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