Cambridge cruises to victory over Colonel
CAMBRIDGE — CambridgeSouth Dorchester High cruised to a 41-6 victory over Colonel Richardson Friday night, improving to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the Bayside.
Vikings head coach Jake Coleman wanted the team to start faster this week after trailing in the first quarter of their last two games. The Vikings responded with touchdowns on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.
“I felt like we had a slow start the last couple games and I wanted to come out fast,” Coleman said. “I was really proud of the guys because they came out, and defensively we were locked in right from the opening kickoff.
“That is going to be very, very important when you are facing a team like Kent Island,” he said. “We can build off this victory, and use it as we prepare for Kent Island next week. I’m just really, really proud of how the entire team came out with a lot of energy and great execution to build an early lead.”
The Cambridge-SD defense started the game with a sack by Jack Morris and Tranell Clanton on the opening play. On the next play, linebacker Kobi Ruark stuf fed Colonel fullback Calvin Tilghman for no gain. With third-and-long Colonel quarterback Jake Zebron dropped back to pass but he was hit hard by Brandon Tibbs. The ball went forward for an incompletion, Colonel was forced to punt.
After a punt, the Vikings took over at Colonels’ 38 yard line and scored their first touchdown in five plays. Tajh Molock (eight carries, 64 yards, touchdown) started the drive with an eightyard run. Tre’ Lake (15-138, two touchdowns) carried up the middle for 10 yards.
Quarterback Tyler Harding (1 for 3, 19 yards) went play-action, and found C.J. Brummell along the sideline for a 19-yard gain to the one yard line. Lake carried into the end zone on the next play for the score. Lake also added a two-point conversion for an 8-0 CambridgeSD lead.
The Cambridge-SD defense halted Colonel’s next drive near midfield. Facing a fourth-and-one, running back Eric Joseph carried but Ruark bolted through the line of scrimmage and stopped Joseph short for no gain.
Lake scored five plays later from three yards out to increase the Vikings’ lead to 15-0 in the first quarter.
The Colonels (2-4, 1-4) got their offense going on their third drive, marching into Cambridge-SD territory on runs by Robert Thompson and Joseph.
With second-and-one from the 37, the Viking defense stuffed the Colonels. Thompson was stopped for no gain by Josh Townsend, Demetri Sheilds and Morris. Danny Vanriel and Clanton tackled Joseph for a fouryard loss on third down. The Colonels went for it on fourth down, but Zebron’s pass fell incomplete, turning the ball over to the Vikings.
Lake got Cambridge-SD back in the red zone with a 38-yard run to the 10 yard line on third-and-eight. Brummell capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run off a counter to increase the Viking lead to 21-0 in the second quarter. Cambridge-South Dorchester was driving on
its next possession, but Joseph halted the march with an interception in the red zone for the Colonels.
Ruark forced the Colonels in a fourthand-long when he stopped Thompson on a sweep. Colonel went for it, but Zebron’s pass to Joseph fell incomplete.
After five-straight runs by Lake got the ball inside the Colonel 25, Ruark spelled Lake in the backfield and wasted little time to make an impact on the offensive end. Ruark took a Harding handoff on thirdand-four and sprinted through the line for a 13-yard touchdown and a 28-0 Vikings’ lead before halftime.
Ruark also set up a third-quarter scoring drive with an interception he returned for 40 yards. He finished the game with 30 yards on the ground and a team-high six tackles.
“Kobi did an outstanding job on both sides of the ball tonight,” Coleman said. “Kobi was a guy who was injured last year and didn’t get a chance to play. He got hurt at the end of his sophomore season playing lacrosse so he has been chopping at the bit.
“It has been outstanding having him on the team,” he added. “He puts in so much effort and enthusiasm. I had no idea he would be this great of a player for us. He does a great job on defense, and as you saw tonight, can come in on offense and make an impact. It is awesome to have a guy like that.”
Cambridge-SD earned a running clock with a 60-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Molock to make the score 35-0. Molock would score on the ground from 10 yards out to make it 41-0 on a drive set up by Ruark’s interception.
The Colonels would get on the board late in the fourth quarter on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Zebron to Cloderson Charles to make the score 41-6 Vikings.
“We started off bad,” said Colonel head coach Dan Mangum. “The first quarter was awful. Cambridge is very talented, and ver y well coached. They get after it, and we didn’t.
“We played a little better in the second quarter,” he added. “We do some good things offensively, and then we take three steps back. You play a team like Cambridge, they are going to make you earn everything. They play hard ever y down. They are a class program.”
Cambridge-SD is slated to visit Kent Island Friday, Oct. 14, and Colonel is scheduled to visit Nandua the same night.
Colonel Richardson quarterback Jake Zebron fires deep for a touchdown against Cambridge-South Dorchester Friday, Oct. 7.