Back 'atones' for 395 yards, state title win Cambridge-SD's Dennis also has 4 TDs in 1A romp

November 30, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK -- Cambridge-South Dorchester running back Darnell Dennis had the game of his career last night. Dennis picked up 205 yards in the Class 1A state championship against Kent County.

And that was just in the first half.

Dennis ran for what's believed to be a record 395 yards on 34 carries in a state playoff game, scoring four touchdowns as Cambridge-South Dorchester won its second straight state crown with a 28-0 victory over Kent County at Byrd Stadium.

The 395-yard performance fell just short of the state one-game rushing record, 411 yards, set this fall by Ryan Davis of Catonsville.

Dennis used a combination of good blocking plus his great bursts of speed to break long runs all night for Cambridge-South Dorchester (13-0). Kent County (11-2) just could not stop him.

"That's a great effort," said Cambridge-South Dorchester coach Doug Fleetwood. "That's a super effort."

Dennis said he wanted to atone for a sub-par showing in the state semifinal last week against Elkton. "I thought I was at about 200 yards," he said. "I just came out here and did my best. We just took advantage of their weaknesses."

The senior running back scored on runs of 56, 57, 61 and 17 yards. Dennis got one touchdown in each quarter as Cambridge-South Dorchester slowly took control.

The Vikings also stopped Kent County running back Bruce Green, who had more than 2,400 yards this fall. But Cambridge-South Dorchester held him to 86 yards on 19 carries.

Pub Date: 11/30/96

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