CAMBRIDGE - And a legend is born.
Trevor North can tell this story for the rest of his life — a hard-fought game against rival Easton, down two touchdowns, exchanging leads, and then . . .
One second left, score tied 35-35.
A stadium full of fans of both teams on a freezing night, hearts a-pounding.
A 35-yard kick into a stiff wind will win the game.
The teams lined up, the crowd held its breath — and Easton called time-out. Icing the kicker, or at least trying to.
Didn’t work. The teams faced each other again, the ball was snapped, North kicked and the ball sailed through with distance to spare.
That’s a big-league finish for a high school game, and a whole lot of tension for a young man to overcome.
There was a fair bit of tension on the sidelines and in the bleachers, too. The stadium erupted in cheers as the players ran onto the field to celebrate.
The game began with a quick score by Easton. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Warriors lost yardage on two plays. Then on third and long from their own 35, fullback Leon Flournoy IV broke free and ran to the Vikings’ 7-yard line, leading to a score on the next play.
The Vikings returned the favor on the next possession, which featured a 49-yard Tre’ Lake run to the Easton 20. The next play was another carry and a score for Tre’.
The quarter ended 14-7 after another Easton score, and the crowd knew it would be a highly competitive game for bragging rights on the Mid-Shore.
C-SD evened the score in the opening seconds of the second quarter on a five-yard keeper by quarterback Nathaniel Lowe.
Easton got the kick, and on the next play, Leon Flournoy broke through tackles on his way to another TD. A blocked extra point left it at 14-20 Easton.
The Vikings weren’t able to move the ball on their next possession, and punted. Easton scored quickly after a couple of long gains, and followed with a two-point conversion to make it 28-14.
Though the brutally cold and windy conditions tried to foil the teams’ passing attacks, Lowe and Terry Wilson made the connection and the Vikings advanced to the Easton 11-yard line. A throw to Emory Wongus with 11 seconds in the second quarter left the score 28-20 at the half after a failed extra point.
In the second half, the pace of scoring slowed as the teams fought the cold and settled in for the grind. Then on first and 10 at the 10, Dishawn Elliott pulled in a Lowe pass. A good 2-point attempt made tied it at 28 with 4:05 in the third quarter.Dave Ryan/Special to The Dorchester Banner Kicker Trevor North is carried off the field following C-SD’s 38-35 victory over Easton High School. Trevor kicked the winning field goal in the closing seconds of the game.[/caption]
Easton and Flournoy struck back quickly, as the fullback broke free for a 50-yard run and a score a minute later.
As the third quarter ran down, the Vikings countered the strong Warriors’ rush with a screen pass to Wongus, who brought the ball to the Easton 13-yard line.
On the opening play of the fourth period, Elliott caught a Lowe pass to tie the score at 35-all.
The rest of the quarter featured strong defensive play, including a stand by C-SD at their own 13, when on fourth and 7, the Vikings sacked Easton quarterback Jaelon Moaney.
Then came the final minute, when C-SD moved the ball quickly downfield. A final throw to Terry Wilson brought the ball inside field goal range, and the rest is history.
Following the teams’ shaking hands, Head Coach Jake Coleman called his boys around him.
“I’m so proud of you for not giving up,” he said. “We played the second half like we wanted to.”
He led the team in a cheer for the man of the hour, Trevor North, and said, “Carry him off the field!”
And away he went, on the shoulders of his teammates and into Dorchester sports legend.