The playoffs have arrived
The high school football postseason is finally upon us.
This year, the North Bayside has three participants, Cambridge-South Dorchester, Colonel Richardson, and North Caroline, while there are two from the South: Parkside and James M. Bennett.
As always, there’s history made. This year marks the first time both Caroline County teams made it to the postseason in consecutive seasons in football. I know this because Colonel had never made the postseason in consecutive years until now. This year, the Colonels are in the Class 1A East playoffs for the third time in school history, again as the fourth seed.
The Colonels, shut out in their first-ever postseason appearance back in 2014, scored once last year in a 56-6 loss to eventual regional champ Havre de Grace. The Colonels who may dress only 15 players (or fewer, perhaps!), make that twohour bus ride again tonight. At least it won’t be frigid like last year, though the forecast now lists rain as a possibility.
C-SD, earning the No. 2 seed, will host Perryville in a game which has the potential of becoming a real rivalry. The Panthers, at home in Cecil County for both games, beat the Vikings for the regional title in 2011 and 2012.
C-SD returned the favor the following year with a 42-0 blowout win in Cambridge. The home team is thus unbeaten in recent history between the two; will that hold true again this year?
In the Class 2A East playoffs, defending regional champ Harford Tech hosts Elkton. This should be a very good game, and though I don’t know particularly much about Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference teams, I think Elkton might have the hot hand in this one.
Having scored 35 or more points in each of the last five games — all wins — and posting shutouts in three of them, the Golden Elks seem to be firing on all cylinders. We shall see. I thought Kent
Island had momentum when it went to Bel Air last year in Week 12, but the Buccaneers came away empty in a hard-fought 22-21 win by the Cobras.
In Class 3A, Bennett is the top seed again this year (I guessed wrong on that), and Long Reach High, the No. 4 seed in the 3A East, will make the 2½-hour drive from Columbia to Salisbury for tonight’s contest at Wicomico County Stadium.
The second season is upon us; at most, four Bayside teams will advance to Week 12. My guess is it’ll be two, possibly three.
Friday’s Games Game of the Week Class 2A East Region Semifinals (4) Parkside (8-2) at (1) N. Caroline (10-0)
I don’t see a shutout here, but I’ve been known to get stuff wrong. I do go with the unbeaten team, but the Rams can win this if they play their grind-you-down defense they’re capable of. — Bulldogs, 28-14.
(3) Elkton (8-2) at (2) Harford Tech (9-1)
And the team making the regional final from this game will be the...
— Golden Elks, 21-20.
Class 1A East Region Semifinals (4) Col. Richardson (5-5) at (1) Havre de Grace (8-2)
It won’t be a 50-point blowout like last season, but Havre de Grace has three things the Colonels lack: depth, home turf (literally; they play on an artificial surface), and all day to hang out on the field and get acclimated.
(3) Perryville (6-4) at (2) Cambridge-SD (7-3)
If C-SD wins, I might get the chance to annoy Viking junior wide receiver Logan Middleton’s grandfather, David Cannon, for at least another week before we go indoors for hoops season.
Class 3A East Region Semifinals (4) Long Reach (7-3) at (2) J.M. Bennett (8-2)
I can’t recall the last time Bennett won a playoff game; maybe this is the year.
— Clippers, 28-24.
(3) Northeast-AA (7-3) at (2) Chesapeake-AA (8-2)
Northeast just beat Chesapeake last week in Chesapeake’s stadium, but this is still a tough call. I go with the...
Week 10: Season: Career:
8-2. 64-10 (.865). 982-199 (.831). — Warriors, 42-7. — Vikings, 26-20. — Cougars, 27-24.