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three plays as a de­fen­sive back.

Kent Is­land used a 51-yard drive to score the game’s first points with 36 sec­onds re­main­ing in the first quar­ter. On thir­dand 13, Burn­side con­nected with Thomas on a fly along the home side­line for a 43-yard pass re­cep­tion to the Rams’ 11. Park­side’s de­fense held and the Bucs set­tled for Joe Gar­vey’s 26-yard field goal. Gar­vey had missed a 37-yard field goal to end the Bucs’ first pos­ses­sion.

Park­side quickly coun­tered. On se­cond-and-4, Hall burst through a big hole at the line on a counter left and sprinted un­touched down the left side of the field for his 48-yard TD. Carter’s ex­tra-point put the Rams ahead 7-3 with 11:50 to go in the se­cond quar­ter.

Kent Is­land’s de­fense gave the Bucs their lead back. Park­side quar­ter­back Makai Smi­ley was tack­led from be­hind by de­fen­sive line­man Floyd But­ler and Taquan Court­ney re­cov­ered the ball in the end zone for a 9-7 Bucs lead. Gar­vey kicked the ex­tra-point to make it 10-7 with 8:42 left in the se­cond quar­ter.

Kent Is­land then re­cov­ered a fum­ble on the Rams’ next play from scrim­mage, tak­ing pos­ses­sion on Park­side’s 15. But the Bucs couldn’t cap­i­tal­ize, los­ing 10 yards in four plays.

A punt by Court­ney later pinned Park­side back on its own 2-yard line with 3:46 left in the se­cond quar­ter. Three run­ning plays gave the Rams a first down, and on a sec­on­dand-5 from the 20, Yarns ran with the ball off left tackle and sped past de­fend­ers for his 80yard TD. Carter’s kick put the Rams up 14-10 with 1:35 left in the half.

Af­ter a score­less third quar­ter, the Rams put to­gether what turned out to be their game-winning drive. Bi­vans, run­ning in a wish­bone for­ma­tion with Mike Collins and De­vian White, gained all but two yards of the 45-yard drive on the same off right-tackle play. His big­gest gain was a 27-yard carry when he bounced out­side to the Bucs’ 11.

“We were ready to be phys­i­cal at the point of at­tack and that was a good thing,” Rams head coach Bren­dan Ri­ley said. “We had some stupid penal­ties which hurt us, but the kids bat­tled, came back, and did a nice job. It was awe­some.”

Park­side’s de­fense held Kent Is­land to 35 rush­ing yards on 34 car­ries. Burn­side con­nected on 10 of 24 passes with one in­ter­cep­tion.

“We had trou­ble run­ning the foot­ball,” Bucs head coach Damian Fer­rag­amo said. “The first half we re­ally couldn’t get any­thing go­ing of­fen­sively. We got the ball inside the 10 I be­lieve three times and came away with three points out of it. They had two big plays against us, the one at the end of the first half was a lit­tle bit of a dag­ger for us. But they’re a good foot­ball team. We knew it com­ing in. We weren’t ex­pect­ing it to be easy. I think some peo­ple kind of get wrapped up in the past all the time. We were not one of those peo­ple to get wrapped up in the past. What­ever hap­pened in pre­vi­ous years has ab­so­lutely noth­ing to do with what’s go­ing on this year.

“We lost a foot­ball game. That’s the re­al­ity of it,” Fer­rag­amo added. “Now we have to make sure that we go on Mon­day and pre­pare for a tough (Wi­comico) team that may be one of the most tal­ented teams in the Bay­side.”

The Rams gained 297 yards on the ground on 46 car­ries. They did not have any pass­ing yards.

Kent Is­land had won 10 straight over the Rams. The two teams did not play each other in 2007.

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PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Kent Is­land High head coach Pa­trick Hop­kins talks to his play­ers dur­ing a break in the ac­tion Tues­day even­ing on Hyde Court in Cen­tre­ville.

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