The second season has begun
With the 10-week regular season now behind us, it’s time to reflect for a moment, and then move forward.
The football playoffs are here. And again, there’s history to be made.
First, let me point out that, for a brief period in late October, there was a chance that all seven North Bayside teams could make the postseason for the first time ever. Six teams did it a couple of years ago, and that in and of itself was historic.
But all seven? Wow. That would’ve been something, huh?
And, it nearly happened, but for Elkton playing well down the stretch, a couple of key losses by Easton in the second half of the season, and Perryville jumping past Colonel Richardson in the last week of the season.
The South Bayside had perhaps its worst year ever, managing just one win in 26 tries against the North, and with nobody making the playoffs. While it’s far from true in basketball, on the gridiron, for the time being, the North is in charge.
But how well will that translate into playoff glory? We’ll find out this week, as three of the four games on tap involve a Bayside team against a non-conference opponent. Elkton, red-hot after losing in Week 2 to Kent Island, visits Queen Anne’s County, the only team to top Elkton’s only better this year. Cambridge-South Dorchester, which slipped out of the top seed in the 1A East Friday in a
three-touchdown loss at home against Easton, hosts Perryville in a rematch of the 2013 Class 1A East final.
Kent County, which also dropped a spot last week with a loss, is the fourth 1A East seed, and visits topranked Bohemia Manor, which surged as the season went on and moved above C-SD with a last-minute comeback Week 10 win over Joppatowne.
While all three of these games could be won by the Bayside’s combatants, they’re also no guaranteed victories. Mistakes are amplified when you play a onegame season, and for half of the 64 remaining publicschool teams playing this week in Maryland, that will be their only playoff.
The game of the week for Bayside fans, though, has to be North Caroline’s trip to Kent Island. The Bulldogs, who lost to both of the top two regional seeds this season, must visit a team that slipped past them at home two months ago on a fluke play.
A blocked last-minute field goal, scooped up and returned 89 yards by Kent Island, turned a seemingly likely 17-14 loss into a 21-14 victory. Now, the Bulldogs must try to avenge that loss and stay alive.
For Mid-Shore fans, there are games in Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and southern Cecil Counties on Friday. All should be well worth the trip.
Game Friday’sof the Games Week (4) 2A N. East Caroline Semifinals (8-2) at (1) Kent Is. (9-1) There won’t be a blocked field goal deciding this one. — Buccaneers, 24-21. (3) Elkton (9-1) at (2) Queen Anne’s (9-1)
Going home team here, but if the Golden Elks can get Raiquan Estep and company some open-field looks, it could go the other way. — Lions, 21-17. 1A East Semifinals (4) Kent County (5-5) at (1) Bohemia Manor (7-3)
This game, like so many this week in particular, could go either way. It all comes down to mistakes. — Trojans, 28-26. (3) Perryville (5-5) at (2) Cambridge-SD (7-3)
C-SD ran the clock on the Panthers in their last postseason meeting; Perryville won the previous two. This one will fall somewhere in the middle. — Vikings, 35-24. Last Week: 5-2. Season: 61-10 (.859). Career: 847-176 (.828). Follow me on Twitter: @ Davetalkssports.