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