Vikings rout Perryville
LB recovers onside kick, fumble; backs net 4 scores in region semi rout of Panthers
CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge-South Dorchester football team routed Perryville 37-7 Friday, Nov. 11, in the Class 1A East Region football semifinal at Viking Stadium.
The Vikings host Kent County in the 1A East Region final at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18.
CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge-South Dorchester High senior Brandon Tibbs knew what was coming.
“It was wide open, and I knew I could get it,” Tibbs, who plays linebacker and special teams, said of the onside kick which bounded across midfield and into Perryville territory, to begin Friday’s Class 1A East Region football semifinal at Viking Stadium.
“I knew I could get to it,” Tibbs said, “and I knew how much we needed it. When I got it, I knew we had started something.”
“It was huge for us,” classmate and tailback Tre’ Lake added. “It was a big momentum swing for us.”
Tibbs fell on the live ball at the Perryville 46-yard line to give the Vikings possession. Two snaps later, Tajh Molock ran for a 39-yard touchdown, putting C-SD on its way to a 37-7 rout of the Panthers.
The third-seeded Vikings (8-3) host their most consistent 1A rival in recent years, No. 4-seed Kent County (6-5), at 7 p.m. Friday for the region crown. The Trojans shut out top-ranked Bohemia Manor, 19-0, Friday in the other 1A East contest.
“Our special teams coaches, Dan Dobronz and Brian Harris, they looked at game film, and they told me, ‘it’s there; we can do it,’ and that’s their responsibility to figure things like that out,” C-SD head coach Jake Coleman said. “And they were right, they were dead-on. So we tried it, and Brandon got it.”
Immediately after Molock’s scoring run, an offsides call on the Panthers turned a planned Tyler Harding point-after kick into a 2-point Tre’ Lake conversion run, making it 8-0, just 56 seconds into the game.
Perryville, with fullback Zac Zacerous, was expected to give the Vikings — a bit smaller on the defensive front than most of the Panther players blocking for the big ball carrier — trouble in the trenches.
But the Vikings swarmed the ball, holding Zacerous, who averaged 120.6 yards per game during the season, to just 19 yards on 12 touches.
“I think on both sides, they won the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball tonight. I was actually very surprised, to be honest with you,” Perryville head coach Chris Johnson said. “I thought we’d dominate the line of scrimmage. We just could not get anything going running the football . ... We could not get Zac going running the football.”
C-SD’s defense kept up the pressure on the Panther O-line, limiting the visitors to just 50 net rushing yards on the night, on 21 touches.
The Vikings stopped the Panthers a yard short on a fourth-and-two to begin the second quarter, the first of Perryville’s three turnovers on downs on the night.
Tre’ Lake, who entered the playoff openers with a Bayside Conference-best 24 touchdowns, scored the first of two more on Friday, on a 9-yard run with 10 minutes, 45 seconds to go in the first half. He added a one-yard dive for points, with 3:50 to go in the half, and Harding PAT kicks after each made it 22-0 at halftime.
“The line has been just great,” said Lake, who ended the night with 50 yards on 14 carries. “I’ve been telling them, ‘if you do your job, then I’ll do mine,’ and I managed to do it.”
Perryville lost a fumble, recovered by Viking Tranell Clanton, on its first possession of the second period, and drove deep into Viking territory on its next.
But, on a second-and-10 from the Viking 25, Perryville quarterback Dominic Gugliotta, lofted a pass for tall, long-armed receiver Duane — but Molock caught it instead, falling out of bounds at the C-SD 5.
Receiving the second-half kickoff, the Vikings worked quickly to add another seven points. Molock’s second run, this time from 28 yards, capped a four-play, 60-yard drive that used just under 2 minutes of the third-quarter clock.
The Panthers chewed up seven game minutes on their next possession, after Harding’s kickoff sailed into the end zone for a touchback. Marching to the C-SD 39, they faced a fourth-and-7, and got a break in the form of an offsides call against the Vikings which made it a short fourthand-2 instead.
But on the next snap, Demetri Shields came up big on defense, dropping Zacerous for a one-yard loss and forcing another turnover on downs.
“The defense was really strong tonight for us,” Coleman said. “For them to come up big so many times against a good team like that, it was a great night for them.”
Already up 29-0, C-SD added another touchdown moments later. On fourth-and-11 from the Perryville 20, Harding found Jacob Morris on a fade route in the left corner of the end zone for a touchdown; another offsides call led to another Lake conversion, starting the running clock with the score at 37-0, and just over a minute to go in the third.
Perryville, burning 10 minutes off the fourth-quarter, nonstop clock, got on the board with 2:02 to go, Gugliotta finding Johnson a step ahead of a C-SD defender in the back of the end zone for a 30yard score.
The score stopped the running clock with 2:02 left to play, and Zach Strong followed with a PAT to make it 37-7. It remained that way until the final whistle.
Notes: Perryville won the first two recent meetings of the teams, 21-10, and then 56-35, in back-toback regional finals in 2011 and 2012. C-SD returned the favor by running the clock at home against the Panthers the next year, 42-0, to take the 1A East laurel . ... C-SD outgained Perryville 213-50 on the ground, but Gugliotta threw for 152 yards, going 14-for-27 from the pocket and earning an NFL-system passer rating of 65.7. He averaged 131.8 yards, and a rating of 108.6, over 10 regularseason games.
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Tajh Molock gets lifted into the air by center Josh Townsend in the end zone after Molock scored on a 39yard run against Perryville on the game’s second play Friday.
Cambridge-South Dorchester assistant coach Gaven Parker congratulates Tre’ Lake after Lake’s Friday, Nov. 11, against Perryville. first touchdown
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s C.J. Brummell sprints through a hole for a big gain against Perryville Friday, Nov. 11.
Cambridge-South Dorchester defenders Brandon Tibbs (15) and Kobi Ruark (44) make the tackle against Perryville Friday, Nov. 11.