Vikings run clock in rout of Snow Hill
SNOW HILL — Camren Lake scored twice on defense and once on offense Friday night as CambridgeSouth Dorchester High’s football team rolled to a 46-0 rout of Snow Hill.
The game ended early by mutual consent of both head coaches after a brief scuffle on the field with nine minutes left to play in deteriorating weather. Cambridge-SD improved to 6-3.
Snow Hill (0-9) has not won since defeating Washington, 35-29, in Week 8 of last season, a streak of 11 straight games. In the rivalry, once one of the biggest in the Bayside’s Class 1A division, the Vikings have won 13 straight matchups, including first-round playoff victories in 2011 and 2012.
The Vikings took advantage of a short field to register the game’s first score. An onside opening kickoff rolled only six yards from the tee before being downed, giving the visitors possession at the Eagles’ 46-yard line.
Three plays later, Shamar Young ran it in from 10 yards out to make it 6-0; a Drew Warfield point-after kick made it 7-0, C-SD, just 41 seconds into the game.
“I think Snow Hill’s got some good athletes,” C-SD head coach Gaven Parker said. “I know that, last year, after both teams had a possession, they were actually winning 8-7. So we told the guys not to take anything for granted; they had to be careful. Don’t think about a team’s record, think about what you have to do to stop them.
“We had that opportunity to come out and execute, and they did it,” Parker added. “We knew with the weather that we needed to take some shots early.”
For the remainder of the first quarter, though, the Eagles played well defensively, holding the Vikings to minus-3 yards of offense on two runs and an incomplete pass.
“We had the one drive where we didn’t execute well,” Parker said. “We didn’t block on a couple of plays, and like I said, we wanted to take our shots, in the hope that maybe we can get up 35, and run the clock, and get out of there quick with the nor’easter coming through. So we tried a long pass and it didn’t work, and two runs didn’t get us anything, so we punted that time.”
C-SD kept coming, though, and took advantage of Eagle turnovers and good field position to pull farther ahead. A 28-yard Young run early in the second quarter comprised the bulk of a 50-yard C-SD drive that ended with Jyquan Farrare’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Dario Belizaire.
The PAT kick missed, however, leaving the score at 13-0 four minutes into the second. Snow Hill then lost its starting quarterback, Chris Waters, to injury, reducing the team’s strength to 15 dressed players.
Lake’s 43-yard return of a Snow Hill fumble on the next possession made it 20-0; a six-yard Malik Ennals carry a few moments later put the score at 26-0, and that’s where things stood at halftime.
With 8:50 to go in the third and rain increasing from a storm front moving through, Lake picked off backup quar terback Maurice Hudson Jr.’s errant pass and dashed 57 yards down the visiting team’s sideline for a score. Following a Warfield PAT, the Vikings led 33-0.
As the third period expired, C-SD got the 35-point running clock going, a 34-yard Lake run making it 39-0; the Eagles blocked the PAT.
On the ensuing kickoff, however, C-SD took advantage of another Eagle gaffe, recovering a fumble and scoring two plays later, Jaden Jones running for a touchdown from six yards out two minutes into the fourth quarter.
Warfield’s PAT made it 460, and immediately after the play, flags flew as players on the field began pushing and shoving. No one was reported to have been ejected at the time, but both coaches agreed to declare the game complete with a little over nine minutes remaining on the clock.
The Vikings, who locked in a playoff berth with the win, can secure the No. 2 seed in the looming Class 1A East playoffs with a win over Easton; that game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 2.
“When you look at Easton, they’ve lost a lot of tough games,” Parker said. “They’re not a bad team. They’re pretty stout; they play great team defense.
“When you play a team Week 10 that’s out of the playoffs, you’ve got to be ready for anything,” Parker added. “They’re gonna try anything. You’ve got to be prepared for anything, trick plays, they’re gonna take shots . ... We’ve got to play for a home playoff game and they can go a long way to preventing that.”
Snow Hill visits county rival Stephen Decatur for the two teams’ regular-season finale.