NC caps 10-0 regular season
Bildstein scores three TDs in rout of county rival CR
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.