Ri­valry Week her­alds end of reg­u­lar sea­son

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Af­ter nine weeks of trial, of rain, of post­pone­ments, and of bat­tles, the Bay­side Con­fer­ence has fi­nally ar­rived at the sea­son fi­nale for foot­ball: Week 10.

As is the case ev­ery year, the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nales mark Ri­valry Week, too, with long­time foes squaring off in many games. Bat­tles will take place for county brag­ging rights in Caro­line, Queen Anne’s, Wi­comico, and Worces­ter.

Though there are a cou­ple of games that mat­ter a lot, and ev­ery game has mean­ing for the play­offs, even for the teams not in them, the big­gest one this week has to be the old­est one: Cam­bridge vs. Eas­ton.

The War­riors visit Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester on Fri­day night in a bat­tle that dates back to the days of the Theodore Roo­sevelt ad­min­is­tra­tion, and as is al­most al­ways the case, some­one has the chance to mess up some­thing for its op­po­nent.

This year, though Eas­ton will not make the play­offs, the team has a chance to put a real crimp in C-SD’s post­sea­son hopes with a vic­tor y.

The Vik­ings, who would lock down the No. 2 seed with a vic­tory, need to win be­cause it’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween host­ing a firstround play­off game and play­ing on the road through­out the en­tire post­sea­son.

A Vik­ing loss means the team is at the mercy of sev­eral games they’re not play­ing in, such as Bohemia Manor’s bat­tle with Perryville, and Kent County’s con­test in Bel Air against Pat­ter­son Mill High.

The play­off-point sys­tem is sim­ple: you get Win points for a vic­tory: a Class 1A school is worth five, a 2A worth six, a 3A gives you seven, and beat­ing a 4A earns eight points. For ev­ery game that van­quished foe wins through­out the sea­son, you get a bonus point. So the wins usu­ally com­prise the big­gest part of a team’s point to­tal, while the bonus points re­flect the strength of your team’s sched­ule.

Right now, C-SD is sec­ond be­hind top-seeded Havre de Grace (who can’t be over­taken) in the Class 1A East play­off field, and to keep from typ­ing a quar­ter of a page of ex­plana­tory math, if the Vik­ings win, it’ll put them at No. 2 and un­catch­able as well.

Colonel Richard­son needs to ei­ther beat un­de­feated North Caro­line (whom they haven’t bested since 2006), or for Bohemia Manor to top Perryville, and Kent County to win at Pat­ter­son Mill, to get one last bonus point which would give Colonel a tiebreaker win over Perryville for the fourth play­off spot.

“We re­ally shot our­selves in the foot,” Colonel head coach Dan Mangum said af­ter his team’s Wek 8 loss at Northamp­ton, Va., a 4543 over­time de­feat his team led, 37-21, with just un­der six min­utes left in reg­u­la­tion. “If we won this, we’re in the play­offs, ba­si­cally. Now, we’re wait­ing to see what hap­pens in other games.”

If Colonel makes the play­offs as a re­sult of the Ea­gles de­feat­ing Perryville and Kent County top­ping the Huskies, it’ll give us the same four-team play­off field we had last year in the 1A East. The only dif­fer­ence is, in 2018, C-SD will host Bohemia Manor in­stead of rid­ing nearly two hours north to face them.

In the Class 2A East lit­tle sim­pler.

North Caro­line, at 9-0 and un­catch­able in points, will host play­off games through at least the re­gional fi­nal, if the team makes it that far. Har­ford Tech and Elk­ton, right now, look to be the sec­ond and third seeds, while Park­side is in con­trol of its own des­tiny at No. 4, and plays 1-8 Wash­ing­ton on Fri­day.

Wi-Hi, now 6-3 and still math­e­mat­i­cally alive in the play­off hunt, can close the gap a lot on Park­side with a win over city ri­val James M. Ben­nett (a 7-2, Class 3A team thereby worth 14 points, but one the In­di­ans haven’t beaten since 2014), but iron­i­cally, a Wi-Hi win would also help Park­side a lit­tle bit. The Rams, who beat Wi-Hi in Week 4, would gain a bonus point from that win, while a Ben­nett win would lock the Rams in at No. 4.

Wi-Hi has to beat Ben­nett, and Wash­ing­ton has to beat Park­side, for Wi-Hi to make the play­offs, by my math. At least one of those things ain’t hap­pen­ing.

