Lions-Clip­pers on Satur­day is Bay­side’s big­gest game

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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.

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