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