Bull­dogs score early and of­ten in homecoming night win

Bai­ley scores 3 TDs, runs for 196 yards

Times-Record - - Sports - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

RIDGELY — A Rams’ lead lasted for 44 sec­onds Fri­day evening at North Caro­line High School.

On North Caro­line’s sec­ond play from scrim­mage, David Bai­ley blasted through the right side of Park­side’s de­fense and down the side­line for a 55-yard touch­down run.

Bai­ley’s touch­down be­gan a streak of 42 straight points for the Bull­dogs as they cruised to a me­thod­i­cal, crush­ing 42-10 homecoming vic­tory.

The Rams’ only touch­down came on Nayel Oge’s 25-yard TD carry with North Caro­line re­serves play­ing de­fense late in the fourth quar­ter.

Bai­ley added two more touch­down runs and also contributed a 39-yard run on a fake punt, set­ting up the Bull­dogs’ third TD for a 20-3 half­time lead. Find­ing room through the Rams’ de­fense and run­ning over and drag­ging de­fend­ers at times, Bai­ley fin­ished with 196 yards on 21 car­ries.

North Caro­line (5-1) scored touch­downs on its first four pos­ses­sions and only punted once.

“Our kids played well. We were grind­ing,” Bull­dogs head coach James McCormick said. “That’s our thing, keep grind­ing. Stay on your blocks, run the ball hard, block hard, play good de­fense, just keep grind­ing. Good fun­da­men­tals and play ball. I told our guys, ‘It ain’t about flash and dash, it’s about show­ing up and work­ing hard and do­ing the fun­da­men­tals right and hav­ing suc­cess.’ You have to grind to do that and I thought we did that.” Nei­ther team had a turnover. Oge fin­ished with 130 yards on 19 car­ries to ac­count for most of the Rams’ of­fense. He picked up 30 yards on the sec­ond play of the game and 18 yards on a fourth-and-3 as Park­side reached the Bull­dogs’ 10-yard line. But North Caro­line’s de­fense stuffed three straight runs and the Rams set­tled for Justin Ball’s 30-yard field goal for their only lead, 3-0.

After Al­lan Saatoff gained five yards to open North Caro­line’s of­fense, Bai­ley bolted for his 55-yard TD run. Rob­bie Blakely kicked the ex­tra point for a 7-3 lead with 5:51 left in the first quar­ter.

Park­side (3-3) reached the 50 on the next se­ries be­fore punt­ing. The Bull­dogs then em­barked on a 14-play drive that ended with Tyler Bauer’s 4-yard TD run. Bai­ley and Saathoff, tak­ing ad­van­tage of block­ing, com­bined for 11 runs that put North Caro­line at the Rams’ 17. Bauer then picked up 10 yards to the 7 and, after a short gain on a sneak by quar­ter­back Cody Pep­per, he scored eas­ily off left tackle. Blakely’s kick was good to make it 14-3.

“We worked hard. We pounded play after play,” said Bull­dogs line­man Dy­lan Os­borne, who was named homecoming king at half­time. “We got after it. We keep try­ing to get bet­ter game after game, pick up our blocks and pick up the lit­tle things. I just like the way we keep pound­ing. If we all catch our blocks we go for big yards. We never give up.”

Two 5-yard penal­ties and the Bull­dogs’ swarm­ing de­fense de­railed the Rams’ of­fense on their next se­ries.

North Caro­line then drove 63 yards on six plays for its 20-3 half­time lead. Pep­per rolled right and hit Saathoff cross­ing the field for a 13-yard gain on the first play. On a fourth-and-4 from the Rams’ 45, Bai­ley punted just after Park­side called a time­out. After the time­out, still in a punt for­ma­tion, he took the ball and ran left through holes and car­ried de­fend­ers the fi­nal 10 yards to the Rams’ 6. He scored eas­ily off left tackle. The ex­tra-point try sailed wide right.

The Bull­dogs con­tin­ued to march on of­fense with a 62yard drive to open the sec­ond half, helped by a Rams’ face­mask­ing penalty. Bai­ley capped the drive with a 9-yard TD run off left tackle, break­ing through tack­lers at the 4. He added two points the same way for a 28-3 lead.

North Caro­line then com­pleted a suc­cess­ful on­side kick, but the Rams’ de­fense held, ben­e­fit­ing from a hold­ing penalty, and the Bull­dogs punted for the first time.

But Park­side punted after go­ing two yards on three plays, and the Bull­dogs re­sponded with a 13-play 50yard touch­down drive.

“They’ve got big kids, they have phys­i­cal kids, good ath­letes,” McCormick said. “We were just able to make plays and do what we were sup­posed to do.”

Pep­per con­nected with a wide open Blakely for a 1-yard TD pass to open the fourth quar­ter. Liam Dow­dall kicked the ex­tra point for a 35-3 lead.

North Caro­line’s Wy­att Gross added a 6-yard TD run through the mid­dle and an ex­tra-point by Blakely ended the Bull­dogs’ scor­ing.

“We knew they were go­ing to come out here, it’s homecoming week, and knew they were go­ing to try to bust us in the mouth, but we had to do all we could, and I think the score showed that we did our best,” Bull­dogs of­fen­sive line­man and line­backer Alex Ea­ton said. “They were big up front, but the more the game went on the slower they got, the weaker they got; we started pound­ing on ‘em.”

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

North Caro­line’s Al­lan Saathoff is tack­led by Park­side’s Ja­cob Koon to end a 13-yard pass­ing gain in the sec­ond quar­ter Fri­day evening.

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