RISING SUN — Yes, a victory over a 2A school to start the season would have been nice.
But four days after digesting Friday night’s 42-28 season-opening loss to Rising Sun, Cambridge-South Dorchester High head football coach Gaven Parker said nothing about going back to the drawing board.
“We’re not hitting the abort button yet,” Parker said. “I think in our situation we just have to refocus.”
Parker put the focus on tackling this week, after the Vikings’ 20-19 third-quarter lead evaporated in the fourth quarter, when the Tigers outscored them, 23-8.
“Some things we need to continue to work on,” Parker said. “I thought we had a good (preseason) camp, three and a half weeks of tackling. And then we get to the first game and we didn’t do it very well. That’s OK. We just got to refocus for this week and continue to practice that.”
Leading the Tigers was senior Ben Ehrhart, who in his first career start at running back, carried 13 times for a program-record 320 yards and four touchdowns, pacing Rising Sun’s 432-yard rushing attack.
“We didn’t tackle well, didn’t play well on defense,” Parker said. “We just could not keep pace with them at the end.”
That’s not to say Cambridge-SD was without its bright spots.
Senior running back Khalik Beasley carried 15 times for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback John Henry completed 5 of 6 attempts for 145 yards that included a touchdown strike to Logan Middleton. And sophomore inside linebacker Dario Belizaire recorded 10 tackles — four for losses — and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
“I think when you look at the Rising Sun game, there were a lot of positives,” Parker said. “We obviously did some good things on offense to score 21 points. And had a kickoff return (for a touchdown), so our special teams made a big play for us.”
The Vikings will look to even their record Friday when they host Silver Oak Academy at 6:30 p.m.