C-SD hammers Washington HS, 55-12

PRINCESS ANNE — The Cambridge-South Dorchester High School varsity football team won their fifth straight game Friday, beating Washington High School. The Vikings’ record on the season advanced to 5-1, with the Jaguars falling to 0-5.

The evening got off to a heartwarming start, with an untimed play. Washington running back Darnell White, who has special needs, took his place in the backfield, was handed the ball and took it through the Vikings’ defense for a touchdown as the crowd cheered him.

Once the game started, look at it this way: The previous week, C-SD beat Nandua, 49-18. On Sept. 6, Nandua had beaten Washington, 40-6, so a Vikings victory was expected.

But someone in the bleachers might not have sensed any of that, at least on the first drive of the game, when the Jags moved the ball 70 yards on a nice drive to score the first points of the contest. However, C-SD followed that with 35 unanswered points, making it 35-6 by the middle of the second quarter.

The Jaguars generated some excitement for their Homecoming crowd when punter Nazir Spence didn’t kick, but went around one end and raced 60 yards for a score to make it 25-12 with about half a minute to go in the first half.

There was still one more surprising play left in the second quarter, though — a Washington fumble was scooped up by K.J. Dockins, who took the ball into the end zone to make it 42-12 at the half.

As the third quarter progressed, C-SD Head Coach Gaven Parker continued a practice he has become known for, making sure his backup players get some time on the field whenever possible. Kanye Pinder took over quarterback duties from John Henry, joined in the backfield by running backs Kanye Pinder and Tayon Fletcher, who picked up good experience on the turf.

The game had another notable aspect, surely the only one of the evening across the Bayside that featured a female player on each team. Isabelle Reynolds for the Vikings and Elizabeth Zentgraf for the Jaguars not only both play on the lines of their respective teams, but were on the field at the time in the third quarter.

A couple more TDs in the third quarter were capped off by a trot across the goal line by Mikel White, to bring the final score to 55-12.

On Oct. 18, the Vikings will be at home, versus the Kent County Trojans. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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