Kane and Raiders cruise past Cambridge South Dorchester
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.”
Viking defenders bring down Woodbridge running back Richard Massey during the first half Friday evening in Greenwood, Delaware.