Bull­dogs visit Rams to high­light Week 2 matchups

Ben­nett heads to Kent Island, Li­ons host War­riors in key games

Dorchester Star - - SPORTS - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

James M. Ben­nett High’s foot­ball team ap­pears to have yet an­other re­ally good place-kicker this year.

Plus, the Clip­pers have a cou­ple of good run­ning backs, a quar­ter­back who can throw, and some guys who can catch.

And then there’s Jahryn Long, who might ac­tu­ally have wings.

Long, an ap­pro­pri­ately-named 6-foot se­nior wide­out/de­fen­sive back, and re­turn spe­cial­ist who’s all arms and legs and might tip the scales at 165 pounds in a wet win­ter coat, proved what Park­side head coach Brendan Ri­ley told me a year ago.

“You don’t, don’t, kick to the kid. Pe­riod,” Ri­ley said of Long af­ter a 46-43 Week 6 loss last sea­son. “I told my guys not to kick to him, but one went his way, and the next thing you know, we’re look­ing at his ... back as he runs it back for a touch­down, and we lose. He’s too fast, and too slip­pery to kick to him. So, you

don’t.”

Long burned Colonel Richard­son on Fri­day, re­turn­ing a first-half punt for a score and nearly break­ing the sec­ond-half kick­off for an­other. Its game in­ter­rupted by thun­der­storms Fri­day night just as the first half ended, Ben­nett wrapped up its game with the Colonels on Satur­day morn­ing, and did so with a flour­ish, win­ning 48-6.

On spe­cial teams, though, se­nior kicker Brad Board­man missed three of seven point-af­ter tries, he did make a 43-yard field goal. Board­man looks poised to serve as an apt re­place­ment for Steve Os­car, who’s kick­ing for Tow­son Univer­sity right now.

“We’ll have to look at the tape, and see what it was,” Ben­nett 18-year head coach Glenn “Hoot” Gib­son said Satur­day. “Maybe he had his foot out wide. They were close. And he got the field goal right down the mid­dle, so he has the range.”

Now the Clip­pers head to Kent Island, a team which av­er­aged just over 2.1 points per minute Fri­day in its storm-ab­bre­vi­ated sea­son opener at Snow Hill. The Buc­ca­neers won by five scores last year in Sal­is­bury and don’t ap­pear to have lost much mo­men­tum from sea­son to sea­son.

A 15-minute drive away, the Bucs’ big­gest ri­val, Queen Anne’s County, suf­fered a his­toric loss last week, los­ing, 23-22, at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester.

C-SD is fast, y’all. Re­ally fast. And it showed against the Li­ons more than it did in the team’s scrim­mage two Fri­days ago when Park­side came to town. The Vik­ings looked down­right rough in the first 15 min­utes of that en­counter, but what­ever they did wrong must’ve been fixed.

The loss by Queen Anne’s was the first to C-SD since Oc­to­ber, 2007. I mis­tak­enly men­tioned it was the first by the Class 2A Li­ons to a 1A op­po­nent in that much time, and was im­me­di­ately re­minded by my buddy Jeron Hox­ter, among oth­ers, that Kent County beat them in 2015. And in 2014.

Can the Li­ons right the ship with Eas­ton com­ing to town this week? The War­riors had to wait a day but it didn’t seem to mat­ter as they pum­meled host Wash­ing­ton 57-0 on Satur­day. Is new head coach Pat McGlinchey’s team ready for prime time?

The bench­mark for suc­cess in the Bay­side Con­fer­ence, for sev­eral years, at least, has been whether a team could de­feat

North Caro­line, Kent Island, or Queen Anne’s. Does C-SD’s win mean that? The Vik­ings started 0-3 last year, los­ing by an av­er­age mar­gin of 31 points. That first statis­tic is al­ready out the win­dow. What’s next for Cam­bridge-SD?

Wood­bridge (Del.), ac­tu­ally. The Raiders, who won a Delaware state ti­tle in 2016, made the play­offs last year, too, los­ing to Mil­ford by one point in the first round. What will C-SD bring to the ta­ble, and what does Wood­bridge have to say about it?

Snow Hill vis­its Colonel in an im­por­tant in­di­ca­tor of a game for both. Stephen De­catur vis­its Wi­comico, and in the mar­quee matchup of the week, North Caro­line vis­its Park­side at noon Satur­day. Are the Rams for real? Voices mut­ter that they’re for real this year, and as I said, they looked for­mi­da­ble at C-SD on Aug. 24.

We’ll find out, and I’ll be there to see it all go down. Hope to see you in the stands.

Fri­day’s Games Cam­bridge-SD (1-0) at Wood­bridge, Del. (0-0)

Un­til Bay­side schools can prove they’re ca­pa­ble of be­ing more than just a lit­tle bit com­pet­i­tive against non­con­fer­ence op­po­si­tion, I go with the non-Bay­side team here. If C-SD does win, though, I’m gonna have to de­port a cou­ple of the gnomes in the base­ment to teach the rest a les­son. (Ra­dio: 100.9 WAAI FM, pregame 6:45 p.m.)

— Raiders, 35-16.

Eas­ton (1-0) at Queen Anne’s (0-1)

This could be a very good game. By ver y good, it means it has the po­ten­tial for al­most any out­come, and one of three or four this week which look to have that po­ten­tial. (Ra­dio: 94.3 WINX-FM, pregame 6:45 p.m.)

— Li­ons, 21-19.

J.M. Ben­nett (1-0) at Kent Island (1-0)

The Clip­pers haven’t beaten the Bucs since Oct. 9, 2006, a span of 4,351 days through kick­off for Week 2. Kent Island has won 11 straight since then, and in most of those, Ben­nett didn’t even score.

— Buc­ca­neers, 35-21.

Snow Hill (0-1) at Col. Richard­son (0-1)

Th­ese two Class 1A teams were outscored by a com­bined to­tal of 98-6 last week, but they were fac­ing 2A and 3A op­po­si­tion. This will be more com­pet­i­tive.

— Colonels, 28-20.

De­catur (1-0) at Wi­comico (0-1)

Hav­ing seen Wi-Hi scrim­mage, and lis­tened to a co­worker and sev­eral oth­ers who know, I’m not sold on Wi-Hi this year. A win here would go a good way to­ward con­vinc­ing me, though.

— Sea­hawks, 37-18.

Wash­ing­ton (0-1) at Kent County (0-1)

Go­ing home team here, but we’ll see if hav­ing to play most of Week 1’s game on La­bor Day in the heat has an ef­fect on Kent County four days af­ter­ward.

— Tro­jans, 28-26.

Satur­day’s Game Game of the Week North Caro­line (1-0)

at Park­side (1-0)

The ad­van­tage here goes to the Bull­dogs, who routed a 2A foe, and as I just men­tioned in the pre­vi­ous game pick, Park­side had to play Mon­day in muggy, 89-de­gree weather (the heat in­dex at noon was 101).

— Bull­dogs, 28-18. Week 1: 6-1. Ca­reer: 922-190 (.829)

DAVID INSLEY

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester run­ning back Cam­ren Lake, left, runs be­hind his block­ers for a big gain against Queen Anne’s Satur­day, Sept. 1.

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