Henry, Vikes shake off flags, rout the Tro­jans

Dorchester Star - - SPORTS - By DAVID INS­LEY

CAM­BRIDGE — John Henry threw three first-half touch­downs, and the Vik­ings de­fense al­lowed the of­fense to set up a run­ning clock Fri­day night, Oct. 18, as Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High’s football team won its sixth straight with a 54-19 vic­tory over Kent County.

The Vik­ings im­proved to 6-1, while Kent County fell to 3-4.

“The of­fense did a great job, ev­ery guy pick­ing some­one else up,” Vik­ings head coach Gaven Parker said. “They con­tained on de­fense, and did some good work against their run­ning game.

“We were able to throw the ball well, and that’s some­thing we were hop­ing we could do well tonight,” Parker added. “We tried a few things, and got some things to work. I’m happy with the way we looked.”

The Vik­ings held the Tro­jans to just 19 first-half rush­ing yards on 14 car­ries, sack­ing quar­ter­back Thomas

Golds­bor­ough twice, and built a 27-0 half­time lead.

Penal­ties, how­ever, hurt Cam­bridge-SD on sev­eral drives, in­clud­ing four first-half un­sports­man­like­con­duct penal­ties and an ejec­tion. For the game, the Vik­ings were flagged 13 times for 125 yards.

When things were work­ing, they were work­ing well, par­tic­u­larly Henry’s early work in the pocket.

His 17-yard touch­down pass to Malik En­nals be­gan the scor­ing. An off­sides call against Kent County prompted Parker to go for two in­stead of a James Fra­zier point-af­ter kick; the run failed, leav­ing the score 6-0 with 7 min­utes, 20 sec­onds to go in the first pe­riod.

Af­ter a Kent County punt, Cam­bridge-SD struck again from 17 yards out, Henry hit­ting Ti­mothy John­son for a touch­down. Fra­zier nailed the PAT to make it 13-0 late in the first.

“We were tight with them early,” Kent County head coach David Boyle said. “It was 13-0 late in the first half, but then you have a fum­ble, a blocked punt, and then it’s 27-0 at half­time. That’s a huge dif­fer­ence.”

Kent County’s Maikhi Tiller in­ter­cepted Henry in the sec­ond quar­ter, but the Vik­ing de­fense helped the turnover come to naught. Mo­ments later, a Kent County fum­ble re­cov­ered by Cam­bridge-SD’s Dario Belizaire led to Henry’s third pass­ing score, an 8-yarder to Davon Lin­der which made it 20-0 with 4:29 to go in the half.

Kent County had to punt on the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, but it was blocked and re­turned to the Tro­jans’ 1-yard line. Kha­lik Beasley made it 27-0 with a quick strike from there, with 2:44 to go in the half.

De­spite the deficit, the Tro­jans came out and marched down­field af­ter half­time, cov­er­ing more than half of it on four plays. A fourth-and-9 pass from Golds­bor­ough to Tay­lor L yons, from 37 yards away, put the vis­i­tors on the board, though the con­ver­sion failed, mak­ing it 27-6 less than 90 sec­onds into the third pe­riod.

But Cam­bridge-SD an­swered on the en­su­ing drive, a Beasley 38-yard run set­ting up first-and-goal from the Tro­jans’ 7-yard line. Beasley got the call again on the next snap, and took it in to make it 34-6.

Mo­ments later, an­other Tro­jan mis­cue led to Cam­bridge-SD points; the en­su­ing kick­off was fum­bled, and Cam­bridge-SD re­cov­ered 12 yards from an­other score.

It took Cam­ren Lake one run to make it count, his score mak­ing it 40-6.

The PAT snap a mo­ment later was no good, but se­nior holder Lo­gan Mid­dle­ton dashed to his right and hit Lin­der in the back of the end zone for the 2-point con­ver­sion, start­ing the run­ning clock with 9:01 to go in the third.

“It was just a good night for us all-around,” Henry said. “We played great on of­fense, on de­fense, ev­ery­where. The guys re­ally worked to­gether.”

The Tro­jan quar­ter­back stopped the run­ning clock on the first play of the fourth quar­ter, though, his 8-yard keeper mak­ing it 4213 with the PAT.

“I am proud of how they didn’t quit. They just con­tin­ued to fight un­til the end,” Boyle said. “They kept go­ing.”

A Ty Wil­son score made it 42-19 a few min­utes later, but two scores by Cam­bridgeSD — an En­nals touch­down run, and Kanye Pin­der’s 28yard score on fourth down on a busted play as time ran out — turned the run­ning clock back on for the fi­nal minute.

Ahead 54-19, Cam­bridgeSD let the clock ex­pire un­der the 35-point rule.

Cam­bridge-SD, its reg­u­lar-sea­son home sched­ule com­plete, fin­ishes at Snow Hill Fri­day at 6 p.m., then plays at Eas­ton on Nov. 2. Kent County hosts Wash­ing­ton at 6:30 p.m. Fri­day, and wraps up the reg­u­lar sea­son at home against Park­side.

PHOTO BY DAVID INS­LEY

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester ju­nior quar­ter­back John Henry (10) threw for three first-half touch­downs Fri­day as the Vik­ings de­feated Kent County, 54-19.

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