Vik­ings hang huge num­ber on win­less Jags

C-SD’s de­fense to­tally dom­i­nant

Sunday Star - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

Cam­bridge-SD 76 Wash­ing­ton 0

CAM­BRIDGE — With the clock run­ning late in the fourth quar­ter Fri­day even­ing, Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High de­fen­sive tackle Avery Ni­chols, as­sum­ing an un­ac­cus­tomed role, tried re­peat­edly to place the foot­ball up­right on the kick­ing tee with­out suc­cess.

It was nearly the only thing that went wrong for the Vik­ings all night on home­com­ing week­end.

The de­layed kick­off was cer­tainly a bless­ing for Wash­ing­ton, which trailed 76-0.

That was also the fi­nal score, which stemmed largely from a re­mark­able per­for­mance by the Vik­ings’ de­fense that picked off six passes and re­cov­ered three fum­bles. The Vik­ings’ of­fense wasn’t too shabby ei­ther.

Cam­bridge-SD led 62-0 at the half.

Play­ing cen­ter field in his safety po­si­tion, Jyquan Far­rare in­ter­cepted three passes and Shamar Young, Cam­ren Lake, and Jay’zon Roberts each grabbed one in­ter­cep­tion to lead the Vik­ings’ de­fense. Young also con­trib­uted six tack­les while Don­ald Banks and Ja­cob Thal­heirmer each had four. The Jaguars fin­ished with mi­nus-31 yards rush­ing and 54 yards pass­ing, most of those aerial yards com­ing on one play, a 42-yard pass re­cep­tion by Davin Phillips.

“I think the kids came out and ex­e­cuted and that’s big,” said Vik­ings head coach Gaven Parker, whose team im­proved to 4-2. “De­fen­sively we had three touch­downs, which adds up quick in a short amount of time. Ev­ery­one played. We were able to re­ward those kids who’ve been work­ing hard all year long and may not have been able to get in a cou­ple of the games. So that’s al­ways nice to see. Those kids who earn that right, that they get on the field.”

Far­rare, play­ing quar­ter­back, got the Vik­ings’ of­fense started with a 38-yard touch­down pass to Lo­gan Mid­dle­ton on a third-and-12 to cap a five-play 64-yard drive to open the game.

On Wash­ing­ton’s first of­fen­sive se­ries, Far­rrare in­ter­cepted quar­ter­back Ri­ley Horner and re­turned the ball to the Jaguars’ 9-yard line. On the next play, Lake swept right and car­ried the ball into the end

zone to make it 13-0 with 8:14 to go in the first quar­ter. Vik­ings place-kicker Drew Warfield’s ex­tra-point at­tempt sailed wide left, but it was the only miss he had out of 11 kicks.

Wash­ing­ton fum­bled a toss on its next pos­ses­sion and Lake re­cov­ered the ball on the Jaguars’ 31. A sack by Wash­ing­ton’s Isa­iah Thomas and a tackle by Thomas on the next play made it fourth-and-18 for Cam­bridge-SD. A pass at­tempt then went in­com­plete. That was the only pos­ses­sion in which the Vik­ings didn’t score.

Lake in­ter­cepted a pass, and La­mont Jack­son (5 car­ries, 108 yards), with the Jaguars slow to line up de­fen­sively, then car­ried the ball on a pitch left 45 yards to the Jaguars’ 15. Lake scored up the mid­dle from there to make it 19-0 with 2:42 left in the first quar­ter.

Far­rare scored with a 50-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn to make it 26-0 just 18 sec­onds later.

Af­ter an­other in­ter­cep­tion, this one by Young, Cam­bridge-SD scored on three plays, capped by a 42-yard TD run by Young to make it 33-0. Warfield’s kick made it 34-0 at the end of the first quar­ter.

“The thing about our de­fense, we’ve got four sopho­mores and two fresh­men start­ing,” Parker said. “When you’ve got that much youth, it takes some time, and we’re fi­nally start­ing to see kids un­der­stand the sys­tem. It just takes time. Coach Al (Wa­ters) is a phe­nom­e­nal coach, but it just takes time to make sure that it’s all straight.”

Two plays into the sec­ond quar­ter, Vik­ings line­backer Jeremy Tay­lor scooped a fum­ble and ran 30 yards into the end zone to make it 44-0.

An­other in­ter­cep­tion by Far­rare, off a pass from quar­ter­back Michael James, set up a four-play scor­ing drive. Vik­ings QB John Henry fin­ished the drive with a 3-yard run up the mid­dle for a 47-0 lead with 9:04 left in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Ben­e­fit­ing from a face-mask penalty, Wash­ing­ton then pro­duced an eight-play drive, but it ended when Banks sacked Horner to put Cam­bridge-SD on the Jaguars’ 40. On a thir­dand-11, Henry con­nected with Tranell Clan­ton on a screen pass and he car­ried the ball into the end zone from 20 yards out to make it 54-0 with 1:33 left in the half, which was enough time to add one more TD.

The Jaguars fum­bled the kick­off and Banks re­cov­ered. On sec­ond-and-13, Jack­son scored with a 28-yard run, un­touched on a pitch right. Warfield’s kick made it 62-0.

Af­ter a score­less third quar­ter, Ethan Carmine scored with a 1-yard run through a gap­ing hole to make it 68-0, 15 sec­onds into the fourth. Banks scored the fi­nal TD with a 22yard carry with 4:20 re­main­ing.

The Vik­ings will likely face a much more com­pet­i­tive team next Fri­day when they travel to Wi­comico.

“We got out of this healthy, so that was key,” Parker said. “We watched Wi-Hi last night and they’re a big, strong, phys­i­cal team. We’re go­ing to need to play our best to win that game.”

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High’s Shamar Young re­turns an in­ter­cep­tion dur­ing the Vik­ings’ 76-0 vic­tory Fri­day night over Wash­ing­ton.

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