Five teams from the Bayside Conference earned spots in the 2017 Maryland High School Football Playoffs. The conference is guaranteed having one advance to the Region Finals due to the Nov. 10 Kent Island at North Caroline match-up.
#4 Atholton (6-3) at #1 James M. Bennett (7-3) 7:00 PM – November 10:
Second time in three years the Clippers are playoff bound. Bennett has posted a 2-1 mark since long time head coach Glen Gibson took a leave of absence to tend to his wife Tracy who eventually lost her long battle with pancreatic cancer. This is only the third playoff appearance for the Clippers in the past 10 years (2008 and 2015 the previouse two).
#4 Kent Island (8-2) at #1 North Caroline (10-0) 7:00 PM – November 10:
The rematch of the October 27th game in Ridgley. The Bulldogs rolled the Buccaneers 35-14. Perhaps Kent Island can take a positive out of the game. The 21 point difference was the closest of any of Caroline’s ten opponents this season. No change in the storylines three weeks later. Caroline’s defense is led by Notre Dame commit lineman Ja’Mion Franklin. On offense, head coach James McCormick has the balance of an efficient pass game led by quarterback Cody Pepper. Either catching Pepper’s passes or gashing opposing defense on the ground is Boston College commit running back David Bailey. Bailey rushed for 133 yards in the regular season finale against Colonel Richardson.
#3 Cambridge South Dorchester (6-4) at #2 Bohemia Manor (6-4) 7:00 PM November 10:
After an 0-3 start, a tenth consecutive playoff season looked in doubt for the Vikings. Jake Coleman’s squad rallied for six wins in their final seven games. Run CSD was in full force in the Nov. 3 win against Easton. Tajh Molock and Ethan Bloodsworth combined for 237 yards on the ground.
#4 Colonel Richardson (6-4) at #1 Havre de Grace (9-1):
The Colonels are in the playoffs for just the second time in school history. Colonel Richardson is a run heavy team averaging 6.5 yards per attempt in an offense with a 5:1 run to pass ratio.