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