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North Caro­line 45 Cam­bridge-SD 6

RIDGELY — “Some nights, you’re the ham­mer, and some nights, you’re the nail. Tonight, we were the nail.” That’s how Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High head foot­ball coach Gaven Parker de­scribed his team’s 45-6 loss at North Caro­line on Wed­nes­day night, as five dif­fer­ent Bull­dog play­ers run for touch­downs.

North Caro­line (3-0) gets a rare eight-day break be­tween games be­fore host­ing Queen Anne’s County at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 21. C-SD (12) will use that time to pre­pare for the ar­rival of Colonel Richard­son, which is sched­uled to host Wi­comico tonight at 6 p.m.

“We just didn’t ex­e­cute,” said Parker, whose team ran 20 firsthalf plays for 22 net yards. “North Caro­line’s a very good team. They’re strong, they’re fast, they’re dis­ci­plined, and they’re well-coached. And when you don’t ex­e­cute, and they’re do­ing a lot of things right to pre­vent that, we’re not do­ing well.

“We stole a win (23-22, in Week 1) from Queen Anne’s,” Parker said, “and re­ally, I think that game, the way we played, was a more ac­cu­rate look of the kind of team we are. But for the last two weeks, los­ing to Wood­bridge (Del., 49-20 last week) and now to North Caro­line, we had

wanted to be able to com­pete with the 2A and 3A teams, but we don’t look like we’re there right now.”

The Bull­dogs opened with a first-drive score, a 21-yard scam­per by Will Man­ship. The ju­nior run­ning back, who’s also the team’s place-kicker, banged through the point-af­ter kick to make it 7-0, with 9 min­utes, 53 sec­onds to go, cap­ping a seven-play, 65-yard drive punc­tu­ated by three Joey Bild­stein runs of 10 yards or more.

Man­ship struck again on North Caro­line’s next drive, this time from five yards out, to make it 14-0 four min­utes later. Quar­ter­back Casey Byrd, cut­ting to his right on a pass play, kept the ball on the next Bull­dog pos­ses­sion and took it 57 yards. Man­ship missed that PAT, mak­ing the score 20-0 af­ter one quar­ter.

The Vik­ing of­fense, mean­while, sput­tered, and man­aged just three first downs be­fore half­time. Miss­ing Kha­lik Beasley, who had to sit due to an ejec­tion the pre­vi­ous week, and an in­jured Shamar Young, from the back­field didn’t help Cam­bridge-SD’s prospects.

Three first-half sacks, and four tack­les-for-loss by the Bull­dogs helped hold C-SD to 11 first-half rush­ing yards. Se­nior quar­ter­back Jyquan Far­rare threw three passes be­fore half­time; two were caught, for 11 yards, but one counted for a loss of three.

What worked so well for the Bull­dogs on of­fense?

“I can’t re­ally say that we had an of­fen­sive plan,” Bull­dogs head coach James McCormick said with a laugh. “We didn’t re­ally have much chance to prac­tice a whole lot, with the game be­ing moved up be­cause of (Hurricane Florence).

“But the kids got af­ter it, and they ex­e­cuted,” McCormick added. “I had said be­fore the sea­son that we’ve got some gutsy run­ning backs, kids who won’t back down from any­body, and they cer­tainly didn’t tonight.”

North Caro­line had 206 yards on the ground by half­time. Byrd had 75 on two car­ries, Man­ship had 89, and Bild­stein added 35. The Bull­dogs fin­ished with 356 yards rush­ing, while Byrd com­pleted 2 of 6 for 42 yards.

In the sec­ond quar­ter, Ryan Bauer ran for a 1-yard score. Byrd was sacked on the two-point pass at­tempt. Man­ship got his third score with 41 sec­onds to go be­fore the break, on a 2-yard run. His point-af­ter kick made it 33-0.

C-SD got on the board just over four mnutes into the third quar­ter when fresh­man Kanye Pin­der scooped up a Bull­dog fum­ble and took it 57 yards for a score. A missed PAT made the score 33-6.

But North Caro­line got the points back a few snaps later, af­ter J.B. Brown’s 40yard kick­off re­turn gave the Bull­dogs pos­ses­sion at the Vik­ings’ 30. Tren­ton Hil­lard’s 3-yard touch­down run made it 39-6. Hil­lard came a yard away from start­ing the run­ning clock on the two­point con­ver­sion run when he was stopped by a host of Vik­ing de­fend­ers.

North Caro­line got the slaugh­ter clock 90 sec­onds into the fourth quar­ter on a 63-yard dash down the left side­line by Mon­treyse Deshields, which made it 45-6.

C-SD, with 61 yards on the ground un­til the fi­nal five min­utes, got a 67-yard run by Lo­gan Mid­dle­ton, but it was called back on a hold­ing penalty. The vis­i­tors fin­ished with 77 yards on the ground, while Far­rare and backup John Henry com­bined for 40 yards by air.

Notes: The game was moved from Sept. 14 due to con­cerns that Hurricane Florence. With south­ern Dorch­ester County, whose high­est point of el­e­va­tion is less than 60 feet be­low sea level, al­ready ex­pe­ri­enc­ing flood­ing due to heavy rains and non-hurricane-re­lated tidal con­di­tions, C-SD, des­ig­nated an evac­u­a­tion shel­ter in hur­ri­canes, would have to close if Florence made things worse, and as a re­sult, af­ter­school ac­tiv­i­ties such as foot­ball might also have been wiped out Fri­day and be­yond . ... Bild­stein fin­ished with 107 yards on 10 touches, while Man­ship wrapped up his night with 89 on eight.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Caro­line run­ning back Will Man­ship (2) bolts through a hole cre­ated by Jared Bo­rawski (66) and Dy­lan Bunce (51) for a 21-yard touch­down Wed­nes­day against Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Caro­line cen­ter JoJo Ward (50) pro­tects quar­ter­back Casey Byrd (1) on a pass­ing play Wed­nes­day against Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester.

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