DOVER, Del. – The Kent County Trojans are set to battle the Cambridge South Dorchester Vikings in the 1A East Semifinals on Friday, Oct. 13.
If you are partial to superstition, it will be Friday the 13th when the Trojans gear up for their 13th playoff appearance.
For the Vikings, however, it will be their 30th playoff appearance.
Cambridge South Dorchester has a winning streak so great over Kent County, no current player on either side could walk the last time the Trojans were victorious over the Vikings. That was a whopping 23 games ago in Week 2 of the 1995 regular season. That same year, CSD beat Kent 28-0 in the playoffs and went on to win a championship.
“It’s going to feel like the Super Bowl because we haven’t beat them in a long time,” Kent County star running back Marcquan Greene said. “I’ve beat them in Pop Warner but there is nothing like beating them in high school.”
The last time the two teams met in the regular season, the Vikings were able to pull off a comeback 33 to 27 win in overtime, despite a dominate first half put up by the Trojans.
“That was an emotional win,” Cambridge South Dorchester quarterback Nate Lowe said. “We came into halftime saying ‘what are we going to do?’ but we came back and put it to them.”
Lowe said the key for him leading the charge on offense it to stay relaxed and not get worked up if a play does not work in their favor.
Besides never beating the Viking in his high school career, Kent County senior quarterback Stevie Curran wants to win to extend their playoff run in his last season.
“Personally I just want everyone to give it their all,” Stevie Curran said. “Focus on every catch, focus on every route, don’t half-step anything. Just every play and leave everything on the field.”
Kent County Head Coach Brendon Ireton is ready for his program to elevate to the next level. To do that, a win over the Vikings is necessary.
“A win would mean a lot for our program,” Ireton said. “We’ve beaten Queen Anne’s two years in a row. We’ve made some giant steps, but like I told the kids, there are no moral victories. We need to take that next step as a program and get this win underneath our belt and go further in the playoffs this year.”
One of the biggest hurdles for the Vikings will be stopping Marcquan Greene. Vikings Head Coach Jake Coleman is well aware of the threat that Greene presents and has taken an innovative approach to try to stop him. A rooster. Yes, a No. 1 jersey-wearing, cock-a-doodle-do rooster.
“We got a rooster and brought him our to practice, put a nice little number one jersey on him and we had our defense chase him all around,” Colman said while laughing. “He was moving all over the place. We caught him a couple times and a couple other times he scored touchdowns.”
Coleman is aware that Greene will be hard to stop but is confident his the Vikings secondary.
The game will take place at Cambridge South Dorchester High School on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.