Cambridge sacks Kent en route to state semifinals

CAMBRIDGE — The Trojans left their bag of tricks at home for round two of the Class 1A state football tournament.

Advancing with a surprising 16-point victory at Snow Hill on Nov. 2, just six days after a 47-6 beatdown at home at the hands of the Eagles, the Trojans on Nov. 9 headed to Cambridge-South Dorchester High School cautiously optimistic that they could pull off another upset.

Yeah, that didn’t happen.

Cambridge handed Kent its proverbial lunch, 51-0, winning for the fifth game in a row in a streak that started with a 52-0 rout of Kent at the end of September.

“They had our game plan mapped to a ‘T,'” Kent County head coach Harold Somerville said of the rematch. 

When asked to elaborate, Somerville said, “They were ready for our offense. They were ready for our defense.”

He said the Trojans dressed only 22 players, having lost 10 or so players during the course of the season to injuries and off-the-field issues.

Kent finishes 2-9.

“It’s not the season I was expecting,” said Somerville, who acknowledged that he predicted a better than .500 season.

“I knew we would have challenges with Queen Anne’s and Cambridge, but I figured we’d have only two or three losses,” Somerville said in a telephone interview Monday.

He said he’d come to the conclusion that “if you don’t do anything in the off-season, you won’t get anything in-season.”

To help address that concern, Somerville said he will reinforce to the current players that they should be conditioning and weight-lifting long before practice begins in August and he will visit Kent County Middle School next month to talk up the high school’s football program.

NOTES: Cambridge (9-2) eliminated the SEED School of Baltimore, 46-8, last week to advance to the state semifinals.

On Friday night, No. 4 seed Cambridge (9-2) will travel to No. 1 seed Fort Hill (11-0), while No. 2 seed Mountain Ridge (10-1) will host No. 3 seed Perryville (9-2).

The state championship game will be played next week at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

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