Beasley beastly in C-SD’s tight tri­umph against CR

Dorchester Star - - SPORTS - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­

CAM­BRIDGE — Maybe it was the Jay’zon Roberts pick-6 that sparked a win Fri­day night, Sept. 21, in which the Vik­ings never trailed.

Maybe it was the 11-year streak of grid­iron suc­cesses against Colonel Richard­son.

Or maybe it was Jess Booze’s ath­letic tape.

“Yeah, she did a good job,” Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High run­ning back Kha­lik Beasley said, af­ter run­ning for 214 yards and three touch­downs, all three af­ter Booze taped his left an­kle mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter. “And the line, man. They were just on their as­sign­ments all night, knew who to go af­ter, who to block. They did just a great job set­ting things up.”

Beasley’s two fourth-quar­ter scores, of 68 and 50 yards, pro­vided just enough for the Vik­ings to hold off the Colonels, 39-32. C-SD is now 2-2, while the Colonels fell to 1-3.

To C-SD rookie head coach Gaven Parker, the fight was “a tes­ta­ment to their coach, and the de­fense that he has.”

“I think de­fen­sively that we’re mak­ing some good de­ci­sions,” Parker said of the con­test, in which his team was out­gained 391-368 de­spite the win. “But we’re still young and we’re

just not mak­ing the best de­ci­sions at the point of at­tack. ... I think the thing about it is, we’re still not strong enough yet. We’re lift­ing dur­ing the sea­son, but we’ve got to keep work­ing at that.

“Of­fen­sively, I thought we did some re­ally gold things ob­vi­ously,” Parker added. “But we should’ve scored 50. We shot our­selves in the foot with third-and-two, made a cou­ple of mis­takes, ended up with a third-and-25 late. It’s stuff we’ve got to ad­dress.”

C-SD, on de­fense just over two min­utes into play fol­low­ing a three-and-out, got the game’s first big break on the first Colonel snap. Look­ing right, Colonel quar­ter­back Jackie Ze­bron lofted a

pass, but Jay’zon Thomp­son jumped in, snared the ball, and dashed 35 yard for the game’s first score.

The point-af­ter try failed — the teams went just 3 for 11 com­bined at scor­ing any type of post-touch­down con­ver­sion — putting the score at 6-6, Vik­ings, with just over two min­utes elapsed.

The Colonels an­swered as they would sev­eral times on the night: with a score of their own.

An eight-play, 63-yard drive en­sued, kept alive by a six­yard Tyler Stan­ley (23 runs, 162 yards) fourth-and-3 con­ver­sion. An 11-yard Jor­dan Gabriel charge found the end zone; a missed Remy Mangum PAT kept the score tied at 6-6, with 5 min­utes, 21 sec­onds to go in the first quar­ter.

The Vik­ings had an equal re­sponse ready, and it came in the form of a 73-yard push

that took eight snaps, five of which re­sulted in first downs. The scor­ing play, a 24-yard Jyquan Far­rare pass to Shamar Young, was good for 24 yards and six more points. This time, the Vik­ings con­verted af­ter the score, Lo­gan Mid­dle­ton run­ning around end for two points to push the Vik­ings’ ad­van­tage to 14-6.

Colonel drove al­most to the C-SD red zone on its next pos­ses­sion, only to fum­ble the ball away 2 min­utes into the sec­ond quar­ter.

Mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter, as Colonel tried to move into C-SD ter­ri­tory, Beasley vis­ited Booze.

In the hopes of not ag­gra­vat­ing a left an­kle that has given him trou­ble since turn­ing it in Week 1’s win over Queen Anne’s County, Beasley lay on a padded ta­ble be­hind the C-SD bench while Colonel’s fourth drive of the day stalled thanks to the team’s sec­ond fum­ble.

Re­cov­ered at the C-SD 40, the change of pos­ses­sion prompted Beasley, his left an­kle tightly wrapped, to take

the field.

He got the ball on the first snap, and took it to the house, mak­ing it 20-6 with 4:48 to go in the half.

Again, though, the Colonels (who didn’t punt all night) an­swered with a touch­down of their own. A 3-yard Stan­ley burst, and then a 2-point Gabriel run, cut the Vik­ings’ lead to 20-14, with just 34 sec­onds re­main­ing in the first half.

A 65-yard Beasley kick­off re­turn set the Vik­ings up at the Colonel 32 a mo­ment later. Far­rare over­threw Young on the next snap, but on the one af­ter that, he found a leap­ing Lo­gan Mid­dle­ton in the back of the end zone. Drew Warfield’s PAT made it 27-14 go­ing into the break.

Colonel came back out strong, a 23-yard Ze­bron pass to Dakota Wil­son and a failed PAT mak­ing it 27-20.

C-SD turned the ball over on downs 12 plays later; Colonel scored on that pos­ses­sion as well, a 13-yard Gabriel rum­ble putting the score at 27-26; Noah Pres­ley of the Vik­ings blocked the PAT to pre­serve the home team’s one-point mar­gin.

Af­ter a 12-0 third quar­ter in Colonel’s fa­vor, the Vik­ings con­tin­ued the scor­ing early in the fourth, in the form of a 68-yard Beasley run that made it 33-26.

Yet again, the guests replied in kind. A 65-yard drive fol­lowed, lead­ing to the fi­nal Colonel score.

Stan­ley, who caught a cold the pre­vi­ous night and who slowly shook his head and smiled when asked about it dur­ing the game, had the big­gest gainer on the drive, a 30yard rush that put the ball at the Vik­ing 28. Gabriel scored from 3 yards out, three snaps later. Ze­bron’s pass to Ryan Stan­ton in the left flat fell to the ground in the end zone, just in front of a div­ing Stan­ton, and once more, the one­point C-SD lead held.

But then Beasley fum­bled the en­su­ing kick­off. Ze­bron both forced and re­cov­ered the drop, set­ting him­self and the of­fense up at the Vik­ing 32.

But the drive only went back­ward this time. A pro­ce­dure penalty, then one for hold­ing, made it fir­stand-27 from near mid­field. Ze­bron hit Stan­ley for a screen pass on the left, but Dario Bel­lizaire dropped the speedy Colonel tail­back for a 7-yard loss.

The Colonels never got closer than 14 yards from mov­ing the chains on that pos­ses­sion, even­tu­ally turn­ing the ball over on downs.

With 5:55 left to play, C-SD needed roughly three first downs at the right times to kill the re­main­ing clock. They didn’t get a sin­gle one, go­ing three-and-out. Stan­ton fielded the Warfield punt at his own 36 and ran it seven yards to be­gin what would be the fi­nal Colonel drive.

On the 10th play of the drive, Ze­bron, look­ing for Stan­ley in the end zone on third-and-2 from the Vik­ing 19, was picked off again. This time, it was Beasley who, in his ex­cite­ment, chose to run the ball out of the end zone rather than kneel and put it at his team’s 20-yard line.

Beasley only got to the 15-yard line be­fore he was stopped, but the da­m­age was done, and the Vik­ings, with the ball and 42 sec­onds left to fin­ish to win, did just that, sopho­more backup play caller John Henry kneel­ing down twice to end the game.

Both teams take on squads from Vir­ginia’s Eastern Shore on Fri­day night. Colonel hosts Ar­ca­dia at 6:30 p.m., while C-SD vis­its Nan­dua 30 min­utes later.


Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Kha­lik Beasley (1) runs left dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of Fri­day’s game against Colonel Richard­son. Beasley scored on the play, and racked up over 200 yards rush­ing in his team’s 39-32 win.

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