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and Bo­hemia Manor, and sev­eral con­di­tional bonus points, could knock Colonel out, though.

Where is the most im­por­tant game in the Bay­side this week? Half an hour or so up the road, in an all-too-fa­mil­iar place: Lions Sta­dium in Cen­tre­ville.

Queen Anne’s County (7-2), at risk of miss­ing the play­offs for just the sec­ond time since go­ing 2-8 in 2003, hosts county ri­val Kent Is­land (7-2).

My wife Mandy, a 1994 Queen Anne’s alum, has of­ten lamented “how good we’d be if Kent Is­land didn’t break away. We were a pow­er­house.”

(The var­sity went 13-27 in her four years at Queen Anne’s, so I don’t know where she gets that, but please, don’t tell her I factchecked her. Our couch is very un­com­fort­able and I have a bad back.)

We’ll see who’s the best team in Queen Anne’s County on Fri­day. It’ll be broad­cast on 94.3 WINXFM, by my evil twin, Mark Pot­ter, and his lovely as­sis­tant Dale Be­craft; pregame is at 6:45 p.m.

An­other game on the ra­dio (folks, you don’t re­al­ize how good we in the North Bay­side have it, with two sta­tions broad­cast­ing games ev­ery week) is an­other one with huge play­off im­pli­ca­tions: C-SD vis­its Eas­ton in a game that could end a dozen dif­fer­ent ways.

Half of those pos­si­ble out­comes, the gnomes in my base­ment say, would mean the 1A Vikings, who haven’t beaten a 2A team all sea­son, sit home next week.

John Tomey, the pitch­ing coach for C-SD base­ball and a teacher in­side a school as well, will be on WAAI with Steve Aaron pro­vid­ing color.

I guess word of how good Dwayne and I did at Colonel in 1989 fi­nally got around to station gen­eral man­ager Troy Hill, and John got moved to the FM side of the dial.

(Just kid­ding, John. You do great work!)

In the South Bay­side, there are a cou­ple of big games re­main­ing, too. James M. Ben­nett, which came out flat Satur­day for homecoming against Stephen De­catur, only to score 30 unan­swered points down the stretch and win, 30-21, takes on Wi­comico.

This game won’t just af­fect Ben­nett’s play­off chances, it will also de­cide the city cham­pi­onship. If Wi-Hi wins, that would mean all three city teams (Park­side’s the other one) would fin­ish 1-1 head-to-head.

De­catur vis­its Snow Hill in an­other big ri­valry game; though no­body’s gonna see the play­offs in Worcester County, as in Caro­line, Queen Anne’s, and Wi­comico, there’s pride on the line this week.

Park­side heads to Wash­ing­ton, and Pat­ter­son Mill vis­its Kent County in a game with play­off-point im­pli­ca­tions for four 1A East con­tenders. So we have games in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caro­line, Tal­bot, Wi­comico, and Worcester coun­ties this week. No­body’s ter­ri­bly far from some im­por­tant ac­tion.

I’ll be at Colonel; if you come, bring me a can of Jolt, please. The last Fri­day night of Bay­side foot­ball’s reg­u­lar sea­son usu­ally ends for me around 3 a.m., so I could use the caf­feine.

In clos­ing, I of­fer con­do­lences to Ben­nett head coach Glenn Gib­son, who took a leave of ab­sence re­cently to be with his ail­ing wife, Tracy, who passed Oct. 24, her hand in Glenn’s, af­ter a long, brave bat­tle with pan­cre­atic cancer. Glenn and his fam­ily are in the prayers of many here in the Bay­side Con­fer­ence. As­sis­tant Dustin Mills has taken charge of the team down the stretch.

Fri­day’s Games Game of the Week Kent Is­land (7-2) at Queen Anne’s (7-2) Records notwith­stand­ing, this has been a great watch for over a decade. — Buccaneers, 28-20. Colonel (6-3) at North Caro­line (9-0) At 15-3, this is the best com­bined record Caro­line County’s two schools have posted through nine weeks, as far as I can tell.

— Bull­dogs, 42-6. Cam­bridge-SD (5-4)

at Eas­ton (3-6) Though Eas­ton’s of­fense right now is de­pleted with in­juries and C-SD has a back­field ca­pa­ble of scor­ing from any­where at any time, it’s CSD-Eas­ton. Any­thing’s pos­si­ble.

— Vikings, 28-23. J.M. Ben­nett (6-3) at Wi­comico (4-5) Wel­come back to the play­offs, Ben­nett. You are #Gib­sonStrong.

— Clip­pers, 35-20. Park­side (5-4) at Wash­ing­ton (2-7) Park­side will vent its frus­tra­tions at miss­ing the play­offs on a Jaguars team that will not do well at stop­ping mon­ster tail­back Nayel Oge. Rams, 42-13. De­catur (3-6) at Snow Hill (1-8) As is the case in Caro­line County, the big school tends to get the brag­ging rights in the ri­valry game. — Sea­hawks, 42-28. Pat­ter­son Mill (2-7) at Kent County (1-8) If C-SD and the Tro­jans both lose it’ll mean both 1A East fi­nal­ists last year now only failed to make the play­offs in 2017, but nei­ther posted a win­ning record. — Huskies, 42-20. Last Week: 6-1. Sea­son: 54-9 (.857) Ca­reer: 906-186 (.830) Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @SDBaysideS­ports.

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