Greene gets a fi­nal shot at his grail

Vik­ings host Tro­jans for 1A East ti­tle; Bull­dogs head to Elk­ton in 2A game

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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

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