Bull­dogs top Decatur

Red-hot Caro­line runs the clock once again to re­main un­de­feated on the sea­son

Times-Record - - Front Page - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@stardem.com

RIDGELY — The Bull­dogs put the clock in mo­tion the en­tire sec­ond half again with a 48-12 vic­tory Fri­day evening against Stephen Decatur.

RIDGELY — The Bull­dogs kept the chain gang on the move again and put the clock in mo­tion the en­tire sec­ond half again Fri­day evening against Stephen Decatur.

North Caro­line High’s foot­ball team scored seven touch­downs on nine pos­ses­sions on its way to a 48-12 vic­tory over the Sea­hawks in front of a fes­tive, stand­ing-roomonly crowd at Bull­dogs Sta­dium.

David Bai­ley (three touch­downs) and Tyler Bauer (two touch­downs) each ran for over 100 yards, tak­ing ad­van­tage of run­ning room and also fight­ing hard for ex­tra yardage.

The Bull­dogs (5-0) have led by 35 points or more to cre­ate a run­ning clock in the sec­ond half in ev­ery game so far this year.

North Caro­line’s de­fense only al­lowed one big play to ac­count for the Sea­hawks’ first score and al­lowed a late touch­down with re­serves play­ing in the sec­ond half.

The out­come was de­cided in a dom­i­nat­ing sec­ond quar­ter in which North Caro­line scored 27 points to take a 41-6 lead at the half.

A fum­ble near the Sea­hawks’ goal line in the first quar­ter re­sulted in the only pos­ses­sion in which the Bull­dogs didn’t score ex­cept for a fi­nal kneel down that ended the game.

The Bull­dogs needed only five plays to go 68 yards on their first pos­ses­sion for a 6-0 lead. Bauer (142 yards) ran off right tackle for five yards. Bai­ley (104 yards) swept left, found plenty of room, and gained 22 yards to the Sea­hawks’ 41. Will Man­ship ran up the mid­dle for five yards. Bai­ley swept right for 33 yards to the 3, and fol­lowed block­ers into the end zone from there on the next play with 9 min­utes, 57 sec­onds still on the first-quar­ter clock. Man­ship kicked his first of six ex­tra points to make it 7-0.

Decatur didn’t pick up a sin­gle yard on its first pos­ses­sion as North Caro­line swarmed Sea­hawks

run­ning back Tah’Jeem Wood­land on three run­ning plays. Fac­ing a third-and-15 and still run­ning the ball, Decatur de­liv­ered the mes­sage that it was a one-di­men­sional team.

“We knew that they didn’t throw the ball a whole lot,” Bull­dogs head coach James McCormick said. “So that helps us out and makes it a lit­tle bit eas­ier. We had one de­fen­sive break­down, that long run, other than that I thought we played a very good game de­fen­sively.”

North Caro­line started its next pos­ses­sion on its 48 and needed only four plays to score again. Quar­ter­back Cody Pep­per hit Man­ship on a fly pat­tern down the vis­i­tors’ side­line for a 24-yard gain to the Sea­hawks’ 28. Bauer ran up the mid­dle for eight yards as did Bai­ley for nine to the 11. Bai­ley then ran off left tackle, run­ning over tack­lers and car­ry­ing them into the end zone to make it 13-0 with 6:25 left in the first quar­ter.

The Sea­hawks (2-3) coun­tered, though, in just two plays. On a sec­ond-and-6, Justin Man­gianello burst off right tackle and out­raced every­one for a 75-yard touch­down carry.

“Coach (Bob) Knox does a great job with his guys,” McCormick of Decatur’s head coach. “They’re well coached. They’re fun­da­men­tally sound. They’re dis­ci­plined. They played very hard, and very well early on. We made a few mis­takes. The good news was we were able to re­bound from those mis­takes and play well af­ter that.”

“It was about bounc­ing back,” Bull­dogs de­fen­sive line­man JaMion Franklin said. “We knew they were go­ing to give us their all and once they scored their first touch­down I told my guys, ‘Hey, you wanted a game, you’ve got a game.’ So we just tried to get ev­ery­body fly­ing around, buy­ing into what we’re all about.”

Man­gianello’s TD run es­sen­tially ended the Sea­hawks’ at­tack. North Caro­line’s Seth Tay­lor blocked the ex­tra point and Decatur punted on its next four pos­ses­sions.

Af­ter fum­bling on its next pos­ses­sion, North Caro­line scored touch­downs on its next five. A 10-play drive from its 48, slowed by a hold­ing penalty, ended with Bai­ley’s 5-yard TD run to make it 20-6 with 9:30 left in the first half.

Bauer, sprung out­side by a block by wide re­ceiver and cap­tain Timmy Eck­rich, swept left and along the home side­line for a 78yard TD run, and a 27-6 lead with 6:51 re­main­ing in the half. The ex­tra-point at­tempt failed on a bum­bled snap ex­change.

“Over­all, our O-line blocked,” Eck­rich said. “We had a lot of plays to the out­side, jet-block­ing by our re­ceivers. We just knew that we had to come out here and be fo­cused and be fun­da­men­tally cor­rect and we had to block every­one in front of us.”

A 42-yard punt re­turn by Tynez Warner set up the Bull­dogs’ next touch­down. On the en­su­ing drive, Pep­per hit Cameron Brown with a lob pass for a 16-yard gain to the 5. Man­ship car­ried the ball in from there, un­touched on a sweep right, to make it 33-6.

An­other long re­turn by Warner, this one a 45-yarder to the Sea­hawks’ 13, was fol­lowed by a TD run on the next play by Bauer for a 40-6 lead with 27 sec­onds left in the half. Man­ship’s ex­tra point en­sured a run­ning clock in the sec­ond half.

“It’s some­thing that hap­pens,” McCormick said of the run­ning clock. “We al­ways try to get that ex­tra point to get it. We don’t talk about it other than we try to pre­pare our­selves.”

With North Caro­line’s sec­ond-team of­fense in the game in the third quar­ter, Savion Blake sprinted through the mid­dle of the Sea­hawks’ de­fense for 35-yard TD run with 55 sec­onds left in the quar­ter. Man­ship’s ex­tra point ended the Bull­dogs’ scor­ing.

“Will kicked for us last year on jayvee,” McCormick said. “We knew he was a very good kicker and we knew that we would be get­ting him up on var­sity this year. He ac­tu­ally came up and kicked for us in the play­offs last year, helped us out there.”

With Bull­dogs re­serves play­ing de­fense, the Sea­hawks pro­duced their best drive, a 12-play scor­ing march that fea­tured two fourth-down con­ver­sions. The sec­ond one was ques­tion­able as an 18-yard pass from quar­ter­back Do­minic Klebe to Mon­trel Moore was short and ap­peared to hit the ground.

Wood­land capped the drive with an elu­sive cut-back run from the 15. A two-point try failed.

The Bull­dogs travel to Eas­ton next Fri­day.

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PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

North Caro­line run­ning back Tyler Bauer be­gins a 78-yard touch­down run in the sec­ond quar­ter Fri­day evening against Stephen Decatur. Also pic­tured Ja­cob Brown (58).

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

North Caro­line High’s David Bai­ley gains 33 yards on a sweep dur­ing the Bull­dogs’ first pos­ses­sion Fri­day evening against Stephen Decatur.

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