Thus, Park­side, a 20-0 loser to North Caro­line, in Sal­is­bury, in Week 1, will most likely go to Ridgely on Nov. 9 for a first-round play­off game. Elk­ton will travel to de­fend­ing re­gional champ Har­ford Tech the same night, and the win­ners will play Nov. 16, prob­a­bly at North Caro­line, un­less I miss my guess.

For the first time in 15 years, no­body in Queen Anne’s County, ei­ther the epony­mous high school there, or Kent Is­land, will make the play­offs. Also for the first time since 2003, nei­ther team will have a win­ning sea­son, as Fri­day night’s win­ner will im­prove to just 5-5 over­all.

In the Class 3A East, Ben­nett has locked in a play­off spot for the third time in four years. How­ever, it’s been at least 16 years since the Clip­pers won a play­off game.

Since I be­gan do­ing this in 2003, I’ve not seen Ben­nett win in the post­sea­son. That year, the team went 8-2 and got bounced in the first play­off round by 9-1 Stephen De­catur, who in turn lost in the 2A East re­gional fi­nal (Ben­nett and De­catur were Class 2A teams a long time ago) to Aberdeen, who had a quar­ter­back named Erin Hen­der­son.

Yes, pro line­backer Erin Hen­der­son. His older brother, E. J., was drafted by the Min­nesota Vik­ings ear­lier that year, and the two ended up play­ing to­gether for a while in the NFL.

This year might just be the year for that; the Clip­pers have a va­ri­ety of weapons and it’s hard to stop them all.

This week’s for all the ri­valry mar­bles, and some play­off berths are also on the line. I in­clude a cou­ple out-of-con­fer­ence games

due to their ob­vi­ous bear­ing on Bay­side teams, as well as how they in­volve po­ten­tial fu­ture Bay­side op­po­nents.

Thurs­day’s Game Wash­ing­ton (1-8) at Park­side (7-2) Though C-SD and North Caro­line have al­ready locked in post­sea­son spots, Park­side will do it first this week.

— Rams, 45-6.

Fri­day’s Games Game of the Week Eas­ton (4-5) at Cam­bridge-SD (6-3) This could be an Eas­ton win if the pass­ing at­tack works and the War­rior de­fense plays like it showed it could sev­eral times this year. But I go home team here.

— Vik­ings, 27-21.

North Caro­line (9-0) at Col. Richard­son (5-4) Make it 12 straight for the blue and white.

— Bull­dogs, 42-14. Queen Anne’s (4-5) at Kent Is­land (4-5)

Back in Au­gust, I didn’t think I’d be say­ing this, but... now they’re play­ing for pride. And I go with the Pride to win this time around.

— Lions, 21-20.

Kent County (2-7) at Pat­ter­son Mill (0-8) The Huskies would give both Bo Manor and Perryville a bonus point if they win. The Tro­jans would give one to C-SD and Colonel, among oth­ers.

— Tro­jans, 27-24. Wi­comico (6-3) at James M. Ben­nett (7-2) The 2018 Sal­is­bury city cham­pi­ons this year will be the...

— Clip­pers, 35-19. Snow Hill (0-9) at De­catur (2-7)

Worces­ter County’s

champ will be the same one as in most pre­vi­ous years.

— Sea­hawks, 21-9.

Perryville (5-4) at Bohemia Manor (4-4)

And the team likely to play C-SD in the first round is the...

— Ea­gles, 26-20.

Havre de Grace (7-2) at North Har­ford (3-6)

This game mat­ters more to the teams who’ve beaten the com­bat­ants than the com­bat­ants them­selves, thanks to bonus points.

— War­riors, 39-17.

Elk­ton (7-2) at

C. M. Wright (4-5)

A de­cent warmup for an open­ing-round play­off, this game should be fairly com­pet­i­tive.

— Golden Elks, 31-20.

Jop­pa­towne (2-7) at Har­ford Tech (8-1)

A not-so-de­cent warmup for an open­ing-round play­off, this game will be fairly lop­sided.

— Co­bras, 42-6.

Week 9: 7-0. Sea­son: 56-8 (.875). Ca­reer: 974-197 (.832).

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FROM THE BLEACH­ERSDAVID INS­LEY

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester de­fen­sive back Shamar Young (1) knocks the ball away from Queen Anne’s wide re­ceiver Xavier Jones (7) with time run­ning out Satur­day, Sept. 1.

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