Vik­ings run clock in rout of Snow Hill

Dorchester Star - - SPORTS - By DAVID INS­LEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

SNOW HILL — Cam­ren Lake scored twice on de­fense and once on of­fense Fri­day night as Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester High’s foot­ball team rolled to a 46-0 rout of Snow Hill.

The game ended early by mu­tual con­sent of both head coaches af­ter a brief scuf­fle on the field with nine min­utes left to play in de­te­ri­o­rat­ing weather. Cam­bridge-SD im­proved to 6-3.

Snow Hill (0-9) has not won since de­feat­ing Wash­ing­ton, 35-29, in Week 8 of last sea­son, a streak of 11 straight games. In the ri­valry, once one of the big­gest in the Bay­side’s Class 1A divi­sion, the Vik­ings have won 13 straight matchups, in­clud­ing first-round play­off vic­to­ries in 2011 and 2012.

The Vik­ings took ad­van­tage of a short field to reg­is­ter the game’s first score. An on­side open­ing kick­off rolled only six yards from the tee be­fore be­ing downed, giv­ing the vis­i­tors pos­ses­sion at the Ea­gles’ 46-yard line.

Three plays later, Shamar Young ran it in from 10 yards out to make it 6-0; a Drew Warfield point-af­ter kick made it 7-0, C-SD, just 41 sec­onds into the game.

“I think Snow Hill’s got some good ath­letes,” C-SD head coach Gaven Parker said. “I know that, last year, af­ter both teams had a pos­ses­sion, they were ac­tu­ally win­ning 8-7. So we told the guys not to take any­thing for granted; they had to be care­ful. Don’t think about a team’s record, think about what you have to do to stop them.

“We had that op­por­tu­nity to come out and ex­e­cute, and they did it,” Parker added. “We knew with the weather that we needed to take some shots early.”

For the re­main­der of the first quar­ter, though, the Ea­gles played well de­fen­sively, hold­ing the Vik­ings to mi­nus-3 yards of of­fense on two runs and an in­com­plete pass.

“We had the one drive where we didn’t ex­e­cute well,” Parker said. “We didn’t block on a cou­ple of plays, and like I said, we wanted to take our shots, in the hope that maybe we can get up 35, and run the clock, and get out of there quick with the nor’easter com­ing through. So we tried a long pass and it didn’t work, and two runs didn’t get us any­thing, so we punted that time.”

C-SD kept com­ing, though, and took ad­van­tage of Ea­gle turnovers and good field po­si­tion to pull far­ther ahead. A 28-yard Young run early in the sec­ond quar­ter com­prised the bulk of a 50-yard C-SD drive that ended with Jyquan Far­rare’s 8-yard touch­down pass to Dario Belizaire.

The PAT kick missed, how­ever, leav­ing the score at 13-0 four min­utes into the sec­ond. Snow Hill then lost its start­ing quar­ter­back, Chris Wa­ters, to in­jury, re­duc­ing the team’s strength to 15 dressed play­ers.

Lake’s 43-yard re­turn of a Snow Hill fum­ble on the next pos­ses­sion made it 20-0; a six-yard Ma­lik En­nals carry a few mo­ments later put the score at 26-0, and that’s where things stood at half­time.

With 8:50 to go in the third and rain in­creas­ing from a storm front mov­ing through, Lake picked off backup quar ter­back Mau­rice Hud­son Jr.’s er­rant pass and dashed 57 yards down the vis­it­ing team’s side­line for a score. Fol­low­ing a Warfield PAT, the Vik­ings led 33-0.

As the third pe­riod ex­pired, C-SD got the 35-point run­ning clock go­ing, a 34-yard Lake run mak­ing it 39-0; the Ea­gles blocked the PAT.

On the en­su­ing kick­off, how­ever, C-SD took ad­van­tage of an­other Ea­gle gaffe, re­cov­er­ing a fum­ble and scor­ing two plays later, Jaden Jones run­ning for a touch­down from six yards out two min­utes into the fourth quar­ter.

Warfield’s PAT made it 460, and im­me­di­ately af­ter the play, flags flew as play­ers on the field be­gan push­ing and shov­ing. No one was re­ported to have been ejected at the time, but both coaches agreed to de­clare the game com­plete with a lit­tle over nine min­utes re­main­ing on the clock.

The Vik­ings, who locked in a play­off berth with the win, can se­cure the No. 2 seed in the loom­ing Class 1A East play­offs with a win over Eas­ton; that game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 2.

“When you look at Eas­ton, they’ve lost a lot of tough games,” Parker said. “They’re not a bad team. They’re pretty stout; they play great team de­fense.

“When you play a team Week 10 that’s out of the play­offs, you’ve got to be ready for any­thing,” Parker added. “They’re gonna try any­thing. You’ve got to be pre­pared for any­thing, trick plays, they’re gonna take shots . ... We’ve got to play for a home play­off game and they can go a long way to pre­vent­ing that.”

Snow Hill vis­its county ri­val Stephen De­catur for the two teams’ reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale.

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