Vikings eye 1A schedule
Senior RB amasses 110 yards on only five carries, as N. Caroline reaches 3-0
CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge-South Dorchester High football team looks to rebound with the start of its 1A schedule Friday at Colonel Richardson following three-straight games against perennial 2A power Queen Anne’s, 2016 Delaware state champion Woodbridge and 2A power North Caroline.
CAMBRIDGE — North Caroline High’s football team continued its strong earlyseason play with a 42-0 road victory Friday at Cambridge-South Dorchester to improve to 3-0.
Senior running back and Boston College commit David Bailey rushed for three touchdowns in the opening four minutes of the contest, including a 71-yard score on the game’s second play. A 37-yard connection from quarterback Cody Pepper to Cameran Brown put the Bulldogs up 28-0 less than six minutes into the game.
The Vikings’ (0-3) brutal opening schedule also included games against perennial 2a power Queen Anne’s and 2016 Delaware state champion Woodbridge. Cambridge-SD travels to Colonel Richardson for a 6 p.m matchup Friday in American Corner.
Last Friday, CSD mustered only 78 yards of offense in the game against a stacked North Caroline defense. Speedster Tajh Molock was held to 13 yards rushing. He did add long kick returns of 42 yards and 78 yards.
Receiver Jimmy Schulze caught two passes for 28 yards, including a leaping, acrobatic snag for 14 yards in triple coverage. Schulze nearly got the Vikings on the board in the third quarter but could not haul in the one-handed catch attempt as he was going to the ground.
“It is a tough situation with Queen Anne’s, Woodbridge and North Caroline right at the beginning of the year but I’m not going to make excuses,” Cambridge-SD head coach Jake Coleman said. “We have to put these games behind us, and turn the page for next week.
“We have a good Colonel Richardson team coming up,” Coleman added. “We have to focus on each practice, and work on getting better. That is the key.”
North Caroline head coach James McCormick praised the defense for the quick start by forcing two turnovers and a punt on the Vikings’ first eight plays from scrimmage.
“Our defense is playing lights out,” McCormick said. “I could not be prouder. They had a great effort last week at Parkside, and they came out very strong right from the start. They gave the offense momentum by being physical and fast on defense and flying to the football.”
After Bailey’s first score, the defense gave the ball right back to the offense when defensive end Kendron Wayman stripped Naail Thompson on a sweep, and Tyler Bauer pounced on the loose ball.
Bailey (five carries, 110 yards) then scored on the third play from 13 yards out on the ensuing Bulldog drive for a 14-0 lead.
Linebacker Zach Smith’s third-down strip sack and recovery by Notre Dame commit Jamion Franklin gave North Caroline’s offense the ball at the 10-yard line. Bailey scored two plays later for a 21-0 lead.
The Bulldog defense forced a three-and-out on the next C-SD possession. This time, Pepper went deep to Brown down the sideline on a perfect strike for a 37-yard touchdown and a 28-0 lead.
Running back Will Manship (10 carries, 40 yards) notched a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter to give North Caroline a 35-0 lead. The Bulldogs second-team offense then finished out the half.
“Our kids are doing well offensively,” McCormick said. “The offensive line is doing a great job at controlling the line of scrimmage.
“We threw the ball early in the drives and had success,” McCormick added. “Cody has been doing a great job for us.
“This is Cambridge in Cambridge,” he continued. “These guys have a great tradition of success and excellence down here. We told our guys, ‘Look we have to battle, be mentally sharp and physical’. That is what we did. The kids played a great game.”
The North Caroline starting offense returned to open the second half, marching 36 yard to another touchdown. Bailey opened the drive with a 26-yard run. Manship carried twice to move the ball to three. Pepper capped the drive with a 3-yard score up the middle for a 42-0 lead.
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Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Jimmy Schulze makes a leaping catch against North Caroline Friday, Sept. 15.
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Lamont Jackson (7) makes the tackle against North Caroline Friday, Sept. 15.