Bayside football reaches halfway point of season
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).
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