Bull­dogs rout Rams

McCormick cap­tures 100th vic­tory

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

RIDGELY — North Caro­line High foot­ball head coach James McCormick al­ways preaches the im­por­tance of sweat eq­uity and hard work for suc­cess.

By the fi­nal gun in Fri­day’s 49-6 vic­tory against 2A play­off con­tender Park­side, McCormick was drip­ping wet. The rea­son came in the form of a Ga­torade bath in cel­e­bra­tion for the coach’s 100th ca­reer vic­tory.

With his win to­tal in the triple dig­its, a hum­ble McCormick gave the credit to ev­ery­one in the pro­gram.

“We reached this mile­stone be­cause of play­ers, coaches, par­ents and com­mu­nity mem­bers that have come through this school and sup­ported this pro­gram,” he said. “I’ve been ex­tremely blessed to work with out­stand­ing coaches over the years.

“I may re­ceive credit for the win, but the real credit be­longs to play­ers, coaches and com­mu­nity,” he added. “I’m just in­cred­i­bly proud and hon­ored to be a part of it.”

In game billed a big early sea­son test, the Bull­dogs rolled early, lead­ing 49-0 mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter. Se­nior run­ning back and Boston Col­lege com­mit David Bai­ley (166 yards) rushed for four scores. Quar­ter­back Cody Pep­per (3 for 7, 48 yards) threw a touch­down pass to Cam­eran Brown (3 catches, 48 yards). Tyler Bauer (56 yards) scored on a run. Notre Dame com­mit Jamion Franklin also blocked a put, scooped up the ball and scored a touch­down.

In the sec­ond quar­ter alone, North Caro­line (2-0) scored 35 points, mak­ing for a quick sec­ond half with a run­ning clock.


“It was an awe­some team win,” McCormick said. “Ev­ery game is a big game, but this one is against a 2A play­off con­tender and a great Park­side team. We had a great week in prac­tice, and it showed with how strong our guys came out of the gates.

“The of­fense line did a great job,” he added. “The guys up front worked re­ally hard in prac­tice, and you could see that pay off to­day with how well we ran the ball.

“David Bai­ley is a spe­cial back,” he con­tin­ued. “He makes things hap­pen on his own. De­fense played out­stand­ing. The de­fense got a lot of three-and-outs and turnovers to give the of­fense great field po­si­tion. I’m ver y proud of all the kids.”

The Bull­dog de­fense held the Rams to 35 yards of of­fense and sec­ond first downs in the first half.

De­fen­sive back Tynez Warner was all over the field mak­ing plays. He opened the game with a tackle for loss and a pass de­fense on the first two plays from scrim­mage.

He in­ter­cepted a pass, re­cov­ered a fum­ble and re­turned a punt for 40 yards. His de­fen­sive plays gave the Bull­dog of­fense great field po­si­tion.

Bai­ley got the of­fense mov­ing on his first carry, a 43-yard sweep to the left. He capped the open­ing drive with a 10-yard touch­down run on fourth-and-three to give North Caro­line a 7-0 lead.

The Bull­dogs be­gan their next pos­ses­sion in Ram ter­ri­tory af­ter Warner’s 40-yard punt re­turn. Bai­ley moved the chains on a fourth-down run.

Fac­ing an­other fourth down, this time fourt­hand-12 from the 14, Pep­per passed to the end zone for Brown who made a leap­ing catch in dou­ble cov­er­age for a touch­down.

The Park­side (1-1) of­fense did not get a chance to an­swer the 14-0 North Caro­line lead be­cause Owen Joseph re­cov­ered an on­side kick for the Bull­dogs.

The North Caro­line of­fense faced an­other fourth down of the first half, and Pep­per and Brown made it four for four with Brown haul­ing in Pep­per’s pass down the side­line for a 26yard gain. Bai­ley scored two plays later for a 20-0 lead.

McCormick joked the only thing hold­ing back the of­fense was his play call­ing.

“It means their id­iot head coach needs to throw the ball ear­lier than fourth down,” he said. “Cody and Cam­eran are good kids. They have been work­ing hard.

“We have a lot of con­fi­dence in what they can do in the pass­ing game,” he added. “Cody does such a great job for us at quar­ter­back. I need to get the ball in the air more to those guys.”

Warner’s in­ter­cepted on the Rams’ next pos­ses­sion put North Caro­line in­side the 25. Bai­ley scored two plays later for a 27-0 lead.

Af­ter an­other Ram three­and-out, Franklin bursted through the line to block the punt. He then flung a Park­side to the ground, picked up the loose ball and scored the touch­down for a 35-0.

The sec­ond quar­ter points ex­plo­sion con­tin­ued when Noah Jef­fers re­cov­ered a Park­side fum­ble on the en­su­ing kick­off. Bauer scored two plays later from 11 yards out to put the Bull­dogs up 41-0.

The Bull­dog de­fense forced an­other Ram punt. On the sec­ond play of the drive, Bai­ley sprinted into the end zone from 48 yards. Zach Smith caught a Pep­per pass for a two-point con­ver­sion and a 49-0 lead.

Park­side got on the board early in the third quar­ter on a 20-yard touch­down pass from An­drew Smith to Tyler Poul­son. The Rams sec­ond drive of the sec­ond half ended with an in­ter­cep­tion by Michael Co­hen.

The Bull­dogs travel to Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester next Fri­day, Sept. 15.

“We just have to keep get­ting bet­ter, and put in a great week of work at prac­tice be­cause we have an­other big game against a re­ally tough Cam­bridge team,” McCormick said.


Jamion Franklin, left, and Jamil Work­man give North Caro­line head coach James McCormick a Ga­torade bath af­ter McCormick earned his 100th ca­reer vic­tory with a 49-6 win over Park­side on Fri­day.


North Caro­line’s Jamion Franklin scores a touch­down af­ter he blocked a Park­side punt on Fri­day evening.

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