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.