Vikings struggle for 15-6 win over Trojans

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan Vikings running back Khalik Beasley (1), was C-SD’s leading rusher in their Friday home game against Kent County. Beasley scored two touchdowns in the game. Behind Beasley are Kanye Pinder (2), Shamar Young (3) and Noah Presley (66).

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Vikings running back Khalik Beasley (1), was C-SD’s leading rusher in their Friday home game against Kent County. Beasley scored two touchdowns in the game. Behind Beasley are Kanye Pinder (2), Shamar Young (3) and Noah Presley (66).

CAMBRIDGE – You can’t always judge a team by its record.

The Kent County Trojans came into Friday’s game at Cambridge-South Dorchester with a record of 2-5, but they didn’t play like a team with a losing record and fading playoff hopes. In fact, they gave the Vikings just about all they could handle until the fourth quarter, when C-SD pulled ahead with two scores.

On the last play of the game, the Trojans ran back a kickoff to tally their only points. With the clock showing triple zeros, there was no extra point attempt.
The Vikings’ record climbed to 5-3 after the win, as they prepare for this week’s away game at winless Snow Hill.

The first half saw little offense from either team, as defenses seemed prepared for their job. Kent’s coaches must have seen some film from the Vikings’ previous game, a loss at Wicomico.

Both teams prevented the Vikings’ speedy running backs from getting around the corner in the open field, where they have racked up long scoring runs all season. With opposing linebackers stringing out the ball carriers, it sometimes looked like a race to the sidelines, a contest the defense always wins.

Then in the third quarter, the Vikings brought out their Vegas package on offense, a formation in which there is no quarterback on the field. A running back takes a direct snap, as four blockers, also in the backfield, lead him to the line of scrimmage.

Each blocker heads for a different hole, and the running back chooses one – that’s an advantage for the offense, because defenders can lose a step or two as they decide which hole to plug. The Vikings also began to use a similar formation, the wildcat, in which a running back also takes a direct snap, and there are two blockers on one side of the backfield.

Things started moving for C-SD, as the Trojans had trouble coming up with an answer for the strategy. Then on the first play of the fourth quarter, Khalik Beasley broke free and scored on a 33-yard run, ending a 10-play, 96-yard drive. Head Coach Gaven Parker called for a 2-point conversion, with Shamar Young doing the honors, and it was 8-0.

As the clock ticked away the final minutes of the game, the Vikings’ defense made their third stop on fourth down, shutting down the Trojans for good. Then, with only seconds remaining, rather than take a knee, the Vikes handed off to Beasley, who sprinted 80 yards for his second trip into the end zone. A Drew Warfield kick made it 15-0, and it looked like it was all over, as the stadium began to empty.

Not so fast, folks.

On the ensuing kickoff, with 6 seconds on the clock, the Trojans scored their only points of the game. With an extra point not making a difference in the outcome, and no time on the clock, the game was over.

Offense

Beasley was back in his usual form, gobbling up 236 yards on 20 carries. Shamar Young made a solid contribution, hauling the ball 56 yards on 8 carries.
The air attack wasn’t much of a factor, as QB Jyquan Farrare was 2 of 7 for 22 yards. Dario Belizaire gained 20 yards on one catch.

Defense

Malik Ennals got 2 sacks, with Avery Nichols and Donald Banks each adding one. Ennals also led the Vikings in tackles, with 6 solo and 3 assists. Other top defenders were Jeremy Taylor, 4 and 2; Dario Belizaire, 3 and 5; Tranell Clanton, 3 and 3; Shamar Young, 3 and 2; Khalik Beasley, 3 and 0; Avery Nichols, 2 and 1; Camren Lake, 1 and 4; Dillon Meekins, 0 and 1; and Hykeem Cropper, 0 and 1.

The Trojans’ leading rusher was Cory Robinson, who went 22 for 91. Quarterback Thomas Goldsborough threw 6 for 2, and 32 yards. On defense, Taekwon Duggins made 4 solo tackles, with 5 assists, while Peyton Taylor was 5 and 2.

On Friday, the Vikings will be at Snow Hill, 0-7 on Friday. The Eagles have had trouble competing this season, with a team heavy on freshmen and lacking skilled veterans.

The Eagles lost 55-0 on Oct. 12 when they played Parkside. In what might be an indication of relative talent, Snow Hill lost to Nadua, Virginia, 39-16 on Oct. 5 – the Vikings beat Nandua 64-21 on Sept. 28. Game time Friday is 6 p.m.

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

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