WEEK 1

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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

Cam­bridge-SD (6-5)

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.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Tranell Clan­ton makes a catch against Queen Anne’s in 2017.

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