Cambridge-South Dorchester High team with a new head coach — and a couple of former Lions assistant coaches.
Defensive guru Al Waters, who worked with Lions head coach Donny Graef for as long as I can remember, and Matt Phillips, an assistant who works with linemen on both sides of the ball, join rookie head coach Gaven Parker on the Viking sideline this season. They get to face a team they helped build, so that should be interesting.
Kent Island gets to ride 90 minutes for a game, technically, against Snow Hill. Wicomico High, which got run over by a truck named David Bailey on opening night last year, heads to Ridgely to face a North Caroline team which lost just twice during the previous 30 regular-season games — both losses coming in 2016.
Stephen Decatur heads south to take on Arcadia, Va., and the mismatches continue with Easton visiting Washington, and Parkside traveling to Kent County. No Class 1A teams in the Bayside face each other this week, and only two schools of Class 2As or larger, Wi-Hi and North Caroline, square of f this week.
Will we witness a 226-8 scoring disparity, like we saw in the six big-versussmall-school games last opening night? I’d say it should be close, but I don’t see six shutouts this opening night. (Five, maybe, but not six.)
Last season, five of the six big-small games were shutouts, and North Caroline beat Wi-Hi 44-0. I can’t recall a six-shutout week before that in my 16 years of doing this.
Easton, Kent County, and Snow Hill each get new head coaches this season, and everybody has new holes to
fill. We’ll see who can get it done the quickest, because they’ll be the ones playing in Week 11 and beyond. I put the over-under for Bayside teams making the playoffs at five of the 13 we have here.
Go out and see a game! Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties all host games, so almost everyone is within half an hour of some action.
Friday’s Games Game of the Week Queen Anne’s (7-3) at
Viking games will be carried on a new station this year, WAAI 100.9 FM, and live-streamed as payper-view at https://portal. stretchinternet.com/vikingalumni/. 94.3 WINX-FM will also carry this game, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m.; pregame shows begin at 6:15.
— Lions, 35-14.
Col. Richardson (6-5) at J. M. Bennett (7-4)
This one won’t be as lowscoring, but also might not be as close.
— Clippers, 27-12.
Easton (3-7) at Washington (2-8)
Former Wicomico head coach Pat McGlinchey makes his return to the head-coaching fraternity tonight, and will do so by possibly running the clock on a former divisional rival.
— Warriors, 42-6.
Kent Island (9-3) at Snow Hill (1-9)
This game was 50-0 last year. The difference this year? The turf field at Snow Hill High will make it a hotter game, but with a similar outcome.
— Buccaneers, 51-6.
Stephen Decatur (4-6) at Arcadia, Va. (3-7)
A rematch of a 42-0 blowout in Berlin last year.
— Seahawks, 45-12.
Parkside (6-4) at Kent County (1-9)
Parkside looked good in its last preseason scrimmage at C-SD on Friday. Kent County gets a new coach in Dave Boyle. In boys’ basketball, this would be a win in the other direction.
— Rams, 48-7.
Wicomico (4-6) at N. Caroline (10-1)
North Caroline head coach James McCormick said he thought his team would have more competition than during last year’s 10-0 run to the playoffs. We’ll see if that’s true.
— Bulldogs, 34-18. Week 12, 2017: 0-1. 2017 Season: 64-13. Career: 916-189 (.829) Follow me on the free MINDS app. My handle is @ StarDemocratSports.
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Tranell Clanton makes a catch against Queen Anne’s in 2017.