CSD Roy­alty

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Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester 2017 home­com­ing queen Jor­dan LeCompte, mid­dle, is joined by her home­com­ing court mem­bers Ha­ley Wright and Natalie An­der­son.

CAM­BRIDGE — There are a lot of ways for a foot­ball team to make a state­ment in a win.

Wreck­ing some­body’s home­com­ing usu­ally does the trick pretty well.

On Fri­day, Oct. 13, at Vik­ing Sta­dium, it was Wi­comico High’s turn to play spoiler, never trail­ing in a 3015 de­feat of host Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester, its first win in five years against its long­est his­tor­i­cal ri­val.

The In­di­ans, bat­tling with Cam­bridge high school teams un­der one name or an­other since the 1930s, im­proved to 4-3 with the win, while C-SD fell to 3-4, its three-game win streak bro­ken.

De­spite two of their own dur­ing that span in the form of a fum­ble and then a pick in the Vik­ing red zone, the In­di­ans (4-3) grabbed two op­pos­ing fum­bles in the first quar­ter. The sec­ond one, re­cov­ered by Do­minic Bai­ley in the end zone af­ter the in­ter­cep­tion had set the home team up on their own 2-yard line, made it 6-0. Cameron Ko­dua ran in the two-point con­ver­sion to make it 8-0, In­di­ans, af­ter one quar­ter.

C-SD re­sponded, bridg­ing the first and sec­ond quar­ters with a 13-play, 75-yard drive that quar­ter­back Tyler Harding capped by hit­ting Jimmy Schulze with a 32-yard touch­down pass. Harding kicked the point-af­ter, too, and cut the gap to a sin­gle point at 8-7 half­way through the sec­ond quar­ter.

“In the first half, first and fore­most, Wi-Hi, they were more con­sis­tent up front than we were,” C-SD head coach Jake Cole­man said. “But in the first half we had some calls not go our way, had a touch­down taken off of the board ... that re­ally hurt big time.

“And we hurt our­selves. We had a few drops here and there,” Cole­man added. “We had some self-in­flicted wounds and things just not fall our way.”

Wi-Hi re­sponded on its next drive. Ron­nie Satchel (11 car­ries, 64 yards) ran it in from 3 yards away to cap an eight-play, 55-yard drive that made it 16-7. Wi­comico scored again late in the sec­ond quar­ter, Satchel run­ning it in from 3 yards again and the In­di­ans mak­ing its third two-point con­ver­sion in as many tries.

Down by three scores at half­time, the Vik­ings got bet­ter on de­fense, but the of­fense, forced into a passheavy scheme by a lack of suc­cess on the ground — they man­aged just 23 net yards of rush­ing on 24 car­ries Fri­day night — couldn’t pull close. Down 30-7 in the third quar­ter fol­low­ing a 33-yard scor­ing pass from Khalil Evans to T.J. Collins, the clos­est C-SD could pull was two scores.

Harding found Schulze again for a 10-yard score in the game’s fi­nal min­utes, but Wi-Hi fell on the en­su­ing on­side kick, and picked up four first downs on the drive which fol­lowed, killing the fi­nal few min­utes off the clock.

“I know we had some is­sues, es­pe­cially early, in keep­ing con­trol on the ball,” Wi-Hi head coach Brian Han­son said, “But we also got a cou­ple of big turnovers from Cam­bridge.

“We men­tioned quite a few times in the week that we’ve not caused a bunch of turnovers, and to get one early in the game makes a big deal for us,” Han­son added, “So for us to start off fast gets our spirit go­ing . ... You’ve got to earn it, as I tell the kids. We’re not good enough to just ‘show up’ and get the win.”

Wi-Hi, for decades one of the tough­est squads on the East­ern Shore, fell on hard times a few years ago, changed coaches twice (Han­son is the sec­ond), and hasn’t made the play­offs since 2012.

“They [the kids] were pretty ex­cited about Fri­day’s game,” Han­son said. “Be­ing it was home­com­ing, and they told us Wi-Hi hadn’t beaten Cam­bridge in some­thing like six years, it was one of those things where ... who­ever we play, whether it’s Cam­bridge or Park­side or who­ever, if we haven’t beaten a team in a while, you’ve got to get that mon­key off your back.”

C-SD vis­ited Kent County at 6:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Oct. 19. The Vik­ings, now fifth in the 1A East, host win­less Snow Hill in Week 9, and then head to Eas­ton in Week 10.

PHOTO BY CHRISTINA SMITH

PHOTO BY CHRISTINA SMITH

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester run­ning back Tajh Molock was voted the school’s 2017 home­com­ing king.

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