Half­way point is upon the Bay­side

Record Observer - - Sports - DAVID INSLEY

Fri­day night, as my cell phone slowly lost its charge at Wi­comico County Sta­dium’s press box, an epic was un­fold­ing in Cam­bridge.

Watch­ing as the per­cent­ages ticked down and my co­hort, Dustin Holt, tweeted up­dates, Cam­bridge South Dorch­ester High’s foot­ball team dodged yet an­other bul­let against a fel­low Class 1A re­gional con­tender.

Kent County, miss­ing its start­ing quar­ter­back, nev­er­the­less opened a 14-0 lead in the Vik­ings’ back yard.

Then the mo­men­tum shifted. A touch­down. An on­side kick. An­other touch­down.

Then, Kyle Daubert, who sat to my left, spot­ting for the game an­nouncer, Babe Wil­son, cried out, “Oh, wow.” “What?” He showed me his cell phone, and a text mes­sage from his girl­friend, C-SD trainer Jess Booze. “20-14 us,” it read.

As I rushed to a Royal Farms to buy a car adapter for my phone, C-SD had dug it­self out of yet an­other hole, and even­tu­ally frus­trated the Tro­jans once more with a 42-20 vic­tory capped by a Koby Jones 100-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a score.

Hear­ing it un­fold on two ra­dio sta­tions, hon­estly, though the gnomes in my base­ment and I agreed we thought C-SD would win, it was still a stun­ner the way it de­vel­oped.

C-SD trailed by two scores in last year’s Week 4 meet­ing, too, and pulled that one out.

For play­ers like Mar­c­quan Green, a four-year starter who stood in as quar­ter­back in the ab­sence of ju­nior Tyson John­son, it has to be frus­trat­ing. Green has yet to beat the Vik­ings, de­spite six tries, and three very close calls.

But there’s a re­al­is­tic pos­si­bil­ity he’ll get one more try in the play­offs. The Vik­ings and Tro­jans have met there twice be­fore dur­ing Green’s high school ca­reer.

But to get there, the Tro­jans (2-2) need to re­bound and win this week. The trou­ble is, Satur­day’s home­com­ing op­po­nent is Eas­ton (3-1).

The War­riors, 2-8 last year, man­aged to nip the Tro­jans in a game punc­tu­ated by a con­tro­ver­sial call on a Kent County two-point con­ver­sion in the game’s fi­nal mo­ments.

If the Tro­jans get John­son back this week, that’ll be a big plus. This is a game they can­not af­ford to lose. Eas­ton can’t ei­ther, but in or­der for the War­riors to make the play­offs, re­al­is­ti­cally, they have to beat ei­ther Kent Is­land or Queen Anne’s as well, so the climb only gets steeper.

This week marks the sea­son’s half­way point. For the Bay­side, there have been some sur­prises and dis­ap­point­ments.

A slight sur­prise is Kent Is­land’s

4-0 start. If we went by the gnomes’ pre­dic­tions, the Bucs would be 2-2 right now. Queen Anne’s (3-1) lost to a solid Sus­sex Cen­tral, Del. team that did to the Lions what was done to it in last year’s meet­ing: cap­i­tal­ize on turnovers. Af­ter three lost fum­bles and three turnovers on downs — plus a safety — the end re­sult was a 29-14 win for the Golden Knights.

Queen Anne’s looks to re­bound Satur­day at Park­side, which is also 3-1. That one should be good.

A sur­prise on the field, if not in the stand­ings, is the turn­around at Wi­comico. Though they’re 1-3, the In­di­ans are sim­ply bet­ter than last year, hands down. Morale is higher, the kids play more like a team, and they’re dan­ger­ous — moreso as the sea­son pro­gresses, many have said. But this week, Kent Is­land hosts the In­di­ans, so we’ll see what they can do to the team who beat the team that just beat Wi-Hi 33-6 on Fri­day.

C-SD, for its part, is mak­ing the two-hour drive south to Onan­cock, Va., to take on Nan­dua. Nan­dua lost to James M. Ben­nett in Week 3, though the 43-29 fi­nal wasn’t as close as it looks, the War­riors scor­ing a cou­ple of late-game touch­downs against the Clip­per back­ups.

Ben­nett (2-2) which re­mains a for­mi­da­ble lot, hosts win­less Snow Hill, while the other — also 0-4 — Worces­ter County team, Stephen De­catur, hosts North Caro­line on Fri­day night as well.

Colonel Richard­son, look­ing to avenge a road loss from a rare Wed­nes­day night game in Week 5 last year, at Ar­ca­dia, Va., hosts the Fire­birds on Satur­day. Fans at last year’s meet­ing got to see a rocket launch from Wal­lops Is­land dur­ing play; this time, though, the spec­ta­cle will be con­fined en­tirely to the grid­iron.

Wel­come to the mid­way point of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Fri­day’s Games Cam­bridge-SD (3-1) at Nan­dua, Va. (4-1) I go with the vis­i­tors here; I think C-SD has a bit more in the arse­nal than the War­riors. (Ra­dio: WCEM-AM 1240, pregame 6:45 p.m.)

— Vik­ings, 35-20.

N. Caro­line (3-1) at De­catur (0-4) The Sea­hawks might not win be­fore Week 10, when they play Snow Hill. This could be the team’s worst year ever. — Bull­dogs, 42-6. Han­cock (0-4) at Wash­ing­ton (1-3) The Jaguars are flush with con­fi­dence af­ter a rout of Snow Hill. Will an­other win­less team fall to Wash­ing­ton? The gnomes say... — Pan­thers, 28-20. Wi­comico (1-3) at Kent Is­land (4-0) The Bucs’ of­fense fi­nally got out of dry dock last week. Ex­pect smooth sail­ing in this one for the home team. (Ra­dio: 94.3 WINXFM, pregame 6:45 p.m.) — Buc­ca­neers, 45-8.

Snow Hill (0-4) at J.M. Ben­nett (2-2) It’s rough to see what was the best county in foot­ball sev­eral years ago sport a com­bined 0-10 record be­tween two teams at this year’s half­way point. — Clip­pers, 35-0.

Satur­day’s Games Game of the Week Eas­ton (3-1) at Kent County (2-2) The gnomes were up all night Fri­day ar­gu­ing, and fi­nally flipped a coin; heads for home, tails for the guests. It was tails. They ar­gued, changed to besttwo-out-of-three, and flipped it twice more. Heads, and... tails again. — Eas­ton, 28-26.

Queen Anne’s (3-1) at Park­side (3-1) De­spite a rough of­fen­sive out­ing on Fri­day at Sus­sex Cen­tral, the Lions are still strong de­fen­sively — and Week 4 is now his­tory. — Lions, 35-20. Ar­ca­dia, Va. (2-3) at Col. Richard­son (1-3) Colonel’s home­com­ing had bet­ter be a good one, or what­ever thoughts it might have had of the play­offs are pretty much shot. — Colonels, 28-24. Last Week: 6-1. Sea­son To Date: 23-5 (.821). Ca­reer To Date: 810-171 (.825).

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