Bay­side foot­ball reaches half­way point of sea­son

Dorchester Star - - SPORTS - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

This Bay­side Con­fer­ence foot­ball sea­son reaches its mid­point this week­end. While no one is out of the play­off pic­ture yet, it’s be­com­ing bleak for a num­ber of teams.

In the Class 1A East bracket, Wash­ing­ton and Snow Hill are 0-4. Colonel Richard­son is 1-3, but is about to hit a stretch of games which, if it plays as well as it did Fri­day in a hard-fought 3932 loss at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester, will right the ship rather quickly.

Kent County and Cam­bridge-SD are 2-2, and atop the con­fer­ence’s 1A stand­ings, but be­hind Havre de Grace (4-0) and Bo­hemia Manor (2-2) in play­off points.

In the 2As, Kent Is­land and North Caro­line re­main un­beaten. The Bucs are do­ing so with a fresh­man quar­ter­back and stingy de­fense. The Bull­dogs are do­ing it with a tri­umvi­rate of run­ning backs, each with a hard-run­ning style.

Park­side is 3-1, Wi­comico is 2-2, while Easton and Queen Anne’s are post­sea­son long shots right now at 1-3.

How­ever, with many com­mon op­po­nents play­ing one an­other in the next six weeks, no­body is out quite yet. The con­ven­tional wis­dom is two losses mean you are on the bub­ble, and three is a death sen­tence. While this may or may not be true this year, it’s cer­tain a fourth loss will prob­a­bly mean the end of play­off hopes, un­less

every­body loses three or four games, which is pretty un­likely.

In the north­ern sec­tion of the 2A East, de­fend­ing re­gional cham­pion Har­ford Tech is 4-0, fol­lowed by Elk­ton (3-1), North East-Ce­cil (2-2), and North Har­ford (22). Fall­ston is 0-3 and plays just a nine-game sched­ule.

In Class 3A, James M. Ben­nett is 3-1, while Stephen De­catur is 2-2, both the Sea­hawks’ wins com­ing against 1As Ar­ca­dia, Va., and Wash­ing­ton, who have a com­bined 3-6 record. De­catur needs qual­ity wins against big­ger schools and teams with good records to con­tend for a play­off spot.

This week, sev­eral big games are on tap, with Kent Is­land’s trip to Park­side top­ping the list. Other games stand out, though. Colonel hosts Ar­ca­dia, Queen Anne’s County vis­its Kent County in a must-win con­test for both, and C-SD makes the long trip to On­ley, Va., to play Nan­dua.

The Vik­ings hung 72 points on the War­riors two years ago in the same sta­dium, and 67 last year in Cam­bridge. What will hap­pen this year? I’ll be on hand to find out, and maybe I’ll get to have a laugh on the side­lines like last week, when Caleb Scott had sev­eral of us in stitches.

Here’s the scene.

It’s the end of the third quar­ter Fri­day, and Colonel has just scored to make it 27-26, Vik­ings. As Colonel scored again, C-SD’s start­ing quar­ter­back, Jyquan Far­rare, tried to lead the next drive. But, right af­ter a 1-yard sneak on fourt­hand-inches, Far­rare be­gan to have leg cramps. It was 77 de­grees with 90 per­cent hu­mid­ity at kick­off, so there were plenty such in­ci­dents on both side­lines.

I sat down next to Far­rare, who had his left leg in the air, trainer Jess Booze kneel­ing be­fore him and try­ing to mas­sage out the cramps. Jess is eight months preg­nant.

“This charley horse is killing me,” Far­rare said. “I ate four bananas to­day. I don’t know what it is.”

I didn’t get a good look at the next touch­down two snaps later, ex­cept I saw Kha­lik Beasley streak 68 yards down the side­line to put the Vik­ings up seven.

Scott, the Vik­ings’ cen­ter, then rushed over to his team’s bench, look­ing like he was about to cry. In a scene which im­me­di­ately made me think of the clas­sic film, “Knute Rockne: Al­lAmer­i­can,” Scott said to his own Gip­per, “Hey, man, we did it for you­u­u­uuu!!! We did it for you, mannnn!!!”

Then he burst into laugh­ter, as did Far­rare, my­self, and an­other player (I think it was Ryan Frac­caroli). Booze fell to the ground laugh­ing so hard I was afraid her wa­ter was about to break.

Tears were com­ing from her eyes be­fore she set­tled down. Far­rare’s leg cramps were ap­par­ently gone, too. Maybe laugh­ter is the best medicine af­ter all.

Will C-SD have the last laugh at Nan­dua this week? We’ll find out Fri­day night. Fri­day’s Games Game of the Week Kent Is­land (3-1) at Park­side (3-1)

Park­side’s line is big and its play­ing at home. I go with his­tory here, but ei­ther side could make plenty more with a good game.

—Bucs, 28-26. Ar­ca­dia, Va. (3-2) at Col. Richard­son (1-3)

This should be a great chance for the Colonels to bounce back from a tough loss. But it’ll come down to turnovers; Colonel had three last week.

— Colonels, 35-20. North Caro­line (4-0) at De­catur (2-2)

If the Sea­hawks can pull the up­set here, that would be big. But I don’t see it hap­pen­ing this time.

— Bull­dogs, 35-13. South­ern-AA (0-4) at Easton (1-3)

If the War­riors can’t fin­ish this game, they might be, in terms of post­sea­son con­tention, un­less they get a lot of help down the stretch.

— War­riors, 35-20. Queen Anne’s (1-3) at Kent County (2-2)

It’s not of­ten you see the Tro­jans with a bet­ter record than the Lions, four weeks into things. QA’s can­not af­ford to come away empty here, and the Tro­jans are ca­pa­ble of mak­ing that hap­pen.

— Lions, 27-25. Wi­comico (2-2) at Wash­ing­ton (0-4)

Wi-Hi will have a prime chance to re­build af­ter los­ing to crosstown ri­val Park­side last week.

— In­di­ans, 42-6. Cam­bridge-SD (2-2) at Nan­dua, Va. (2-3)

The next six games for the Vik­ings are a spring­board into the play­off pool. If they slip, they might not just fall in, like in a YouTube video clip. This must be a W for them.

— Vik­ings, 48-20.

Week 3: 6-1.

Sea­son: 25-4 (.862). Ca­reer: 941-193 (.830).

Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @ SDBay­sideSports.

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DAVID INSLEY

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