PRINCESS ANNE — Washington High’s football team came out looking like world-beaters on the opening drive of Friday night’s game against Cambridge-South Dorchester.
Scoring on their opening drive, the Jaguars brought their followers to their feet with a dramatic fourth-down touchdown pass.
But after that, it was almost all Vikings.
Eight different players found the end zone for C-SD, which answered on the next play from scrimmage and won going away, 55-12, for its fifth straight victory. Cambridge-SD improved to 5-1, while the Jaguars, who had no Week 2 game, are 0-5.
The contest certainly didn’t appear destined to be a running-clock affair early.
Receiving the opening kickoff, Washington set up shop on its 38-yard line and went through the Vikings with an efficiency not seen since Cambridge-SD’s opening-night loss at Rising Sun on Sept. 6.
“In looking at film we saw some things, the way they [C-SD] lined up, that made me think we could run certain things against them and have some success,” Jaguars head coach Greg Lasinski said. “We thought we could exploit some stuff in the B-gaps and move the ball on them, and we did on that first drive in particular.”
Punching through the defense, the Jaguars marched 62 yards on 12 plays, capping the drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Zavian Hall to Gavin Fontaine, on fourth-and-goal, with 5 minutes, 12 seconds to go in the first period.
“It was a good start for us,” Lasinski said. “But after that, we didn’t stop them well on defense. It’s been an issue for us this year.”
The 6-0 lead — the point-after kick was unsuccessful — lasted just one snap.
C-SD senior Khalik Beasley, his team getting the ball on the 38-yard line following the ensuing kickoff, turned the right corner and dashed down the sideline for a 62-yard touchdown run. James Frazier booted the first of five successful point-after kicks to make it 7-6, with 4:47 to go in the first.
Washington punted on the next possession, but the snap was bad, and though it wasn’t turned over by fumble, the home team did lose possession on downs.
“Every time we come here, it’s always a slow start, always a slow start,” Viking head coach Gaven Parker said. “The kids are not as hype, and kinda going out there a little slow. It’s just tough to get going. But once we got going, I think we did some better things, played better defense; the offense looked solid.”
Starting its next drive at the Washington 25, C-SD made short work of it; this time, Camren Lake had the big run, taking it to the house on the first snap and a 14-6 lead as the first quarter wound down.
The next Viking drive also yielded a score, Logan Middleton reeling in a 23-yard John Henry pass for a 20-6 lead; the PAT was blocked.
Timothy Johnson’s 17-yard touchdown run, and Miquel White’s 5-yard scoring dash made it 35-6 with 2:53 left in the first half.
With less than a minute to go in the second quarter, Washington’s Nazier Spence got free around the right side for a 55-yard touchdown run, making it 35-12.
With just 35 seconds to go until intermission, C-SD tried to make the time count, but Henry was picked off. Washington couldn’t capitalize, and on the last play of the half, Hall dropped back for a third-down pass attempt.
Ira Nichols, who notched four sacks, and K.J. Dockins tracked Hall down and combined for a strip-sack, the ball falling at the Jaguars’ 27. After several attempts, Dockins scooped the loose ball and ran for a touchdown, making it 41-12 at the break.
“We had some things go right for us, some things we’ve been working on, but we generally made a lot of mistakes,” Lasinski said, “and, honestly, Cambridge is a better team than we are, obviously. They’ve got speed, and they’ve got a good defense.
“We’ve got some more things to work on,” Lasinski added, “and we’ve got to work on them on a short week, to get ready for Thursday and Snow Hill.”
A score early in the third by Dario Belizaire, from 21 yards, started the running clock. Malcolm Edwards — on a 5-yard scoring run — provided the last highlight of the evening, with 7:40 left.
Washington hosts Snow Hill on Thursday at 7 p.m. Cambridge-SD hosts Kent County on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
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