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have a good op­por­tu­nity to hope­fully get in at least as a fourth seed.”

“We have a se­nior line and last year we had Eric [Joseph]; he was the main run­ning back, so now hope­fully I can step up and fill those shoes,” Colonels se­nior Robert Thomp­son said.

“We have a lot of guys who have been play­ing to­gether for a long time, so we all have chem­istry,” se­nior line­backer John Carter said.

The Colonels, who hope to have be­tween 27 and 30 var­sity play­ers, open against Class 3A James M. Ben­nett.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Mangum said. “They don’t cut us any breaks here in the Bay­side.”

Park­side, the only team in the South Bay­side last year with a win­ning record, 6-4, looks like a solid team again this year.

“I think of­fense and the de­fen­sive line should be a strength for us this year,” Rams head coach Bren­dan Ri­ley said. [We] didn’t per­form well against them [North Bay­side teams] last year. That’s been kind of an on­go­ing thing. We’ve been knock­ing at the door, be­ing com­pet­i­tive, get­ting in some close games. We’ve been back and forth with Eas­ton. North Caro­line’s been do­ing their thing the last cou­ple years. We had a re­ally tight first half with Kent Is­land last year and I thought that if a cou­ple calls had went our way it would have been a dif­fer­ent out­come. … If we con­tinue to de­velop our strength, which is be­ing phys­i­cal, be­ing men­tally tough, we’re go­ing to be in a re­ally good sit­u­a­tion.”

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PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

North Caro­line head foot­ball coach James McCormick with play­ers Cody Pep­per (12) and Owen Joseph (32) at the 2017 Bay­side Con­fer­ence Me­dia Day on Mon­day af­ter­noon at the Dorch­ester Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter.

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Colonel Richard­son head foot­ball coach Dan Mangum with play­ers John Carter (10) and Robert Thomp­son (6) at the 2017 Bay­side Con­fer­ence Me­dia Day on Mon­day af­ter­noon at the Dorch­ester Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter.

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