Greene gets a final shot at his grail
Vikings host Trojans for 1A East title; Bulldogs head to Elkton in 2A game
career as a running back; he’s seen time as a receiver, threatens on defense from the backfield, returns kicks and punts, and is currently the starting quarterback, having replaced injured junior Tyson Johnson there a month ago.
Just when one thinks there’s nothing he can’t do, a rival rears its head. Cambridge-South Dorchester.
Two of Greene’s three postseason runs ended with the Trojans suffering heartbreak at the hands of Cambridge-South Dorchester High. C-SD has now won 25 straight times head-to-head against the Trojans, the largest active winning streak by any North Bayside team against a divisional opponent.
The last time the Trojans won was when they topped the Vikings, 27-13, in Week 2. C-SD got even in a big way 10 weeks later, beating the Trojans 27-0 in the state semifinals.
Twice the following year, and once annually for more than a decade thereafter, the Vikings kept winning, despite occasions in which the Trojans led, sometimes quite late.
In 2003, the Trojans held a 22-0 halftime lead in Week 7 before C-SD rallied. In the fourth quarter, an Efrem Wilson interception return for a score fueled the comeback — one of six times that year the Vikings won after trailing at the break — as C-SD slipped past its host, 25-22.
Last year, things looked good for the Trojans in their Week 4 homecoming game against C-SD, as the team led by 14 points at halftime, and by nine going into the fourth quarter. But again, the Vikings rallied to eventually win, this time in overtime.
It’s been a frustrating run for Greene, who’s 0-6 personally against Cambridge-South Dorchester. But a win Friday would erase all that, and he knows his team’s capable of doing it.
“It’s gonna be a big game for both teams . ... The thing is, we’ve got to come out firing on all cylinders, just making plays,” Greene said. “We’ve got to come together as a team.”
“As Coach [Brendon Ireton] said, we hadn’t been to the playoffs since my dad [Bruce] played,” Greene said. “Some of those years it was close. Some of them, we had a bad record but we still came out... as a team.”
The younger Greene knows what to expect — “they’re going to be keying on me the whole game... they’re going to force me to run the ball,” Marcquan explained — and he and his teammates are working to counter that effort.
“We’ve got to be getting blocks down,” Marcquan Greene said. “Blocks are the key to the game; make some adjustments on the offensive line, hitting the holes, and all that big stuff.”
Regardless of the outcome, he added, “it’s gonna feel good [if we] win, but [if we] lose, it’s still going to be a good one, if we come out there and put up a fight.”
On the other end of that rivalry right now is Viking quarterback Tyler Harding. Now in his second full year on the C-SD varsity (he was called up midway through the season as a freshman in 2014 to kick and punt), the quarterback for Friday’s home team is in his first year calling the plays.
Harding, named first team All-Mid-Shore in baseball last spring as an infielder and pitcher, spent his sophomore campaign as the team’s kicker and punter, setting the