Bulldogs cruise over Vikings
Score on eight of nine possessions to stay unbeaten
CAMBRIDGE — North Caroline High’s girls’ soccer team cruised to a 7-1 victory over Cambridge-South Dorchester Thursday, Oct. 11.
Five different Bulldogs scored, with Alexa Lawton and Sarah Ferkler each tallying two goals. Corinne Webb, Tanya Haro and Hailey Chester also added scores.
WORTON — After four scoring opportunities literally slipped out of its hands inside the 20-yard line the week before, and with a potential fourth straight postseason berth on the horizon, North Caroline High’s football team was looking to tidy itself up Friday.
The Bulldogs cleaned up quite nicely on this crisp, early autumn evening, producing perhaps their most efficient performance of the season with touchdown drives on all but one of their nine possessions en route to a 55-7 victory over Kent County.
“We just told our guys, ‘We’re playing good on defense. We need to keep that up,’” North Caroline head coach James McCormick said after his team improved to 7-0. “‘And we need to execute on offense. No stupid penalties. No dumb decisions. We had a lot of those last week. Just clean it up. Play hard. Play fast.”
The Bulldogs pretty much covered all that. North Caroline scored on all seven of its first-half possessions, building a 20-0 firstquarter lead, then fattening it to 48-0 by halftime. The Bulldogs amassed 302 yards in first-half offense — 290 of that coming on the ground — had touchdown runs from five different players, and converted all three of its third-down conversions.
“That was one thing; get on them quick and try to lock it down. Don’t give them an opportunity to play with us,” McCormick said. “I thought our guys did that. We jumped out (20-0) first quarter and I thought that kind of set the tone.”
The tone set by North Caroline’s defense was just as impressive, if not more punishing, as it held the Trojans (2-5) to 31 yards rushing and a 33-yard pass completion in the first half. Kent County converted just once on seven third-down opportunities in the first half, had five of seven possessions end with punts, and watched quarterback Thomas Goldsborough get sacked four times, including getting clobbered three times by Rhian Silsley for losses of 24 yards in the opening 24 minutes.
“I told him, ‘You got to stop. You got to stop,’” North Caroline defensive tackle/end Savion Blake said of Silsley. “‘You’re going to get arrested out here.’”
“That kid, number three, is a tough, tough kid,” McCormick said of Goldsborough. “He took some shots tonight, kept getting up and competing.
“Our defense has been playing great all year and tonight was no exception,” said McCormick, who sat the bulk of his first-string defense and offense in the second half. “It was a good opportunity for us to get some other kids on the field and get them a lot of playing time.”
North Caroline’s first possession started on Kent County’s 41-yard line and ended three plays later with Ryan Bauer crashing into the end zone on a 7-yard touchdown run. The first of Will Manship’s five point-after kicks made it 7-0 a little more than two minutes into the game.
Goldsborough fumbled the snap on the Trojans’ ensuing possession. Caroline recovered at the Kent 12 and capitalized with Joey Bildstein (6 carries, 119 yards rushing) slanting through the left side of the line for a 5-yard touchdown run. Manship’s 5-yard scoring run made it 20-0 with 3:26 left in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs steadily stretched their cushion from there. Montreyse Deshields (5-56) was sprung for a 30yard touchdown run before Blake’s 18-yard scoring run. Bildstein’s 73-yard run set up his 2-yard touchdown run. Deshields’ 3-yard touchdown run and Manship’s extra point made it 48-0 at the break.
North Caroline made it eight touchdowns on eight possessions, when Blake (786) scored on a 25-yard run to open the second half.
“We needed to work harder this week, put points on the board,” Blake said. “The 14 against Easton (the week before), it was all right, but not enough. I can sleep well tonight.”
Kent County avoided a shutout when Corey Robinson (16-59) scored on a 20yard run 45 seconds into the fourth quarter. Drue Walters added the extra point.
“I thought we were a lot cleaner,” McCormick said. “It was a little bit of a different look for us but I thought we were clean. I thought we executed well.”
The only possession North Caroline didn’t score on was its last, as backup quarterback Wyatt LaClair took a knee at midfield.
North Caroline’s Jason Brown (12) hauls in Casey Byrd’s two-point conversion pass during the second quarter of Friday night’s 55-7 victory over Kent County.