Vikings fall to Indians in south matchup
SALISBURY — CambridgeSouth Dorchester High’s football team has had answers to a lot of its opponents’ strategies this year.
But Friday night at Wicomico County Stadium’s Charlie Berry Field, the Vikings had no answer for Wicomico’s Ronnie Satchell and Dominic Bailey.
Satchell carried 13 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns, and Bailey led a defense that allowed less than a yard and a half per carry as the Indians rolled to a 5520 victory.
Wicomico (5-2) kept its Class 2A East Region playoff hopes alive, while Cambridge-SD (4-3) “need[s] to win the last three games if we want to host a first-round playoff game,” Vikings head coach Gaven Parker said.
“As a program they’re bigger and stronger and faster right now,” said Parker after the Vikings yielded 514 total yards to Wi-Hi. “I certainly don’t think we lost to a bad team. Obviously, they’re not very deep, but the kids they do have are great athletes. That’s a testament to (head coach) Brian Hanson, to get them out on the field.”
The Indians, who lost on opening night by five touchdowns to still-unbeaten North Caroline, have gone 5-1 since then, and have won their last three games.
“That’s the best Wi-Hi team I’ve seen in my time coaching,” Parker said. “They were very physical; they made it difficult to block them. The Bailey kid’s as advertised. He’s a big strong kid, and his first two steps, he’s ver y difficult to block
“We fought the entire game and defensively I thought our scheme was good. I thought we had a good bead on what they were trying to do,” Parker added. “We just couldn’t execute. I thought we were at the point of attack; we just couldn’t make the tackle, couldn’t make the big play when we needed it.”
Wi-Hi made its own big plays, including a rare one early, in the form of Dylan Allen’s interception return for a touchdown.
Having recovered a Wi-Hi fumble at their own 1-yard line, the Vikings were unable to get out of the shadow of their own goal posts on their second possession. On third-and-10, C-SD quarterback Jyquan Farrare rolled left, but found nothing doing, as the line collapsed in front of him. Farrare juked right, then threw off his back foot to an outlet receiver. The pass floated into the hands of a leaping Allen, who was already in the end zone, giving the Indians a lead they never relinquished at 6-0. Moses Ansari’s pointafter kick made it 7-0, Indians, just over four minutes into play.
Cameron Kodua’s 13-yard touchdown run on Wi-Hi’s next possession made it 13-0, one play into the second quarter, and the ensuing C-SD possession was probably the second-worst one of the night.
Despite a promising start — the Vikings got a first down three plays into the drive, at the Wi-Hi 49 — things went backward from there. A 21-yard loss on a Bailey sack of Farrare, an incomplete pass, and another 10-yard loss by sack pushed Cambridge-SD back to its 20 before punting on fourthand-41.
A 38-yard Jordan Briggs carry fueled Wi-Hi’s ensuing drive, that was capped by Kodua’s second score from a yard out. Ansari’s third PAT made it, 21-0, with 5:23 to go before intermission.
Satchell’s first touchdown of the night, a 10-yard carry four minutes into the second half, made it 27-0. Ansari’s PAT attempt was blocked.
C-SD got on the board shortly thereafter, Farrare (8 for 15, 162 yards) finding Logan Middletown down the left sideline for a 58-yard touchdown score. Drew Warfield’s PAT put the score at 27-7 just 16 seconds after Satchell’s score.
But Satchell got the points right back on the Vikings’ kickoff a moment later, dashing 80 yards up the left hashmark to put the score at 33-7 with 7:05 to go in the third, capping a 32-second span of game time in which 20 points were added to the total score.
Wi-Hi quarterback Khalil Evans hit Joshua Shockley for an 18-yard touchdown pass with 30 seconds left in the third to make it 40-7.
C-SD, stopped at the Wi-Hi 3-yard line on its next drive, got a break moments later,
when Camren Lake recovered an Evans fumble at the same spot. Two snaps later, Khalik Beasley’s 1-yard score put the score at 40-14.
Again, Satchell answered with a 52-yard jaunt for a 4714 Indians lead. C-SD’s final
score came with 6:47 remaining on Lake’s 8-yard run.
Wi-Hi got a running clock with 38 seconds left, when Briggs scored the night’s final touchdown from one yard out, and Evans called his own number for a twopoint
“We’re 4-3 and gotta win the last three to get a home playoff game,” said Parker, whose team hosts Kent County on Friday at 6:30
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run to 35-point p.m. “That’s where we’re at. You can’t look past Kent, but you gotta win those last three.
“We don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves,” Parker added. “As many teams have learned, you can’t sleep on Kent. They’re doing everything they can to beat us and we need to make sure we have intensity to beat them.”
Wi-Hi visits Queen Anne’s County at 7 p.m. Friday.