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