Per­fect 10 for the Bull­dogss

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DAVID INS­LEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

RIDGELY — North Caro­line de­feated Colonel Richard­son 42-14 Fri­day, Nov. 3, to take the Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Cup, top re­gional seed and home field in the play­offs. North Caro­line is now 10-0, Colonel 6-4, post­ing just its third win­ning 10-game sea­son in the school’s history. Both teams made the playof fs.

RIDGELY — A lot was rid­ing on Fri­day night’s football game be­tween North Caro­line High and county ri­val Colonel Richard­son.

The Colonels were look­ing to lock down a play­off berth for just the sec­ond time in school history. The Bull­dogs were hop­ing to com­plete their sec­ond per­fect reg­u­lar sea­son since their school opened its doors.

Also on the line for the Bull­dogs was the prospect of a happy Se­nior Night cel­e­bra­tion, and the con­tin­u­a­tion of county brag­ging rights, as they looked to ex­tend their hold on the Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Cup for an 11th straight year.

But more im­por­tantly, a Bull­dogs win would clinch the top Class 2A East Re­gional play­off seed, and home-field ad­van­tage through the state semi­fi­nals, should the team make it that far.

The Bull­dogs checked off ev­ery­thing on their list, win­ning 42-14 to take the cup, top re­gional seed, and home field. North Caro­line is now 10-0, Colonel 6-4, post­ing just its third win­ning 10game sea­son in the school’s his­tor y.

Colonel wasn’t will­ing to let their county ri­vals have an easy time early, do­ing two things in the first quar­ter no one had done to North Caro­line all year. First, the Colonels out-gained their hosts 64 yards to 51. Sec­ondly, the Colonels shut the Bull­dogs out in the first quar­ter.

“I don’t think all sea­son we had gone through the first quar­ter score­less,” North Caro­line 17-year coach James McCormick said. “We had one game, Park­side, where we were up 7-0, but I think that was it all sea­son.”

As the fi­nal eight min­utes of the first half ticked away, though, a flurry of points hit the score­board, two-thirds of them be­long­ing to North Caro­line.

David Bai­ley (17 car­ries, 133 yards) capped a 10-play, 85-yard scor­ing drive — the long­est on the night by ei­ther team — with a 2-yard run. Will Man­ship kicked the first of six point-after tries to make it 7-0, with 7 min­utes, 53 sec­onds to go be­fore in­ter­mis­sion.

Colonel, held to just 12 yards rush­ing on 16 firsthalf car­ries, went to the air on the en­su­ing drive. After a 2-yard loss on the first play of the drive, quar­ter­back Jake Ze­bron (4 for 12 pass­ing, 177 yards, two scores) hit Robert Thomp­son III on the left side of the field with a screen pass. Thomp­son found a seam, and raced 70 yards for a score, which Remy Mangum tied 7-7 with a PAT at the 6:45 mark.

North Caro­line an­swered quickly, re­turn­ing the next

kick­off to the Colonel 32yard line for its best field po­si­tion on the game. Four plays later, Bai­ley, with 5:35 to go in the half, scored again from two yards out to put the Bull­dogs up for good at 14-7.

Colonel went three-and­out quickly, and North Caro­line scored again, go­ing 65 yards on nine snaps to score; this time it was Man­ship, who jumped in from a yard out to make it 21-7.

De­spite the Bull­dogs bust­ing loose in the sec­ond quar­ter, Colonel hung tough for one more drive. And it took just one play, an­other screen pass from Ze­bron. This time, he found Ty’Mir Fos­ter for 55 yards and Colonel’s sec­ond score.

“I think in the first half in par­tic­u­lar, we did an ex­cel­lent job at con­tain­ing Bai­ley,” Colonel head coach Dan Mangum said. “I’ve been in this pro­gram 13 years, and North Caro­line hasn’t changed their of­fense a whole lot over that time . ... They run the same traps, the same things, over­all, that they’ve run for years. But they run them very, very well. And if they do that, know­ing what they might run doesn’t mean you’re go­ing to stop them.

“But I think we did a good job at con­tain­ing Bai­ley, for the most part,” Coach Mangum said. “He’s a big­play guy, and we didn’t al­low that big play all night . ... I think we played ‘em well for the most part. They’re just bet­ter.”

Bai­ley, who rou­tinely gashes op­pos­ing de­fenses for long touch­down jaunts, had 90 yards at half­time, but no run longer than his 19yard carry on his team’s first scor­ing drive. How­ever, the Bull­dogs as a team picked up the of­fen­sive pace. With just 32 yards on the ground in the first quar­ter, the Bull­dogs ran 18 run­ning plays in the sec­ond, rack­ing up 142 yards, an av­er­age of just un­der eight per touch.

