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quar­ter, Ryan stripped the ball from Strand and re­cov­ered on the War­rior 32. Five plays later, Doyle scored on an 11-yard run and Ryan ran in the two-point con­ver­sion for a 14-7 lead with 9:35 left in the game.

“The big thing for me, I thought the kids played great,” Grif­fith said. “They (Kent Is­land) are good up front. They’ve got a good power run­ning game. I thought de­fen­sively we played real well.

“We’re not out yet,” Grif­fith con­tin­ued of the play­offs. “We need some help, but ul­ti­mately, we can only worry about what we can do, which is go out and play Eas­ton War­rior foot­ball, which we didn’t do tonight be­cause of all the penal­ties. That killed us.”

Eas­ton en­tered the week­end hold­ing the No. 5 spot be­hind Kent Is­land, Queen Anne’s, North Caro­line and Elkton in the 2A East. The War­riors need to de­feat Wi­comico and Cambridge-South Dorch­ester in their last two reg­u­lar-sea­son games, and need ei­ther Queen Anne’s, North Caro­line or Elkton to com­pletely fall apart over the fi­nal two weeks, to qual­ify for the post­sea­son.

While the Bucs bol­stered their No. 1 stand­ing atop the re­gion, Fer­rag­amo liked his team’s grit, but made it aware there’s work to do on the lit­tle things over the fol­low­ing weeks.

“If you’re look­ing for a pretty team, you’re in the wrong spot,” Fer­rag­amo said with a grin. “And you al­ways have been with Kent Is­land. We’ve al­ways had the kind of guys who are a lit­tle un­der­sized, a lit­tle slower than other peo­ple. But what they do is they play to­gether. And they’re ex­tremely un­selfish.

“We have some peo­ple who can do some dam­age with the ball, and it all de­pends on what’s work­ing,” Fer­rag­amo said. “Our run­ning game, it wasn’t what it needed to be to­day. We had trou­ble mov­ing their big bod­ies in­side. But when you have three run­ning backs, you have to have guys that are un­selfish, and that’s what we have.

“We don’t fum­ble. We don’t get punts blocked. We don’t have penal­ties. And all three of those things hap­pened,” Fer­rag­amo said. “We had a per­sonal foul. That kind of stuff can’t hap­pen if we want to be suc­cess­ful. We’re not that good. We have to play smart, dis­ci­plined foot­ball.” Fol­low me on Twit­ter @Bil­l_Haufe. Email me at bhaufe @star­dem.com

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