Bull­dogs cruise over Vik­ings

Score on eight of nine pos­ses­sions to stay un­beaten

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CAM­BRIDGE — North Caro­line High’s girls’ soc­cer team cruised to a 7-1 vic­tory over Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester Thurs­day, Oct. 11.

Five dif­fer­ent Bull­dogs scored, with Alexa Law­ton and Sarah Ferkler each tal­ly­ing two goals. Corinne Webb, Tanya Haro and Hailey Ch­ester also added scores.

WORTON — Af­ter four scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties lit­er­ally slipped out of its hands in­side the 20-yard line the week be­fore, and with a po­ten­tial fourth straight post­sea­son berth on the hori­zon, North Caro­line High’s foot­ball team was look­ing to tidy it­self up Fri­day.

The Bull­dogs cleaned up quite nicely on this crisp, early au­tumn evening, pro­duc­ing per­haps their most ef­fi­cient per­for­mance of the sea­son with touch­down drives on all but one of their nine pos­ses­sions en route to a 55-7 vic­tory over Kent County.

“We just told our guys, ‘We’re play­ing good on de­fense. We need to keep that up,’” North Caro­line head coach James McCormick said af­ter his team im­proved to 7-0. “‘And we need to ex­e­cute on of­fense. No stupid penal­ties. No dumb de­ci­sions. We had a lot of those last week. Just clean it up. Play hard. Play fast.”

The Bull­dogs pretty much cov­ered all that. North Caro­line scored on all seven of its first-half pos­ses­sions, build­ing a 20-0 firstquar­ter lead, then fat­ten­ing it to 48-0 by half­time. The Bull­dogs amassed 302 yards in first-half of­fense — 290 of that com­ing on the ground — had touch­down runs from five dif­fer­ent play­ers, and con­verted all three of its third-down con­ver­sions.

“That was one thing; get on them quick and try to lock it down. Don’t give them an op­por­tu­nity to play with us,” McCormick said. “I thought our guys did that. We jumped out (20-0) first quar­ter and I thought that kind of set the tone.”

The tone set by North Caro­line’s de­fense was just as im­pres­sive, if not more pun­ish­ing, as it held the Tro­jans (2-5) to 31 yards rush­ing and a 33-yard pass com­ple­tion in the first half. Kent County con­verted just once on seven third-down op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first half, had five of seven pos­ses­sions end with punts, and watched quarterback Thomas Golds­bor­ough get sacked four times, in­clud­ing get­ting clob­bered three times by Rhian Sil­s­ley for losses of 24 yards in the open­ing 24 min­utes.

“I told him, ‘You got to stop. You got to stop,’” North Caro­line de­fen­sive tackle/end Savion Blake said of Sil­s­ley. “‘You’re go­ing to get ar­rested out here.’”

“That kid, num­ber three, is a tough, tough kid,” McCormick said of Golds­bor­ough. “He took some shots tonight, kept get­ting up and com­pet­ing.

“Our de­fense has been play­ing great all year and tonight was no ex­cep­tion,” said McCormick, who sat the bulk of his first-string de­fense and of­fense in the sec­ond half. “It was a good op­por­tu­nity for us to get some other kids on the field and get them a lot of play­ing time.”

North Caro­line’s first pos­ses­sion started on Kent County’s 41-yard line and ended three plays later with Ryan Bauer crash­ing into the end zone on a 7-yard touch­down run. The first of Will Man­ship’s five point-af­ter kicks made it 7-0 a lit­tle more than two min­utes into the game.

Golds­bor­ough fum­bled the snap on the Tro­jans’ en­su­ing pos­ses­sion. Caro­line re­cov­ered at the Kent 12 and cap­i­tal­ized with Joey Bild­stein (6 car­ries, 119 yards rush­ing) slant­ing through the left side of the line for a 5-yard touch­down run. Man­ship’s 5-yard scor­ing run made it 20-0 with 3:26 left in the first quar­ter.

The Bull­dogs steadily stretched their cush­ion from there. Mon­treyse Deshields (5-56) was sprung for a 30yard touch­down run be­fore Blake’s 18-yard scor­ing run. Bild­stein’s 73-yard run set up his 2-yard touch­down run. Deshields’ 3-yard touch­down run and Man­ship’s ex­tra point made it 48-0 at the break.

North Caro­line made it eight touch­downs on eight pos­ses­sions, when Blake (786) scored on a 25-yard run to open the sec­ond half.

“We needed to work harder this week, put points on the board,” Blake said. “The 14 against Eas­ton (the week be­fore), it was all right, but not enough. I can sleep well tonight.”

Kent County avoided a shutout when Corey Robin­son (16-59) scored on a 20yard run 45 sec­onds into the fourth quar­ter. Drue Wal­ters added the ex­tra point.

“I thought we were a lot cleaner,” McCormick said. “It was a lit­tle bit of a dif­fer­ent look for us but I thought we were clean. I thought we ex­e­cuted well.”

The only pos­ses­sion North Caro­line didn’t score on was its last, as backup quarterback Wy­att LaClair took a knee at mid­field.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

North Caro­line’s Ja­son Brown (12) hauls in Casey Byrd’s two-point con­ver­sion pass dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of Fri­day night’s 55-7 vic­tory over Kent County.

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