“Colonel had a good game plan com­ing in,” McCormick said. “They had a ball­con­trol of­fense, and they used up clock in the first quar­ter. The first quar­ter went by pretty quickly, but in the sec­ond quar­ter our guys picked it up and that’s when we started get­ting bet­ter re­sults.”

North Caro­line, which ran 12 first-quar­ter plays to 15 by the Colonels, ran 26 in the sec­ond, to just 7 by its op­po­nent, pos­sess­ing the ball for nearly 10 of the pe­riod’s 12 min­utes. Part of it was a func­tion of Colonel’s two brief scor­ing drives, the rest a re­sult of the Bull­dog de­fense, which held Colonel to mi­nus-4 rush­ing yards on five sec­ond-quar­ter at­tempts.

Start­ing their fi­nal drive of the first half at mid­field, North Caro­line got a 25-yard pass from quar­ter­back Cody Pep­per to Cam­eran Brown to the Colonel 12. Pep­per found Bai­ley wide open in the right side of the end zone for a 12-yard touch­down strike to make it 28-14 at the break.

“I thought that late touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter killed us when we had the blown cov­er­age,” Coach Mangum said. “I think half­time, if you’re go­ing in down one score ... I’m not say­ing we win the game, but the out­come wouldn’t have been as much ... I think that took a toll a lit­tle bit on us at the half.

“If you go in down one score, yeah, you’re right there with them,” he added. “But two scores, the feel­ing is ... it’s kind of out of reach at that point.”

North Caro­line added a 1-yard Pep­per sneak, and a 6-yard Bai­ley scor­ing run, in the sec­ond half to salt away the win.

Colonel had some suc­cess be­tween the 20s after half­time, and on its fi­nal drive got within the Bull­dogs’ 3, set­ting up a first-and-goal and putting the guests one short play from scor­ing the most points on the Bull­dogs this sea­son. But a per­son­al­foul penalty against the Colonels, moved them back to the 18, and the drive ended in a turnover on downs four plays later.

With 15 sec­onds to go after Colonel’s last push, Pep­per lined up in the vic­tory formation he had used in the nine games prior, and knelt to kill the clock.

Colonel, thanks in large part to Bo­hemia Manor’s 28-0 de­feat of Per­ryville Fri­day night, made the 1A East play­offs as the fourth­seeded team. Colonel will visit top-seeded Havre de Grace (9-1) on Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. North Caro­line opens its play­off run against Kent Is­land (8-2), which routed county ri­val Queen Anne’s 48-0 on Fri­day to earn the fourth Class 2A East seed. The Bull­dogs de­feated Kent

Is­land nine days ago, 35-14.

Notes: Colonel had four win­ning records over 10 games, but the team had to for­feit three vic­to­ries in 2006, when it fin­ished 6-4 on the grid­iron, due to the use of an in­el­i­gi­ble player. The team’s of­fi­cial record for that year due to this is 3-7 . ... North Caro­line out­gained Colonel 252-74 on the ground . ... Pep­per fin­ished the night 8 for 13 pass­ing for 115 yards and one score, and an NFLsys­tem passer rat­ing of 115.9.

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PHOTO BY DAVID INS­LEY

The North Caro­line High football team cel­e­brates its 11th straight Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Cup vic­tory on Fri­day evening. The Bull­dogs de­feated county ri­val Colonel Richard­son, 42-14. With the win, North Caro­line com­pleted its sec­ond 10-0 reg­u­lar sea­son in school history, and locked down top seed in the Class 2A East play­offs, as well as home field through the third play­off round.

North Caro­line quar­ter­back Cody Pep­per gives in­struc­tions to his backs dur­ing a drive Fri­day night at home against Colonel Richard­son. Pep­per threw a touch­down pass in the 42-14 win, which im­proved his team to 10-0 on the sea­son.

PHO­TOS BY DAVID INS­LEY

While Will Man­ship (33) blocks for him, North Caro­line’s David Bai­ley (2) runs for a first down Fri­day night at home against Colonel Richard­son. Bai­ley ran for 113 yards and four touch­downs in his team’s 42-14 vic­tory.

North Caro­line’s Tyler Bauer runs for a first down dur­ing Fri­day night’s win over Colonel Richard­son.

North Caro­line’s Will Man­ship fol­lows through on a point-after kick dur­ing the third quar­ter of Fri­day night’s game. Man­ship con­verted on all six PAT tries in the win.

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