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record for long­est field goal? Os­car just kicked a 51-yarder!” I got in one voice mail. An­other, re­mark­ably sim­i­lar mes­sage came on that one’s heels.

And no, I still don’t have an an­swer to that ques­tion. The Bay­side Con­fer­ence, sadly, does not keep track of things like this (ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, I’m gonna start), so for the time be­ing, we don’t know defini­tively if Os­car’s kick is the long­est in con­fer­ence his­tory.

It broke his pre­vi­ous record of 48 yards, and the long­est one I can re­mem­ber be­fore that was a 47-yarder by Ryan Brew­ing­ton of Snow Hill, which came in 2004, and was a game-win­ner, I think against Queen Anne’s in Week 1 of that year. I want to say the fi­nal score was 10-7, Ea­gles; while that’s not en­tirely cer­tain (UP­DATE: It is; I just found the old ar­ti­cle online), I do re­call quite clearly that Queen Anne’s avenged that loss 11 weeks later by knock­ing the Ea­gles out of the play­offs, win­ning the Class 1A East Re­gion ti­tle at their ex­pense.

That was the last year Queen Anne’s was a Class 1A school; it moved up the next year and hasn’t gone back down since. It was also the first year in a string of 13 win­ning sea­sons coach Donny Graef and crew have put to­gether since, in­clud­ing three more re­gional ti­tles, and a state fi­nal ap­pear­ance in 2009.

Ben­nett, on the other hand, has seen some ups and downs. Mak­ing the play­offs sev­eral times, it’s al­ways been a one-and-done af­fair, in­clud­ing a 70-0 lam­bast­ing at River hill eight years ago.

But the pen­du­lum seems to have swung to the good side for now. Fol­low­ing a 1-9 cam­paign in 2012, coach Glenn Gib­son’s crew im­proved, mak­ing the play­offs in 2015; the team went 5-5 last year, but has al­ready matched that sea­son win to­tal six weeks into 2017.

Ben­nett and Queen Anne’s — the lat­ter in what some might call a build­ing year — square off at 7 p.m. Fri­day in Cen­tre­ville in the Bay­side Foot­ball Game of the Week.

Other games jump out of the sched­ule as en­ter­tain­ing as well, in­clud­ing one in­volv­ing the Lions county ri­vals: Kent Is­land.

The Buc­ca­neers, 6-0 this sea­son and run­ning strong, visit Oak­dale, a Fred­er­ick County team that’s in the top 20 of the state poll, in a game with huge im­pli­ca­tions.

The 2A West, to which Oak­dale be­longs, is ab­so­lutely loaded this year. Oak­dale, the 3A state runner-up last year, got re­as­signed to the smaller Class 2A bracket this year, as did Da­m­as­cus, the team that beat it for the 3A ti­tle last De­cem­ber in An­napo­lis.

Also in the 2A West, we find Walk­ersville, which made the 2A fi­nal in 2015 at North Caro­line’s ex­panse, and then won it all last year, along with Mid­dle­town, which was the 2011 state champ... and the 2012 state champ... and the 2013 state champ.

A friend of mine said the other day that “it’s pos­si­ble the best four 2A teams in the state are in the West re­gion alone.” And even if you put un­beaten and loaded North Caro­line in that mix, it’s still no worse than four of the top five.

Kent Is­land has a point to prove, but de­spite the 90-minute drive and road game against a state-ranked op­po­nent, it’s pos­si­ble the Buc­ca­neer faith­ful could come home happy.

At the other end of the state, Easton vis­its Stephen De­catur in a big game for both. While nei­ther has an easy path to the post­sea­son this year (De­catur’s is much more re­al­is­tic, play­ing in a re­gion with fewer teams and only one win off the pace for a play­off seed), this game will ser ve to prove if the Sea­hawks are re­built, or if Easton can win de­spite suf­fer­ing sev­eral depthchart-wreck­ing in­juries in Week 2.

