Bull­dogs visit Queen Anne’s in Week 9 fea­tured tilt

Colonels, War­riors cling to dim play­off hopes

Dorchester Star - - Sports - DAVID INSLEY

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.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester quar­ter­back Tyler Hard­ing fires a pass for a touch­down against Wash­ing­ton Fri­day, Oct. 21.

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