Bucs cruise to stay un­de­feated

Solid rush­ing, stingy de­fense help Kent Is­land wreck Wi-Hi

Record Observer - - Sports - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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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PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

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.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

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.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

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.

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