Vikings hang huge number on winless Jags
C-SD’s defense totally dominant
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.”
Cambridge-South Dorchester High’s Shamar Young returns an interception during the Vikings’ 76-0 victory Friday night over Washington.