NC caps 10-0 reg­u­lar sea­son

Bild­stein scores three TDs in rout of county ri­val CR

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­

AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — North Caro­line com­pleted its se­cond straight 10-0 reg­u­lar sea­son and third un­de­feated reg­u­lar sea­son in four years. The Bull­dogs are the No. 1 seed in the Class 2A East Re­gion and will host Park­side (8-2) in a semi­fi­nal next week­end.

AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — Thank­fully,

“The Purge” chill­ing an­nounce­ment here was fic­tional Fri­day evening. Van­dal­ism, mur­der, ar­son, and theft were not per­mit­ted. Al­though North Caro­line High’s Will Man­ship did steal a pass and the Bull­dogs de­liv­ered a thor­ough beat­ing upon their county ri­vals.

Joey Bild­stein ran for three touch­downs, Ken­dron Way­man scored on a blocked punt re­turn, and Mon­treyse Deshields caught a 50-yard touch­down pass from re­serve quar­ter­back Wy­att LaClair dur­ing a 48-7 vic­tory by the Bull­dogs over Colonel Richard­son to end the reg­u­lar sea­son.

North Caro­line com­pleted its se­cond straight 10-0 reg­u­lar sea­son and third un­de­feated reg­u­lar sea­son in four years. The Bull­dogs are the No. 1 seed in the Class 2A East Re­gion and will host Park­side (8-2) in a semi­fi­nal next week­end.

De­spite the set­back, the Colonels were not purged from post­sea­son play. Fin­ish­ing 5-5, they are the fourth seed in the 1A East play­offs and will travel to top seed Havre de Grace for a semi­fi­nal.

North Caro­line’s de­fense men­aced Colonel Richard­son quar­ter­back Jackie Ze­bron all evening and only al­lowed one touch­down with re­serves on the field in the fi­nal quar­ter.

Colonel Richard­son’s de­fense opened the game when Dakota Wil­son sacked North Caro­line quar­ter­back Casey Byrd for a 10yard loss, and the Bull­dogs lost yardage on their first pos­ses­sion. But North Caro­line wasn’t stopped again.

Man­ship in­ter­cepted a pass by Colonel’s Tyler Stanley on a thir­dand-14 and two plays later North Caro­line be­gan a streak of 40 unan­swered points.

“The same thing hap­pened last year,” Bild­stein said. “We sput­tered a lit­tle bit, but you just stay the path. We know our of­fense. We know we just have to tough it out and keep rolling with our stuff and even­tu­ally we’re go­ing to break one. It’s just when.”

Bild­stein broke through the line off right tackle and raced down­field, shed­ding a tack­ler at the 10, and rolled into the end zone for a 39-yard touch­down run with 6 min­utes, 49 sec­onds left in the first quar­ter. Man­ship’s ex­tra-point try sailed wide left.

After a pro­duc­tive but point­less 10-play drive by the Colonels, North Caro­line went 85 yards on six plays for a 12-0 lead at the end of the quar­ter. With a light rain fall­ing,

Byrd (3 for 3, 116 yards) con­nected with Tucker Stevens for 24 yards and Ja­son Brown for 32 yards. Bild­stein capped the drive with a 4-yard TD run around the left end. A two­point try on the ground failed.

Rhian Sil­s­ley sacked Ze­bron for a 10-yard loss and, with rain fall­ing harder, a short pass at­tempt failed on third-and-21 to force a Colonel punt. North Caro­line then went 45 yards for its third touch­down, be­gin­ning with an 18-yard run by Byrd on a sweep right. A hard count by Byrd later drew the Colonels off­side on fourth-and-1. On the next play, Man­ship swept right and cut up­field for a 14-yard touch­down carry. His ex­tra point made it 19-0 with 6:23 left in the half.

Colonel pro­duced three first downs dur­ing its next pos­ses­sion but a hold­ing penalty de­railed the drive. The Bull­dogs scored 14 points in the fi­nal 1:38 of the half to take a 33-0 lead into the break.

With two re­ceivers split wide left, Byrd con­nected with Stevens on a short pass and he raced up­field for 60 yards, set­ting up a short TD run by Bild­stein with 1:18 re­main­ing.

North Caro­line’s de­fense and three time­outs by the Bull­dogs forced Colonel to punt with 39 sec­onds left in the half. Hunter Healy blocked the kick and Way­man scooped it up and scored. Man­ship’s kick was good.

LaClair hit Deshields in stride cross­ing the field for their 50-yard touch­down con­nec­tion with 7:31 left in the third quar­ter, putting the run­ning clock in mo­tion. Man­ship’s kick made it 40-0.

LaClair and other tal­ented un­der­class­men fore­shadow what could be an­other suc­cess­ful sea­son for the Bull­dogs next sea­son.

“A lot of our first-team kids are un­der­class­men,” Bull­dogs head coach James McCormick said. “We’ve got a good group of kids. We’ve got good depth. We can put 30 kids on the field at any given time and let them play and feel pretty com­fort­able about it. I think that’s helped us out a lot this sea­son.

“We’ve had an op­por­tu­nity to get a lot of kids play­ing time, mean­ing­ful play­ing time, and that’s im­por­tant, so the depth hope­fully will help us in the play­offs,” McCormick con­tin­ued. “But we know from first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence that you can’t have bad games in the play­offs. We’ve got to be sharp; we have to be at the top of our game.”

Con­tin­u­ing their ground at­tack, but now against de­fen­sive reser ves, the Colonels marched 71 yards on 15 plays for their only touch­down. Jor­dan Gabriel pow­ered into the end zone with push from his of­fen­sive line from two yards on a fourth-and-goal. Remy Mangum kicked the ex­tra-point.

After an un­suc­cess­ful on­side kick, North Caro­line went 50 yards on six plays to end the scor­ing. Zamir Den­nis car­ried into the end zone un­touched from four yards, and Sil­s­ley ran for two points.

North Caro­line de­feated Park­side 20-0 in both teams’ sea­sonopener.

“Twenty to noth­ing in a rain­storm. We def­i­nitely should have im­proved a lot, but they’re go­ing to be a good test. They’re a good team,” Bild­stein said.

“We’ve been 38 and 2 the last four years reg­u­lar sea­son. We’ve just got to do a lit­tle bit bet­ter in the play­offs,” McCormick said. “... [Park­side is] big and phys­i­cal. They’re not fancy with what they do. They’re go­ing to come at you, so we’re go­ing to have to play phys­i­cal. We’re go­ing to have to be sharp, not make mis­takes, and hope­fully they make a cou­ple mis­takes and give us op­por­tu­ni­ties.”


North Caro­line High run­ning back Joey Bild­stein (3) fol­lows block­ers in­clud­ing Will Man­ship (2) and Ryan Blunt (71) on his way to a 4-yard touch­down run to end the first quar­ter Fri­day evening against Colonel Richard­son. Look­ing on is North Caro­line quar­ter­back Casey Byrd.

Colonel Richard­son High’s Dakota Wil­son sacks North Caro­line quar­ter­back Casey Byrd dur­ing the first quar­ter Fri­day evening.

North Caro­line High de­fend­ers Brendin Gestole (75), Carl­ton John­son (48), Savion Blake (10), and Will Man­ship (2) gang up to tackle Colonel Richard­son’s Ma­son Lam­bert dur­ing the first half Fri­day evening.


Colonel Richard­son High run­ning back Tyler Stanley looks for run­ning room in the mid­dle of the field Fri­day evening against North Caro­line.

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