South tops North in se­nior foot­ball send-off

Dorchester Star - - SPORTS - By DAVID INSLEY dins­[email protected]­dem.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Ev­ery year, the fall sports sea­son of­fi­cially ends for Bay­side Con­fer­ence high schools with the East­ern Shore Bowl se­nior foot­ball game, the 11th edi­tion played at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Ap­pro­pri­ately, win­ter seemed to be­gin as snow started to fall heav­ily in the fi­nal quar­ter of the South’s 35-13 vic­tory, its fourth in the se­ries.

“I liked play­ing in the snow, even though we didn’t get it un­til re­ally late in the game,” North Caro­line de­fen­sive line­man Brendin ‘Bud­dha’ Gestole said. “We don’t usu­ally get snow this early.

“I’ll miss all this,” Gestole added. “But I know, too, I want to play foot­ball at the next level. I’ve got­ten a cou­ple of offers, and some more in­ter­est from other schools. I just haven’t made my mind up yet where I want to go.”

Though the first few in­stall­ments of this an­nual show­case have been com­prised en­tirely of Bay­side play­ers, the game has ex­panded in re­cent years, with the ad­di­tion of play­ers from Vir­ginia’s East­ern Shore, and the Hen­lopen (Del.) and Up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Bay con­fer­ences. Those groups have been joined by a num­ber of play­ers from Anne Arun­del County teams such as An­napo­lis, North­east, as well as Dun­dalk. In all, 20 pub­lic schools were rep­re­sented Sun­day.

While the flakes didn’t ac­cu­mu­late early, the South’s

big plays did, though the first one didn’t count.

On the game’s first snap, Sus­sex Tech (Del.) tail­back Mike Nor­swor­thy dashed left 65 yards for a touch­down. It was erased by a pro­ce­dure penalty. Nor­swor­thy scored five game min­utes later, though. The point-af­ter kick was missed, putting the South ahead 6-0 with 9 min­utes, 52 sec­onds to go in the first of four 15-minute quar­ters.

The South ex­tended its lead to 9-0 later in the open­ing quar­ter on the first of two 35-yard field goals by Mil­ford’s John Gaglione.

The North an­swered a few min­utes later when quar­ter­back Markus Thomp­son (Old Mill) found Zion Green (An­napo­lis) for a 10yard scor­ing pass. The PAT missed, leav­ing the score 9-6 early in the sec­ond pe­riod.

The South stretched its lead when Mil­ford’s Caleb Wat­son re­turned a fum­ble 15 yards for a touch­down. The PAT by Kristo Castillo (Nan­dua, Va.) made it 16-6.

The South pulled ahead 23-6 on the last play of the first half, a 17-yard keeper by Bran­don Scholl (James M. Ben­nett) and an­other Castillo point-af­ter.

The North gave up a safety — the sec­ond of the day, count­ing a waved-off in­ten­tional ground­ing penalty in the end zone in the first quar­ter — on the first play

of the North’s sec­ond pos­ses­sion fol­low­ing half­time. The third shot­gun snap of the day to sail wide went out of the reach of North quar­ter­back Green and out the back of the end zone, putting the score at 25-6.

Shyken Ma­cobs (Ar­ca­dia, Va.) scored on a 2-yard run later in the third pe­riod for a 32-6 lead mo­ments be­fore the flakes be­gan to fall.

A 1-yard Thomp­son keeper in the mid­dle of the fourth closed the gap a lit­tle, to 32-13 fol­low­ing a PAT by Dru Wal­ters (Kent County), but that was it. Gaglione’s sec­ond 35-yard boot came shortly there­after, as the snow thick­ened.

Nos­wor­thy, rushed for a game-high 82 yards on 14 car­ries, and was named the South’s of­fen­sive Most Valu­able Player. The de­fen­sive honor went to Wat­son, who fin­ished with four tack­les, plus his fum­ble re­cov­ery and touch­down scored.

Thomp­son, who threw for one of the North’s two scores and ran in the other, was his team’s of­fen­sive MVP. The de­fen­sive honor went to Grayson Bek­ert (North­east), who racked up 11 tack­les, in­clud­ing two for loss.

Colonel Richard­son’s Jor­dan Gabriel, a bruis­ing full­back who’s been in the play­offs the last two au­tumns — the back-to-back post­sea­son show­ings mark­ing a mile­stone in pro­gram his­tory — said there’s a lot he will miss.

“It’s been pretty good,” said Gabriel, who spent

Fri­day and Satur­day go­ing 9-0 in the 195-pound weight class to help Colonel’s wrestling team win the an­nual Andy Perez Me­mo­rial tour­na­ment at Cam­bridge-SD. “I feel like ... we did good dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. And to­day, we went out and played hard.”

Look­ing for­ward, Gabriel added, “af­ter high school, I want to play some col­lege ball. I’m not sure where I’m go­ing yet, but I want to con­tinue play­ing foot­ball.”

North head coach Pat McGlinchey, who just com­pleted his rookie year at Eas­ton,

said it was all a plea­sure. “When Jake (Cole­man) ini­tially asked us to run the of­fense and the other team to do the de­fense, and me to be head coach, I was ex­cited. You get to work with the best (se­nior) ath­letes in the con­fer­ence.”

As for the in­fu­sion of Anne Arun­del, Hen­lopen, ESVA, and UCBAC squads, McGlinchey added, “I loved it, be­cause ... last year we were re­ally hurt­ing on num­bers, and we weren’t even at 30. So I liked the chance to ex­pand the ros­ters, and to re­ally get elite play­ers out there.”

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

North Caro­line’s Brendin “Bud­dha” Gestole (55) breaks through the line in search of a South ball­car­rier dur­ing the first half of Sun­day’s 11th an­nual East­ern Shore Bowl.

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