Vikings beat Fallston, head to Final 8

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Defensive back Kanye Pinder and Assistant Coach Eric Otey slapped a very high five, celebrating Pinder’s third-quarter interception.

CAMBRIDGE – The Cambridge-South Dorchester High School football Vikings (9-2) earned a convincing victory Friday, beating Fallston 48-14 in the second round of the Maryland 1A playoffs. On Nov. 22, Head Coach Gaven Parker’s men will play the 7-4 Perryville Panthers at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, a neutral site, in the third round.

That level is the Final 8, and will put the Vikings three games away from the state championship.

The Vikings went up early on Friday, ending the first quarter ahead 21-0, after TD throws by quarterback John Henry to running back Malik Ennals and a pair of scores by wide receiver Logan Middleton. That second trip across the goal line by Middleton was his 10th of the season, tying the school record set by former tight end and head coach Jake Coleman.

The Vikes were ahead throughout the game, with their usual strong running, led by senior Khalik Beasley’s 159 yards. Beasley earned a TD of his own, as did his fellow back Camren Lake. Ennals added another touchdown in the second quarter.

Special teams have been reliable this season, both on coverage and scoring. Kicker James Frazier was 6 for 7 on extra points.

The defense wasn’t to be left out of the scoring, either – Donald Banks scooped up a Fallston fumble and ran for a touchdown halfway through the third quarter.

The Cougars were forced to rely on the pass, as they worked to score quickly and catch up to the home team. But a tough Viking defensive line and the sticky hands of defensive backs shut down Fallston’s hopes.

Beasley had two picks, and sophomores Kanye Pinder and Dario Belizaire each had one. Camren Lake was credited with a pass defended, and lineman Ira Nichols had two, adding to Fallston’s woes.

Leading the Vikings in tackles was K.J. Dockins, with six, followed by: Malik Ennals and Jay’zon Roberts, five each; Ira Nichols, four; Dario Belizaire and Camren Lake, three each; Donald Banks and Dillon Meekins, two each; and Khalik Beasley and Noah Pressley, one each.

Beasley led the offense with 171 total yards. Logan Middleton racked up 138 yards in receptions, while QB John Henry went 8 of 12 for 180 yards in pass completions.

The location of the game against Perryville has not yet been announced.

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