QA’s drops to 2-2, as Caro­line’s OL opens up large av­enues for run­ning back corps in blowout

Record Observer - - Sports -

CENTREVILLE — The Li­ons got the start they wanted Fri­day evening. The Bull­dogs got the re­sult they wanted.

Queen Anne’s County High’s foot­ball team opened the game with a 63-yard kick­off re­turn by Taroy Wil­son and a 30-yard touch­down pass from SyRus McGowan to Gar­rett Mur­ray on the first play.

North Caro­line then punted on its first pos­ses­sion.

But from then on the Bull­dogs dom­i­nated.

North Caro­line scored touch­downs on seven straight pos­ses­sions, and eight of nine, to rout Queen Anne’s 55-7 in front of a stand­ing-room-only crowd at Li­ons Sta­dium.

Bull­dogs se­nior run­ning back David Bai­ley and his back­field mates en­joyed the ef­forts of their of­fen­sive line, tak­ing ad­van­tage of gap­ing holes in the Li­ons de­fense for 372 yards on the ground. Bai­ley ac­counted for 219 of those yards, in­clud­ing touch­down runs of 5, 69, and 84 yards.

The Bull­dogs (4-0) scored 21 points in each of the first two quar­ters for a 42-7 lead at the half, putting a run­ning clock in mo­tion for the sec­ond half.

“Our kids played a heck of a game. I didn’t ex­pect this, but we’ll take it. It was a mes­sage game,” Bull­dogs head coach James McCormick said just be­fore an a cap­pella per­for­mance of a few lines of “Sweet Caro­line” from his play­ers.

Af­ter al­low­ing the Li­ons’ touch­down on the game’s first play, North Caro­line’s de­fense made life mis­er­able for Queen Anne’s fresh­man quar­ter­back, McGowan. Fac­ing con­stant pres­sure, McGowan scram­bled to find open re­ceivers and of­ten ran the ball him­self, only pick­ing up 10 yards on 11 car­ries. One bright spot for the Li­ons was the elu­sive run­ning of Has­san Big­gus, who, de­spite the Bull­dogs’ dom­i­nat­ing de­fense, gained 63 yards on 11 car­ries.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of poor punts, the Bull­dogs scored quickly on their sec­ond and third pos­ses­sions. On a four-play drive be­gin­ning at the Li­ons’ 41, Bai­ley gained 32 yards off left tackle to the

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