Vik­ings eye 1A sched­ule

Se­nior RB amasses 110 yards on only five car­ries, as N. Caro­line reaches 3-0

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

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.

Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_S­tarDem.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Jimmy Schulze makes a leap­ing catch against North Caro­line Fri­day, Sept. 15.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s La­mont Jack­son (7) makes the tackle against North Caro­line Fri­day, Sept. 15.

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