FEDERALSBURG – Only one team can win a game, but both can beat a tropical storm.
The Cambridge-South Dorchester High School varsity Vikings (2-2) traveled to Caroline County on Friday to play Colonel Richardson (2-2), as Tropical Storm Ophelia took aim at the region. The Vikings fell to the home team, 14-13.
Kickoff was at 6 p.m., leaving just enough time for the contest to take place before the weekend’s rain began.
The first quarter ended scoreless, but the second quarter had just begun when C-SD’s sophomore running back Sterling Perkins carried the ball into the end zone for the game’s first score. After a good extra point, it was 7-0 Vikings.
As the second half began, Viking quarterback Blake LaBelle threw to the sideline, where the ball was picked off and returned for a touchdown. A two-point conversion was unsuccessful, and it was 7-6 in favor of C-SD.
The Vikings found that quarterback keepers were moving the ball, and LaBelle charged up the middle for gains. Then a bomb from him to TayMar Alexander put the ball close to the end zone – two plays later, LaBelle carried for a TD. The extra point was no good, leaving the tally at 13-6.
Then, late in the fourth quarter, the Colonels scored again, and with a good two-point play, the home team was up 14-13 with two and a half minutes left.
C-SD got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff. It was all so close – Jaden Ferguson snagged a short pass and carried the ball nearly the length of the field, to the Colonels’ 12. But the Vikings advanced only a few yards, until on fourth down with less than a minute on the clock, a LaBelle pass into the end zone was incomplete and Colonel Richardson’s win was secured.