Un­beaten North Caro­line, at home Fri­day, faces a 1-5 Kent County team, while Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester and Colonel Richard­son, both sit­ting at 3-3 but only the for­mer in the play­offs if the sea­son ended to­day), have must-win games against Wi­comico, and Nan­dua, Va., re­spec­tively.

Park­side, reel­ing from a game it had won with 90 sec­onds left but which slipped through its fin­gers Fri­day, now must win to stay vi­able for a play­off spot, and hope for help in the form of losses by the teams above it. The Rams host win­less Snow Hill, mired in a 28-game los­ing skid, Thurs­day night, a day ahead of ev­ery­one else.

Wash­ing­ton High, with a slim but still math­e­mat­i­cal shot at its first play­off berth in 14 years, vis­its Ar­ca­dia, Va., half an hour or so from home, and needs to im­prove upon its cur­rent mark of 1-5.

There are games in Dorch­ester, Fred­er­ick, Queen Anne’s, Som­er­set, and Worces­ter Coun­ties this week in­volv­ing Bay­side teams, and an­other in Ac­co­mack County, Va.; no mat­ter where you are on Del­marva or even near Bal­ti­more, you’re not more than a half-hour drive from one.

Go check one out; I hope to see you there. Thurs­day’s Game Snow Hill (0-6) at Park­side (3-3) A decade ago, this would have been all Ea­gles. Now, it’s the other way around. — Rams, 42-6. Fri­day’s Games Game of the Week J. M. Ben­nett (5-1) at Queen Anne’s (4-2) Home field doesn’t usu­ally mean much in high school, de­spite the talk, be­cause so many games turn into mis­matches. This one is a rare ex­cep­tion — Lions, 21-20. Kent Is­land (6-0) at Oak­dale (6-0) The Bucs al­low 8.17 points per game de­fen­sively, Oak­dale just 11 1/2. This might be a game which sees just one scor­ing play all night. — Bears, 21-14. Wi­comico (2-4) at Cam­bridge-SD (3-3) The long­est steady ri­valr y in the Bay­side Con­fer­ence (C-SD, as Cam­bridge Sem­i­nary, played Easton as far back as 1907, but this one has been played more) should see a fun re­newal. (Ra­dio: WAAI 100.9 FM; pregame 6:15 p.m.) — Vik­ings, 28-24. Kent County (1-5) at N. Caro­line (6-0) The Rowdies at the Ridge will go home happy. — Bulldogs, 49-7. Easton (2-4) at De­catur (3-3) An­other game with amaz­ing po­ten­tial as a crowd­pleaser. (Ra­dio: 94.3 WINXFM, pregame 5;45 p.m.) — War­riors, 27.26. Nan­dua, Va. (3-4) at Col. Richard­son (3-3) Colonel hasn’t been 4-3 on the field af­ter seven games since 2006 (they had to for­feit three of those wins due to an in­el­i­gi­ble player). Count­ing wins they kept, it’s been since 2001. — Colonels, 34-22. Wash­ing­ton (1-5) at Ar­ca­dia, Va. (3-4) The Jaguars could fin­ish as strong as 4-6 if they con­tinue to bat­tle. This would put them half­way there. — Jaguars, 35-19. Last Week: 7-0. Sea­son: 36-5 (.878). Ca­reer: 888-184 (.828). Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @David_s­tar­dem.‹

Play­ers of all ages en­joy the game of soc­cer through the Queen Anne’s Soc­cer Club. QASC kicked off its sea­son on Sept. 9. QASC is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion and one of the lead­ing recre­ational youth soc­cer clubs on the East­ern Shore. Founded in 1989, the or­ga­ni­za­tion op­er­ates through the vol­un­teer ef­forts of both board mem­bers and coaches, along with the spon­sor­ship of mul­ti­ple lo­cal busi­nesses. Over 500 chil­dren are reg­is­tered to play soc­cer for QASC rang­ing in age from 3 to 14. Fields are lo­cated in Cen­tre­ville, Church Hill and Sudlersville.

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