Bulldogs visit Rams to highlight Week 2 matchups
Bennett heads to Kent Island, Lions host Warriors in key games
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
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)
Cambridge-South Dorchester running back Camren Lake, left, runs behind his blockers for a big gain against Queen Anne’s Saturday, Sept. 1.