Buc­ca­neers, Lions will face big tests in Week 7

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports -

While some of last week’s heav­ily-hyped games were al­most an­ti­cli­mac­tic, a cou­ple were bet­ter than the billing.

While ev­ery­one fig­ured there’d be a lot of emo­tion in the Park­side-James M. Ben­nett foot­ball game on Fri­day, no­body could’ve seen the way it went.

Park­side opened with a 22-0 spurt and had their Sal­is­bury city ri­vals on their heels. But Ben­nett came back, and late in the fourth quar­ter, the game was tied 36-36.

Park­side scored with less than two min­utes left to make it 43-36; I was in­trigued be­cause I’m pick­ing games on TV this year, head-to-head against WBOC’s Matt Pencek (our choices air about half­way through his sta­tion’s 7 p.m. broad­cast ev­ery Tues­day, so check out WBOC Chan­nel 16, please!) and he had taken the Rams, I the Clip­pers.

But then Ben­nett came back in sto­ry­book fash­ion, run­ning back the en­su­ing kick­off to tie the game. Park­side fum­bled a mo­ment later, and then a kick one can only call The Os­car Win­ner took place.

Steve Os­car, who’s been split­ting up­rights for sev­eral sea­sons now with Ben­nett, took the field to try a 51yard field goal.

And he made the dag­gone thing. Im­me­di­ately, my cell phone, al­ready bled down to just 11 per­cent of its charge from a night of foot­ball, be­gan ring­ing like crazy.

“Hey, what’s the Bay­side

PHOTO BY AY­MAN ALAM

Kent Is­land’s Bran­don Gal­loway car­ries the ball Fri­day against Wi­comico. Gal­loway racked up a game-high 114 yards on 11 car­ries, in­clud­ing a 1-yard touch­down in a 48-8 win for the Buc­ca­neers.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

Kent Is­land’s Molly Con­nelly, left front, bat­tles North­west’s He­lena Lee (350) an Smyrna’s Naomi Bowser at the start of Wed­nes­day’s Tide­wa­ter Fall Clas­sic. Con­nelly was sec­ond to Bowser, with Lee plac­ing third.

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