CAMBRIDGE — John Henry threw three first-half touchdowns, and the Vikings defense allowed the offense to set up a running clock Friday night, Oct. 18, as Cambridge-South Dorchester High’s football team won its sixth straight with a 54-19 victory over Kent County.
The Vikings improved to 6-1, while Kent County fell to 3-4.
“The offense did a great job, every guy picking someone else up,” Vikings head coach Gaven Parker said. “They contained on defense, and did some good work against their running game.
“We were able to throw the ball well, and that’s something we were hoping we could do well tonight,” Parker added. “We tried a few things, and got some things to work. I’m happy with the way we looked.”
The Vikings held the Trojans to just 19 first-half rushing yards on 14 carries, sacking quarterback Thomas Goldsborough twice, and built a 27-0 halftime lead.
Penalties, however, hurt Cambridge-SD on several drives, including four first-half unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties and an ejection. For the game, the Vikings were flagged 13 times for 125 yards.
When things were working, they were working well, particularly Henry’s early work in the pocket.
His 17-yard touchdown pass to Malik Ennals began the scoring. An offsides call against Kent County prompted Parker to go for two instead of a James Frazier point-after kick; the run failed, leaving the score 6-0 with 7 minutes, 20 seconds to go in the first period.
After a Kent County punt, Cambridge-SD struck again from 17 yards out, Henry hitting Timothy Johnson for a touchdown. Frazier nailed the PAT to make it 13-0 late in the first.
“We were tight with them early,” Kent County head coach David Boyle said. “It was 13-0 late in the first half, but then you have a fumble, a blocked punt, and then it’s 27-0 at halftime. That’s a huge difference.”
Kent County’s Maikhi Tiller intercepted Henry in the second quarter, but the Viking defense helped the turnover come to naught. Moments later, a Kent County fumble recovered by Cambridge-SD’s Dario Belizaire led to Henry’s third passing score, an 8-yarder to Davon Linder which made it 20-0 with 4:29 to go in the half.
Kent County had to punt on the ensuing possession, but it was blocked and returned to the Trojans’ 1-yard line. Khalik Beasley made it 27-0 with a quick strike from there, with 2:44 to go in the half.
Despite the deficit, the Trojans came out and marched downfield after halftime, covering more than half of it on four plays. A fourth-and-9 pass from Goldsborough to Taylor Lyons, from 37 yards away, put the visitors on the board, though the conversion failed, making it 27-6 less than 90 seconds into the third period.
But Cambridge-SD answered on the ensuing drive, a Beasley 38-yard run setting up first-and-goal from the Trojans’ 7-yard line. Beasley got the call again on the next snap, and took it in to make it 34-6.
Moments later, another Trojan miscue led to Cambridge-SD points; the ensuing kickoff was fumbled, and Cambridge-SD recovered 12 yards from another score.
It took Camren Lake one run to make it count, his score making it 40-6.
The PAT snap a moment later was no good, but senior holder Logan Middleton dashed to his right and hit Linder in the back of the end zone for the 2-point conversion, starting the running clock with 9:01 to go in the third.
“It was just a good night for us all-around,” Henry said. “We played great on offense, on defense, everywhere. The guys really worked together.”
The Trojan quarterback stopped the running clock on the first play of the fourth quarter, though, his 8-yard keeper making it 42-13 with the PAT.
“I am proud of how they didn’t quit. They just continued to fight until the end,” Boyle said. “They kept going.”
A Ty Wilson score made it 42-19 a few minutes later, but two scores by Cambridge-SD — an Ennals touchdown run, and Kanye Pinder’s 28-yard score on fourth down on a busted play as time ran out — turned the running clock back on for the final minute.
Ahead 54-19, Cambridge-SD let the clock expire under the 35-point rule.
Cambridge-SD, its regular-season home schedule complete, finishes at Snow Hill Friday at 6 p.m., then plays at Easton on Nov. 2. Kent County hosts Washington at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and wraps up the regular season at home against Parkside.