Light­ning Start

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

Cambridge-South Dorch­ester fresh­man wide re­ceiver Dario Belizaire scores a touch­down to give the Vik­ings a fourth-quar­ter lead over Queen Anne’s Satur­day, Sept. 1. Belizaire caught two touch­down passes from Jyquan Far­rare in the Vik­ings’ 23-22 vic­tory over the Li­ons. For more on the game, see

CAMBRIDGE — For Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester High rookie head foot­ball coach Gaven Parker, Fri­day’s sea­son-opener against Class 2A East power Queen Anne’s County wasn’t just about giv­ing a good ef­fort.

Parker wanted to win. He knew his young Vik­ings could win, and he wanted to show it by go­ing on of­fense to start the game when C-SD won the coin toss.

The at­tack­ing men­tal­ity proved to be a key com­po­nent for the Vik­ings, who took an early lead and con­tin­ued to press the Li­ons.

A light­ning de­lay post­poned the sec­ond half un­til Satur­day, and in a blink of an eye, Queen Anne’s tied the game, and was on the verge of tak­ing the lead. But a key fum­ble re­cov­ery by C-SD’s Cam­ren Lake, and Jyquan Far­rare’s 7-yard touch­down pass to fresh­man Dario Belizaire gave the Vik­ings a 23-16 fourth-quar­ter lead.

Has­san Big­gus’s 1-yard touch­down run late in the fourth quar­ter brought the Li­ons within a point, but Cambridge-SD’s de­fense swarmed Dono­van Cruz on the two-point con­ver­sion at­tempt to pre­serve the Vik­ings’ 23-22 victor y — the first over Queen Anne’s since a 17-14 win in 2007.

“I’m proud of the kids how they came out Fri­day was a lot of in­ten­sity and ef­fort, and then car­ried that same in­ten­sity and ef­fort over to today,” Parker said. “This is a big win for us.

“We de­cided to take the ball on the open­ing kick­off yes­ter­day, and run right at them and wear them down,” Parker added. “Even though we didn’t score on the drive, we ac­com­plished a lot by gain­ing a bunch of yards. It gave us a lot of con­fi­dence.”

Cambridge-SD took the open­ing kick­off from its own 29 to the Li­ons 11 be­fore turn­ing the ball over on downs. C-SD’s de­fense got the back right back by forc­ing a three­and-out.

A 15-yard run by Lake gave the Vik­ings a first-and-goal. Two plays later, Far­rare rolled right and threw in the flat to Belizaire (3 catches, 35 yards), who beat Queen Anne’s de­fend­ers to the py­lon for the 12-yard touch­down. Kha­lik Beasley’s two-point con­ver­sion run gave CSD an 8-0 lead in the first.

Li­ons quar­ter­back SyRus McGowan (8 of 15, 172 yards) re­sponded four plays later by throw­ing a 60-yard touch­down pass to Ryan Muller. A two-point con­ver­sa­tion by Big­gus tied the game at 8-8.

On the en­su­ing drive, Cambridge-SD marched 53 yards in 10 plays to another score. The drive saw backup quar­ter­back John Henry get in the game when Far­rare had to leave for a play when his hel­met came off dur­ing a play.

On his first snap, Henry threw a strike to Belizaire for a 16-yard gain to the 21. Runs by Beasley and Shamar Young gave C-SD a first-and-goal at the 10. Beasley scored three plays later from two yards out to re­gain the lead for CSD.

A bad snap forced the kick to be averted, but holder Lo­gan Mid­dle­ton scooped the ball, rolled right and fired a strike to Jeremy Tay­lor for a two-point con­ver­sa­tion and a 16-8 sec­ond-quar­ter lead.

The CSD de­fense kept the Li­ons out of the end zone the rest of the first half, which in­cluded a big third-down sack by Ethan Carmine.

A sec­ond light­ning de­lay at half­time forced the game to re­sume Satur­day.

The Li­ons re­ceived the sec­ond­half kick­off Satur­day, and promptly marched 55 yards in eight plays. Big­gus (15 car­ries, 117 yards) car­ried the ball five times for 34 yards, in­clud­ing a 2-yard touch­down. He fol­lowed the TD with a two-point run to tie the score at 16-16.

