Re­gion­als see an old and a new face

Bull­dogs, Clip­pers sur­vive into sec­ond play­off round

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Af­ter its tough­est fight of the sea­son to date, North Caro­line High’s un­beaten foot­ball team has re­turned to fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory: the sec­ond round of the play­offs.

For the third time in four sea­sons, the Bull­dogs are in the Class 2A East Re­gion fi­nal, and once more, they’ll be fac­ing Elk­ton.

Three years ago, the Bull­dogs de­feated Elk­ton by three scores, tak­ing the 2A East ti­tle en route to the pro­gram’s first state tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance.

The fol­low­ing Novem­ber, the Golden Elks avenged that de­feat with a 33-20 vic­tory, again in the 2A East ti­tle game.

A po­ten­tial third meet­ing never ma­te­ri­al­ized last year, as Elk­ton lost in the semi­fi­nals to Har­ford Tech, while the Bull­dogs fell in over­time to a Kent Is­land team it had beaten just a fort­night be­fore.

It’s on for 2018, how­ever.

North Caro­line (11-0) out­lasted Park­side on Satur­day night, while the Elks held on for a one-score win. Fri­day night’s 2A East ti­tle game should be one for the ages, as each team ba­si­cally had to beat the best op­po­nent they’ve seen all year to ad­vance.

A 20-0 loser at home against the Bull­dogs in Week 2, Park­side traded touch­downs Satur­day un­til top-seeded North Caro­line turned two Ram turnovers into 14 points late in the sec­ond quar­ter as part of a 41-27.

The 27 points scored by the Rams (8-3) ac­counts for al­most a third of what the Bull­dogs al­lowed all year, and is nearly three times what Caro­line’s first-team de­fense al­lowed (10) in 10 weeks of reg­u­lar-sea­son play.

Elk­ton played a much lower-scor­ing game against Tech, but pre­vailed, 21-14, to de­throne the de­fend­ing re­gional champs.

In the Class 3A East semi­fi­nals, a new face has made an ap­pear­ance af­ter a long post­sea­son hia­tus: James M. Ben­nett.

Un­til Fri­day, no Bay­side Con­fer­ence team had won a Class 3A play­off. What’s more, Ben­nett hadn’t ad­vanced in the post­sea­son since 1990, ac­cord­ing to head coach Glenn Gib­son.

The Clip­pers, loaded with weapons on of­fense, de­fense, and spe­cial teams, opened a 14-0 first-quar­ter lead and never looked back, de­feat­ing Long Reach, 4114. Now, Ben­nett moves on to host Ch­e­sa­peake from Anne Arun­del County.

Ch­e­sa­peake has had an in­ter­est­ing last two weeks. Los­ing at home to North­east-Anne Arun­del 28-27 in the teams’ reg­u­larsea­son fi­nale, the Cougars hosted the Ea­gles again in the open­ing round of the play­offs and won, 38-13, ad­vanc­ing to the re­gional fi­nal Fri­day at 7 p.m. in Sal­is­bury.

In the 1A East play­offs, the Bay­side teams didn’t do nearly as well. No. 2 seed Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester, in its fifth meet­ing with Per­ryville in eight sea­sons, scored early, but then gave up five unan­swered scores

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