C-SD Vikings fall to North Caroline Bulldogs, 20-14

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Special to Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Cambridge-South Dorchester High School Vikings rumbled onto the field Friday for their 2015 home opener, against North Caroline High School. The Bulldogs won, 20-14.

CAMBRIDGE — Sometimes it’s about points, and sometimes it’s about mistakes. For the Cambridge-South Dorchester High School Vikings on Friday, there were a few too many miscues for a victory.

The Vikings fell 20-14 to the North Caroline High School Bulldogs, coming off a 48-12 drubbing of the Easton Warriors in the previous week. The game was C-SD’s home opener, the Vikings having beaten Wi-Hi in convincing style in their first game, 35-7.

The contest got off to a promising start for the home team, after the Bulldogs’ first drive ended with a punt. On the Vikes’ second play from scrimmage, quarterback Nate Lowe broke free for a 75-yard romp, ending with the game’s first touchdown.

The visitors responded with a touchdown on their second possession, leaving it tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter. C-SD had the ball and was driving as the period ended – on the opening play of the second quarter, Tre Lake scored on a five-yard run.

The score stayed 14-7 in favor of the Vikings through the rest of the half, until the last play. The Bulldogs’ quarterback heaved a bomb to the goal line, and a player from each team came down with the ball in the end zone.

After an officials’ conference, it was decided that the Bulldogs’ Rodney Thomas had possession, tying the score at 14-14.

In the third quarter, C-SD recovered a fumble at the NC 31, with 5:15 left in the period. In a closely fought game, it would prove to be a pivotal drive.

Emory Wongus fought for a first down, and the Vikings were moving. Then as Jake Morris brought the ball inside the NC 15-yard line, when defender David Bailey stripped it and the Bulldogs recovered.

A few plays later on second and goal, Bailey scored. Following a missed extra point, the score was 20-14.
The Vikings had the ball late in the game, but on their final drive, penalties pushed them back and a fumble with 12 seconds left sealed the deal.

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

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