Bucs cruise to stay undefeated
Solid rushing, stingy defense help Kent Island wreck Wi-Hi
Kent Island 45 — Wicomico 8
STEVENSVILLE — On a rare Monday night football game, combined with homecoming, the Buccaneers began with a big play and finished with a bigger one against Wicomico.
Cameron Buoi ran 43 yards through the middle of the defense on Kent Island High’s first play from scrimmage, setting up the Buccaneers’ first touchdown. On the Bucs’ final play of the game, Brandon Galloway turned an errant punt snap into a 95-yard TD run as Kent Island completed a 45-8 victory to improve to 5-0.
Austin Ryan and Braden Doyle each ran for two touchdowns for the Buccaneers, and quarterback Jordan Marciano hit Sean Mooney for a 21-yard TD pass. Kicker Bert Schrecongost split the uprights on six PATs and a 30-yard field goal.
As good as Kent Island’s offense was at producing points, its defense was just as good at not allowing the Indians to score. Wicomico’s lone touchdown came late in the fourth quarter with the Buccaneers’ reserves on the field.
Kent Island scored on its first five possessions and led 31-0 at the half.
“I was pleased today, especially with our runningback situation, because we have three of them right now that are carrying the ball for us,” Bucs head coach Damian Ferragamo said. “Cameron Buoi broke that first one. … We’re never going to hand the ball to a tired guy.”
The Buccaneers’ opening scoring drive only took four plays. Buoi motored for his 43-yard gain to the Indians’ 30-yard line. On a secondand-8, Doyle took a counter left for 17 yards to the 11. Ryan took it in from there on a dive, breaking tackles at the line, for a 6-0 lead just 1 minute, 41 seconds into the game.
Wicomico put together a 10-play drive on its first possession, but stalled as the Buccaneers pressured quarterback Jason Patterson into unproductive keepers.
Starting from its 30, Kent Island then used six plays to go ahead 14-0. Galloway gained 25 yards through a gaping hole off-tackle to the Indians’ 31. On first-and-10 from the 21, Marciano connected with his TD strike to Mooney on a fly pattern to the right side of the end zone.
On Wicomico’s next play on offense, Ryan, playing defensive end, returned possession to Kent Island by stripping the ball from a Wi-Hi running back, giving the Bucs the ball at the Indians’ 15. An ineligible-man-downfield penalty negated a Kent Island TD and the Indians’ defense held this time, but Schrecon-gost made it 17-0 with his 30-yarder.
The Indians gained only three yards on their next possession. After a short punt, Kent Island drove 41 yards to make it 24-0. Marciano connected with Selby Scaggs for a 9-yard pass reception on a third-and-8. A 20-yard run up the middle by Galloway put the Bucs on the Indians’ 2. Doyle followed his blockers into the end zone from there.
Kent Island’s defense didn’t allow any yardage on the Indians’ next possession.
“Our defense is the strength of our team, and it has been for a very long time,” Ferragamo said. “Wi-Hi’s new to the offense they’re running. They have a new head coach, running the triple option, and it’s a challenge to defend. It takes some of the aggressiveness out of the defense because everybody has to play assignment football. So I think our guys for the most part did a good job today staying on their assignment, trusting their teammates that they were going to do their assignment and playing within themselves.”
The Bucs drove 55 yards for their 31-0 halftime lead. Boui gained 15 yards on a third-and-5. Ryan gained four on a fourth-and-2 to the Indians’ 23. Marciano hit Mooney on a hook pattern for 13 yards on a third-and-11. Ryan scored from there, off-tackle right, dodging defenders at the 8.
Doyle took a pitch right, got some outside blocking from teammates, and completed a 28-yard TD run for a 38-0 Bucs lead with 25 seconds left in the third quarter, putting the clock in motion.
Wicomico scored its lone touchdown with a 62-yard drive. Ronnie Satchell took a counter-right for a 7-yard TD carry with 5:53 to play. Patterson then bootlegged the ball around the right end for two points.
Kent Island’s reserve offensive unit was forced to punt on the next possession and the snap sailed over Galloway’s head. But he gathered the ball around the 5-yard line and, with the help of downfield blocks, weaved his way through 11 Indians to end the game’s scoring.
Kent Island travels to
James M. Bennett on Friday. Wicomico (1-4) hosts Washington on Saturday.
BOYS’ SOCCER Easton 17, Wicomico 0 EASTON — Andrew Daly and Carlos Hernandez each had three goals and three assists as the Warriors remained unbeaten.
Gerardo Ortiz also logged a hat trick for Easton (40), and Austin Rafter and Justin Hanna each finished with two goals and an assist. Mauro Garniga-Alvarado, Alex Begley, Chris Gibbs and Jack Peterson added a goal apiece. Callen Godlee had two assists and Trent Weems pick up an assist. Colonel 3, Snow Hill 0 AMERICAN CORNER — Nick Roop scored a pair of goals and Nick Nagel notched two assists to pace Colonel Richardson.
Mitchell Christopher also had a goal for the Colonels (3-2) and Brockman Harris had an assist. Goalie Remy Mangum had six saves for the shutout. GIRLS’ SOCCER N. Caroline 12,
Wicomico 1 RIDGELY — Alex Lawton totaled four goals and Kaylee Jester had a hat trick as the Bulldogs improved to 4-2-1.
April Canter, Azailie Haro, Olivia Baker, Sarah Ferkler, and Maya Brannon each scored once for North Caroline, which got a pair of assists from Lizzy Walston and one from Tanya Haro.
FIELD HOCKEY Queen Anne’s 7, Easton 0
CENTREVILLE — Kaitlyn Karns scored four goals and Emily Lanehart made four saves as the Lions posted their second shutout in three games.
Gabrielle Corder, Paige Mitchell, and Sara Walford each had a goal for Queen Anne’s County (4-1-1, 1-1). Easton slipped to 0-6, 0-2. Washington 5, St. Michaels 2 PRINCESS ANNE — Savannah Stewart had a pair of goals, but it wasn’t enough, as the Jaguars outscored the Saints 4-1 in the second half.
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Kent Island’s Austin Ryan breaks through tacklers on his way to an 11-yard touchdown run on the Buccaneers’ first possession Monday night against Wicomico.
Kent Island’s Cameron Boui runs through the middle of Wicomico’s defense on the first play from scrimmage for a 43-yard gain Monday evening.
Kent Island’s Austin Ryan (19) rips the ball away from Wicomico’s Keeondre Coston to gain possession for the Buccaneers, Monday evening at Andy Schipul Stadium.