The sec­ond sea­son has be­gun

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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.


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