North cruises in East­ern Shore Bowl show­case

K. County’s Greene scores 3 TDs, Q. Anne’s Bon­ner named top de­fen­sive player in blowout

Record Observer - - Sports - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

CAM­BRIDGE — In the first East­ern Shore Bowl se­nior foot­ball all-star game in 2008, the North Bay­side didn’t have a true quar­ter­back on the team.

The South dom­i­nated that night in a 39-2 win.

Satur­day af­ter­noon at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High’s Vik­ing Sta­dium, the North’s pro­jected starter for the ninth an­nual show­case, Queen Anne’s County star Mike D’An­gelo, was out with an an­kle in­jury suf­fered play­ing bas­ket­ball Thurs­day against Eas­ton.

Pat Free­man, D’An­gelo’s backup, didn’t see many snaps this sea­son for the Lions, but stepped in con­fi­dently and made the tran­si­tion a seam­less one.

Free­man threw for a touch­down, and Lions team­mate Tyler Bon­ner’s 14 to­tal tack­les sparked a strong de­fen­sive per­for­mance dur­ing the North’s 49-21 vic­tory.

“I told all the coaches, just what an honor it is, to be able to coach the kids today,” said North coach Matt Grif­fith, who led the team for the third time. “The amount of tal­ent that was there today, was just amaz­ing.

“To be able to hand the ball off to Tre’ Lake, Tay Potts, Eric Joseph, Mar­c­quan Greene, that’s pretty spe­cial.”

Greene, as he’s done for four years at Kent County, put up dom­i­nant num­bers, with 14 car­ries for 125 yards — both game-highs. Greene also scored three times; a fourth touch­down, for 43 yards in the sec­ond quar­ter, was called back on a hold­ing penalty.

For Greene, who av­er­aged two touch­downs per game over four sea­sons, the end to his high school foot­ball ten­ure was “a shock­ing mo­ment.”

“Play­ing all these years, and fi­nally say­ing good­bye, it’s shock­ing,” Greene said. “But, I had a blast play­ing for Kent County High School.”

On all of his car­ries, the same thought oc­cu­pied Greene’s thoughts, he said. “When I came out, I thought, ‘this is go­ing to be my last time play­ing high school foot­ball,’” he said. “I have to make it last, and, play­ing with my Bay­side friends, it’s heart­break­ing.”

Queen Anne’s County place kicker Luke Metrinko, who went

3-for-3 on point-af­ter kicks, had a sim­i­lar mind­set, say­ing he wanted to “leave it all out on the field for the North.”

“It was a re­ally cool ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing with the guys we’ve been bat­tling against all sea­son long,” Metrinko said. “I just wanted to give it my all and make the best I could out of it.”

The South scored first. Park­side’s Tyrik Bivens re­turned the open­ing kick­off to the North 45-yard line. Six snaps later, a 5-yard carry by Keeon­dre Cos­ton (Wi­comico) made it 6-0; Park­side’s Justin Ball made the PAT to put the guests up 7-0 with 11 min­utes, 43 se­conds left in the first quar­ter.

The first North drive ended in a punt, the sec­ond in a fum­ble, re­cov­ered at the South’s 9-yard line.

But the South gave the ball right back, when Eas­ton’s Ben Morse fell on a fum­ble two plays into their next drive at the South’s 5.

Two plays later, Greene scored from two yards out, and Bert Schre­con­gost (Kent Is­land) booted the PAT to tie the game with 2:23 to go in the first quar­ter.

Free­man found Eas­ton’s Matt Far­row in the corner of the end zone for a 20-yard touch­down pass as time ran out in the first. Metrinko’s kick made it 14-7 North.

The South tied it in the sec­ond quar­ter. Wi-Hi quar­ter­back Ja­son Pat­ter­son, the South’s Of­fen­sive Player of the Game, threw to James M. Ben­nett’s Matt Crysos­tome for 35 yards and a score to make it 14-14 five min­utes be­fore in­ter­mis­sion.

Greene’s sec­ond touch­down, a 5-yard run with 1:28 to go in the sec­ond, put the North ahead for good at 21-14.

North Caro­line’s Tay Potts, who fin­ished with two in­ter­cep­tions and two tack­les, picked off South quar­ter­back Kelly Rea­gan (Nan­dua, Va.) and ran it back 37 yards for a score to make it 28-14 early in the third quar­ter.

The North stretched its lead to 35-14 on a 36-yard Greene touch­down two min­utes into the fourth quar­ter. Kean Shana­han of Queen Anne’s, re­cov­er­ing a fum­ble by high school team­mate Bran­don Hick­man in the South end zone, made it 42-14, and a 7-yard Potts rush­ing score put the North up 49-14.

The South replied with the game’s fi­nal score, a 2-yard Da­jour Church (Park­side) run with four min­utes left to play.

Grif­fith, who also got the chance to coach his son, An­drew, in the game, en­joyed a rare op­por­tu­nity, he said.

“It was tough. I think we kept it in per­spec­tive, though, us­ing this as an op­por­tu­nity to go out and have fun,” Grif­fith said. “I just got to sit back and cher­ish that mo­ment . ... it’s some­thing that my son and I will have for the rest of our lives.”

In all, say­ing good­bye to his play­ers was bit­ter­sweet, Grif­fith added. “It’s hard, but ... whenever your run ends in the play­offs [is] the hard­est week . ... We make this all about the kids hav­ing fun . ... There’s some great kids in the Bay­side. We’ve had a blast with them and re­ally en­joy it.”

Bon­ner, for his ef­forts, earned the North Bay­side De­fen­sive Player of the Game. The South’s de­fen­sive hon­oree was Wi­comico’s Raek­won McCarter, who had 12 to­tal tack­les, in­clud­ing six so­los. Fol­low me on Twit­ter:

@David_s­tar­dem.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

North quar­ter­back Pat Free­man of Queen Anne’s, who threw a touch­down, looks for an open man with pro­tec­tion from North Caro­line’s Tay Potts dur­ing Satur­day’s East­ern Shore Bowl.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

Queen Anne’s County linebacker Tyler Bon­ner (24), who had 14 tack­les, was named the North Bay­side’s De­fen­sive Player of the Game dur­ing Satur­day’s East­ern Shore Bowl.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

Kent Is­land’s Bert Schre­con­gost boots a game-ty­ing ex­tra point from the hold of Queen Anne’s Pat Free­man dur­ing the first quar­ter of Satur­day’s East­ern Shore Bowl.

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