Lions-Clippers on Saturday is Bayside’s biggest game
Time is running out for a lot of Bayside Conference football teams, if they want to push their way into the playoffs a month from now.
It almost ran out on me this weekend in terms of getting this preview written, thanks to the wonder that is the Fall Stomach Bug.
Usually written Monday morning or even on Sunday, this week’s didn’t get done until nearly dusk Monday. In newspaper-deadline time, that’s like 11 years.
The Bug can really be a mess sometimes. There’s no combination quite as perplexing in the human existence as experiencing hunger and nausea simultaneously. I certainly hope it ends soon.
Other things are likely coming to an end this week as well, including the playoff hopes of a few local high school football teams. Mathematically, Snow Hill and Washington are still alive in the Class 1A East playoff hunt; losses this week end those dreams.
Easton and Stephen Decatur will fight to see whose hopes remain on life support. Realistically, neither of the four teams I just named has a realistic chance at the playoffs, but math is math.
Queen Anne’s County plays in a big, big contest on the road Saturday.
Visiting James M. Bennett for a noon game at the Shipyard, the Lions are 3-3 and have improved, winning back-to-back games after a 1-3 start. A loss Saturday will probably do it for their playoff chances, though, especially if teams like Parkside, Kent Island, and Elkton, below unbeaten North Caroline, and Harford Tech keep playing well.
Parkside lost to Bennett last week, and to North Caroline in Week 2, but looks to be on track for a third or fourth seed. The Rams visit Snow Hill in a game which will probably feature a running second-half clock.
Colonel Richardson, trying to keep pace with Cambridge-South Dorchester in the 1A East (as things stand right now, Colonel’s a three-seed and would visit C-SD in the first playoff round), makes the long trip to Onley, Va., to take on Nandua. The Colonels are still somewhat under the radar — heck, whoever was giving away Tootsie Rolls for their game at Kent County last week referred to them on stickers added to the candies as the “Cornells.”
“Hey, every time somebody gets our name wrong, we win,” Colonel head coach Dan Mangum said. “Arcadia did it to us, too. I hope nobody gets our name right from now on.”
Last year, Colonel visited the Firebirds, and the announcer at the game (at Arcadia High in Oak Hall, Va., about 10 minutes south of Pocomoke City) referred to Colonel as the Cavaliers, probably due to the crossed-swords emblem on the team’s helmets.
The “Cavaliers” won 35-8 in their meeting last year.
C-SD, in its turn, will have its hands full at Wicomico on Friday night. The Indians have vastly improved since a four-touchdown shellacking at North Caroline opening night.
While the Vikings-Indians game has a chance of being a great contest, I still think Lions-Clippers is the biggest game of the week, at least in terms of the consequences on winning (and losing).
There are games in Accomack (Va.), Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Enjoy!
Friday’s Games Col. Richardson (4-2) at Nandua, Va. (3-4)
Let’s hope game between Colonel and a team from the Eastern Shore of Virginia doesn’t take 3 hours, 17 minutes, like Week 5’s 68-31 Colonel-Arcadia track meet.
North Caroline (6-0) at Kent County (2-4)
As with the Easton game, the Bulldogs’ opponent will give them a fight, but I think the end result will still favor the unbeaten team.
Cambridge-SD (4-2) at Wicomico (4-2)
This could be the Game of the Week if both teams play the way they’re capable. Going home team here, though no outcome would surprise me.