of the first quarter, Marciano turning a third-and-12 in WiHi territory into a touchdown, the last 35 yards of it while weaving through and around a series of Indians defenders en route to paydirt.
He somehow topped that with the 62-yard score, arriving at the 7:04 mark of the second period, on a short, second-down fling from Jackson. Marciano appeared to run into traffic after a 10-yard grab, but broke from the left to the middle before turning on the jets.
The blocking — from the line to the downfield players — was sublime, and sprung Marciano on both scampers, and it didn’t go unnoticed.
“It was all about the O-line, it was all about the O-line,” Marciano said. “It’s O-line, O-line, O-line, O-line, and I know what it’s like to not get the glory, both touchdowns, it was the O-line.
“I’ve never been in that position,” Marciano added of playing wideout. “This week, Coach said, ‘I want you to step up’, so I did what I had to do. They were blitzing linebackers, mostly, in the first quarter, so we looked at it, and said, ‘Let’s start passing’, and that opened up everything, opened up the run game more, opened up the pass game more.”
And Kent Island’s running game kept pace with the aerial attack.
Senior Brandon Galloway led all rushers with 114 yards
on 11 carries, scoring on a 1-yard TD to put the Bucs up 14-0 late in the first quarter. Classmate Jordan Walker compiled 71 yards on 12 runs, crossing the end zone on bursts of 7 and 17, in each half.
Kent Island racked up 201 yards rushing on 28 handoffs, good for 7.2 per snap.
Meanwhile, the Buccaneers’ defense just about shut down the Indians. Save for a 47-yard TD run by sophomore fullback Cameron Kodua (7-89) in the second period, Wi-Hi mustered only 100 yards on 37 other plays from scrimmage, and the quarterback tandem of Lequan Pettit and Khalil Evans was sacked seven times for a total loss of 48 yards.
“They’re fast, they’ve got some fast dudes everywhere,” Ferragamo said of Wicomico. “It’s tough playing an option team because you have to change what you do.
“We’re a run-to-the-football, hair-on-fire kind of defense,” Ferragamo added. “But you have to trust your teammates and do what you’re supposed to do. We have some athletes, too; I don’t want to undermine our guys, at all.”
Mooney and sophomore Floyd Butler also scooped up Wi-Hi fumbles, both leading to second-half touchdowns that pushed the score toward a running clock. The Bucs have now allowed only 49 points in the six games, a shade above 8 per outing.
“For us, it’s all about discipline,” Kent Island’s senior defensive lineman Jeff Kuebel said. “Every guy has their own assignment, so, as long as we play as a team, and don’t go after individual goals, we’re on
them every time.
“We knew they were fast, but not that fast,” Kuebel added. “We stuck to our assignments and we were fine.”
Kent Island held the penalties in check for the most part, getting tagged with only five flags for a total of 51 yards.
“We’re starting to clean them up,” Marciano said. “I think Coach was really hitting the note on that, that we need to clean those up, because that’s what makes you good [instead of] great, it’s those penalties.”
A 19-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to senior reserve Steven Eckhardt with 10:03 left triggered the rout rule; sophomore kicker Joseph Garvey went 6-for-7 on point-after attempts.
Kent Island now turns its attention to Oakdale, a Class 2A West program that also moved to 6-0 with Friday’s 28-9 triumph over Linganore. The Bucs will travel to Ijamsville, outside Frederick in western Maryland, this Friday; kickoff is at 6 p.m.
“It’s time to man up, and we just need to believe in ourselves,” Marciano said of getting ready for Oakdale. “If you go in there with confidence in yourselves, and you believe in yourselves, no matter how big or how fast you are, you can win.”
Added Kuebel: “For us, it’s about no big plays. We got to keep on our assignments, and as long as we don’t let up big plays and keep on making tackles; we have got to make the tackles, we missed a few this week.” Follow on Twitter @Ayman_StarDem. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org