“I thought we played well in the third quar­ter,” Queen Anne’s head coach Donny Graef said. “We moved the ball con­sis­tently. If we just could have taken the lead, we would have been in good shape but we had a turnover.

“It was a back-and-forth game, and who­ever gets the turnover would be in good shape,” Graef added. “Cambridge made the play, and a bunch oth­ers. They are a good, young team. Con­grat­u­la­tions to them and their coach­ing staff on the win. We just need to get ready for Eas­ton.”

A play af­ter Lake re­cov­ered a Li­ons fum­ble, Beasley (15 car­ried, 157 yards) bolted 58 yards to the 19. C-SD faced a fourth-and-2 from the 11, but Parker showed his con­fi­dence in the of­fen­sive line by go­ing for it. Beasley picked up the two yards to move the chains.

Two plays later, the Vik­ings went play ac­tion with Far­rare hit­ting a wide-open Belizaire, who waltzed into the end zone for a 22-16 lead early in the fourth quar­ter. Drew Warfield added the ex­tra point for a 23-16 lead.

“Jyquan is a great se­nior leader to have at quar­ter­back,” Parker said. “He is a phe­nom­e­nal ath­lete. We called some passes when he typ­i­cally would run, and Jyquan de­liv­ered with two touch­down passes.

“Dario is just a fresh­man and played a heck of a game,” Parker added. “The dif­fer­ence in the game is Drew. He makes the kick and we win by one.”

The Li­ons be­gan the en­su­ing drive 65 yards from the end zone with 8:55 left. Queen Anne’s quickly moved across mid­field on a 14-yard run by Muller. Two plays later, McGowan hit Muller (4 catches, 100 yards) for an 18-yard com­ple­tion to the C-SD 21.

Fac­ing fourth-and-1 from the 12, Big­gus sliced through the de­fense for eight yards, then scored two plays later to bring the Li­ons within one. Graef im­me­di­ately called for the two-point at­tempt.

But the C-SD de­fense con­verged on Cruz, throw­ing him for a loss, keep­ing the Vik­ings ahead 23-22 with less than five min­utes to play.

Fac­ing a third-and-25, Beasley swept right for a 27-yard gain and a huge first down. Two plays later, he broke loose for a 38-yard run to the 9.

“At the end of the day, you got to put the ball in the hands of play­ers who got you the lead, and Kha­lik car­ried the load for us,” Parker said.

C-SD forced the Li­ons to burn their re­main­ing time­outs. Queen Anne’s stopped the Vik­ings on fourth down, but were 90 yards from a touch­down with 36 sec­onds left.

McGowan hit Xavier Jones for a 19-yard gain, but he was tack­led be­fore he could get out of bounds. With 11 sec­onds left, McGowan fired deep for Jones, but Young de­flected the pass out of bounds with four sec­onds left. On the game’s fi­nal play, McGowan avoided a sack and fired to an open Noah Evans who picked up a con­voy of block­ers down the right side­line be­fore get­ting knocked out of bounds by Beasley to seal the Vik­ings win.

“Queen Anne’s is a phe­nom­e­nal pro­gram,” Parker said. “Donny has done a phe­nom­e­nal job. Those kids are big and strong. We were just able to out play them.

“We’ve got one of the best coach­ing staff’s in the Bay­side,” he added. “Un­der coach (de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Al) Wa­ters, the de­fense was able to grow and get bet­ter. The de­fense line came up huge with the stop on the two-point con­ver­sion.

“On of­fense, we’ve got a lot of young tal­ent,” he con­tin­ued. “Our of­fen­sive line did great open­ing up holes for the run­ning backs. I’m just proud to get this big win in week one.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cambridge-South Dorch­ester run­ning back Kha­lik Beasley (3) runs for a 27yard gain on third-and-25 in the fourth quar­ter against Queen Anne’s to give the Vik­ings a key first down Satur­day, Sept. 1.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cambridge-South Dorch­ester quar­ter­back John Henry com­pletes a pass for a against Queen Anne’s Fri­day, Aug. 31.first down

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