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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 aalam@star­dem.com

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