Vikings fall to Warriors in 1A Regional final

HAVRE DE GRACE — The 2015 football season came to an end Friday for Cambridge-South Dorchester, when the Vikings fell to the Havre de Grace Warriors, 26-22. In a hard-fought game between two evenly matched teams, there were four lead changes, with the winning score coming with less than two minutes remaining.

The loss prevented the Vikings from winning the regional title for the third straight year. They finished the season with a record of 9-3.

The Vikings had the ball and the lead, 22-19, with less than four minutes left in the game. A couple of first downs could have meant maintaining possession and earning the win, but the visitors were unable to convert, and had to punt at the 3:27 mark of the fourth quarter.

Six plays and 24 yards later, Warriors’ quarterback Mike Flosser completed a 31-yard throw to Isaiah Jackson for the go-ahead points.

The Vikings were hampered by the loss to injury during the game of defensive standouts Kairon Nichols and Brandon Tibbs.

Through the season, the team largely overcame early-season doubts regarding its youth – they had graduated 33 players. On Friday, they also cleaned up their play, with only three penalties for 15 yards.

Scoring got off to a slow start, as both defenses dug in their heels. The first points came halfway through the quarter when Havre de Grace’s Flosser began the way he would finish, with a throw to Jackson.

With 26 seconds left in the half, Tre’ Lake put C-SD on the board, and then gave them the lead with a successful 2-point conversion.

The third quarter began with the score 8-7 in favor of the Vikes. The Warriors answered with two throws to Josh Penn. The home team tried 2-point conversions, failing on both, as Kairon Nichols intercepted the first and the second fell incomplete, to leave the score at 19-15 in favor of the Warriors.

C-SD came back with a 12-play, 91-yard drive, ending with a throw to Dre Greene with 7:48 left, making it 22-19.

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