. J. Rogers for the Lions and David Bailey of the Bulldogs both being questionable at the time I write this, each team is missing a key running back.
But the Lions are playing at home and, yes, it does mean something in high school, even if you’re only
20 minutes from your opponent’s house.
Bulldogs-Lions highlights our Week 9 slate, but there are several other games with huge playoff implications.
Colonel Richardson, trying to claw its way back into the postseason after a 12-year drought, visits Washington, who hopes to play spoiler. The Colonels need to beat the Jaguars and get help to make the postseason if they can’t get by North Caroline in Week 10, something they haven’t done since 2006.
That year, the Colonels trailed at halftime, but turned things around in the second half, winning 48-35. It was the first time Colonel won the Superintendent’s Cup, and it’s also the last to date.
Easton, looking to get back into the postseason after a 2-8 campaign in 2015, has a mathematical chance to make the playoffs, but here’s what has to happen.
First, Easton has to win at Wi-Hi, and beat Cambridge-South Dorchester next week. Elkton, the only team Easton can get past for a playoff spot in the Class 2A East region to which both belong, has to lose its last two games.
Then, Easton needs as many of the eight games that can give them a bonus point as possible to go their way, and as few as possible to go Elkton’s way. To sum that part of the scenario up, Easton needs to gain two bonus points on Elkton, in addition to a win-out, loseout contingency.
Elkton plays winless North East-Cecil in a week, though, so there’s that. Meanwhile, though, the Warriors must continue with business as usual and hope they catch a break in games in which they don’t play.
C-SD, having secured a playoff spot and no realistic way they can drop below the second seed in the 1A East, must keep winning, though. Even if this week’s opponent, 0-8 Snow Hill, isn’t worth many points, it helps keep Bohemia Manor from overtaking the Vikings for the top spot. Again, though, Week 10 should see some fireworks at Viking Stadium, as Easton comes to town.
Kent Island, with a game against Parkside this week, needs to do the same as C-SD, and win. Queen Anne’s is coming to town next week, and that game’s always an instant classic.
For this week, though, Bulldogs-Lions is the marquee contest. All three South Bayside counties, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester hosts games, while Queen Anne’s County has one each in Stevensville and Centreville. Friday’s Games Game of the Week N. Caroline (7-1) at Queen Anne’s (7-1) Except for a 90-plus-combined-point shootout, no outcome would surprise me, though I would say I think this will be within one score either way. (Radio: 94.3 WINX-FM, pregame 6:45 p.m.)
— Lions, 28-26. Easton (5-3) at Wicomico (3-5) Last year, Easton won at home by two scores (22-12). This year, I think they’ll do a little better than that on the road. — Warriors, 42-14.
Cambridge-SD (6-2) at Snow Hill (0-8) The outcome’s not an issue; the only concern is that nobody gets hurt in this one, on either side. Snow Hill’s numbers are critically low, and C-SD will need all hands on deck for Easton, and the playoffs thereafter. (Radio: WCEMAM 1240, pregame 6:45 p.m.) — Vikings, 52-6. Colonel (3-5) at Washington (3-5) Washington needs a win this week or next week to match its best record since 2003 (the team went 4-6 two years ago). This week is its best chance. — Colonels, 35-34.
Kent County (4-4) at Arcadia, Va. (3-6) At least the Trojans won’t have to take a nearly threehour bus ride home unhappy. — Trojans, 42-13. Parkside (5-3) at Kent Island (8-0) Kent Island hasn’t lost to the Rams since 2002 (Parkside won the first four meetings; Kent Island’s first season was 1999). The streak will continue unabated this year. — Bucs, 45-6. Saturday’s Game Stephen Decatur (0-8) at J. M. Bennett (3-5) Everyone has lamented the decline of Seahawk football. Bennett’s having an off year, but this week will make it feel a little better.
Cambridge-South Dorchester quarterback Tyler Harding fires a pass for a touchdown against Washington Friday, Oct. 21.