Kane and Raiders cruise past Cam­bridge South Dorch­ester

Dorchester Star - - SPORTS - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

GREEN­WOOD, DEL. — The fate of Fri­day night’s foot­ball game be­tween Wood­bridge High and Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester un­folded in two con­sec­u­tive plays.

With the Vik­ings driv­ing for a po­ten­tial game-ty­ing touch­down late in the first quar­ter, Wood­bridge’s Richard Massey in­ter­cepted a pass and car­ried up the side­line to the Blue Raiders’ 34-yard line. On the next play, Wood­bridge’s Ja­mon Kane ran up the mid­dle, bounced out­side, and out­ran Vik­ing de­fend­ers up the right side of the field for a 66-yard touch­down run. The TD run started a streak of four unan­swered touch­downs by the Raiders, who rolled to a 49-20 vic­tory in their sea­son-opener.

Kane fin­ished with 138 yards on just five car­ries. He opened the con­test with a 42-yard touch­down run on the game’s third play, and later scored on a 38yard pass from quar­ter­back Troy Haynes.

Haynes con­nected on all three of his pass­ing at­tempts for 136 yards, and all three passes went for touch­downs. Gabriel Wescott caught a 38-yard touch­down pass to put Wood­bridge ahead 14-0 with 8 min­utes, 14 sec­onds left in the first quar­ter. Tyrez Can­non added a 60-yard TD re­cep­tion that put the Raiders ahead 42-7 at the half.

De­fen­sively, the Raiders didn’t al­low any yardage through the air and gave up most of Cam­bridge-SD’s 187 run­ning yards with sec­ond-team de­fend­ers on the field in the sec­ond half.

De­spite be­ing dom­i­nated, Cam­bridge-SD (1-1) closed within 14-7 with 4:24 re­main­ing in the first quar­ter when Ma­lik En­nals re­turned a blocked punt into the

end zone and Drew Warfield kicked the ex­tra point.

On the en­su­ing kick­off, Ethan Blood­sworth re­cov­ered a fum­ble to give Cam­bridge-SD pos­ses­sion on Wood­bridge’s 42-yard line. A late-hit penalty moved the ball to the 26 and En­nals gained eight yards on a counter-left to the 18. But on sec­ond-and-7 from the 13, Massey snared his in­ter­cep­tion and Kane scored on the next play. En­rique Ramos’ third ex­tra-point kick of seven straight for the game made it 21-7.

“You have to bring your A game when you travel and you travel to a powerhouse like Wood­bridge,” said Vik­ings head coach Gaven Parker, whose team up­set Queen Anne’s 23-22 in its opener. “Ed Manlove does a phe­nom­e­nal job. His kids are strong. You saw some of the horses that they have. They have Divi­sion-I tal­ent on both sides of the ball; there’s no doubt about it.

“We had our op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Parker added. “They came out strong and we had the punt block and we drove back again and we had an op­por­tu­nity to score, threw an in­ter­cep­tion, and that kind of took the wind right out of the sails.”

Manlove recorded his 100th ca­reer vic­tory as head coach of the Raiders, which in­cludes a state cham­pi­onship in 2016.

With a run­ning clock to start the sec­ond half, Cam­bridge-SD used up all but 1:39 of the third quar­ter with a 14-play touch­down drive that ended with Jyquan Far­rare’s 1-yard quar­ter­back sneak. Wood­bridge added its fi­nal TD on an 8-yard run by Jaden Ba­con with 7:11 in the fi­nal quar­ter to get the clock mov­ing again.

The Vik­ings closed the scor­ing with a nine-play drive that cul­mi­nated with four straight counter runs by Ri’chard Stubbs, the last one a 2-yard touch­down. Warfield’s ex­tra-point try sailed wide right with 32 sec­onds on the clock.

“When you look at it, we got out­played and we got out-coached,” Parker said. “But there were some pos­i­tive take-aways from it. Hope­fully, we can learn from it as we grow and con­tinue to get bet­ter. We’ve got North Caro­line next week and there’s no time to feel sorry for our­selves. We’ll take about 24 hours to feel sorry for our­selves and then we’ll move on.”

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Vik­ing de­fend­ers bring down Wood­bridge run­ning back Richard Massey dur­ing the first half Fri­day evening in Green­wood, Delaware.

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