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Your game recaps from Sept. 25

Sport: Field Hockey  Posted: September 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Livermore Falls 8, St. Dom's 0
LIVERMORE FALLS - Kathryn Ventrella went on a scoring spree, punching in four goals, as Livermore Falls dropped St. Dom's with an 8-0 shutout in a girls' soccer game Friday. Hannah Therrien, Kim Theriault, Erin Gatz and Samantha Greenwood also added a goal for the Andies (7-3).
Micaela Baron, Katie Ferland and Kathryn Lake turned stellar performances on defense for Livermore Falls. The Andies outshot the Saints, 17-8, and Livermore Falls goalie Caylee Morris made eight saves to keep her shutout intact.

Telstar 3, Jay 1

BETHEL - T.J. Cowin recorded two goals and an assist to lead Telstar to a 3-1 victory over Jay in MVC field hockey action Friday. The Tigers (7-3) scored first on an unassisted tally from Bri Farrington in the first half. Jay outhustled Telstar in the opening half. The Rebels (9-0) picked up the tempo in the second half as Cowin converted a pair of goals assisted by Amanda Wiley and Victoria Sorkus. Amanda Wiley put the frosting on the cake with a conversion from Cowin with just 16 seconds remaining.

Lisbon 3, Hall-Dale 2
LISBON - MaKayla Stevens guided a penalty corner into the back of the net at 8:14 of the second half for the game-winning goal as Lisbon jettisoned Hal-Dale, 3-2, in MVC field hockey action Friday. The Greyhounds (3-6) took a 2-1 lead into the break. Lyndsay Whitney and Jessica Campbell netted an unassisted tally each before Jess Woods responded for Hall-Dale. Goalie Hannah Perry turned away 17 shots for the Bulldogs (3-6), while Bri Moore and Kristi Bolduc combined for three saves for Lisbon in the winning effort.

Sacopee Valley 1, Gray-NG 0
SOUTH HIRAM - Senior forward Cassidy Hartwell collected an unassisted tally with 1:47 left in the first half to lift Sacopee Valley to a 1-0 win over Gray-New Gloucester in WMC field hockey action Friday. The Hawks (4-2-2) were a little more agressive on offense than their counterparts, outshooting the Patriots (4-4) by an 11-4 margin. Goalie Olivia Rottari made 11 saves for Gray-New Gloucester, while Ashley Pingree turned back five to earn the win in net for Sacopee Valley.

Hermon 5, Piscataquis 0
At Hermon, Lauren Tara scored three goals to lead the Hermon Hawks past Piscataquis of Guilford.
Mary Ricker had a goal and an assist for the 2-7 Hawks. Taylor Buck scored the other goal while Victoria Davenport, Debbie Colpitts and Jess Devou each had an assist. Jaime Roy faced no shots. Brianna Tweedie saved nine of 14 shots for the 0-9 Pirates.

Foxcroft 3, Orono 0

At Orono, Mariah Arno scored a pair of goals and Sabrina Sharrow notched the other as Foxcroft Academy improved to 5-3. Cassie Curtis made three saves for the winners. Amber Saucier and Mandy Spencer combined for 11 saves for 4-5 Orono.

Winthrop 5, Boothbay 1:
Kelsey Ouellette had three goals to lead the undefeated Ramblers to the MVC win in Winthrop. Nikki Scott and Kenzie Hill each added a goal and two assists for Winthrop (9-0-0). Ouellette and Scott each have 10 goals this season. Shauna Carlson chipped in with an assist. Katie Michelsen made three saves.
Sarah Caron scored off a penalty corner for Boothbay (1-8-0). Madison McCarthy made 10 saves.

Scarborough 4, Sanford 2
SANFORD — Unbeaten Scarborough scored three goals in the first half Friday and went on to a 4-2 victory over Sanford in a Southern Maine Activities Association field hockey game. Molly Gove, Heather Carrier and Brittany Ross scored the first-half goals for the Red Storm (9-0).
Gove opened the scoring, picking up a rebound off the pads of goalie Emily Downing after 5:41.
Heather Carrier made it 2-0 midway through the half from a scramble. Ross made it 3-0 with 1:59 left in the half on another rebound. Kim Vogel scored on a penalty corner 12 minutes into the second half to bring Sanford (6-2) within 3-1, but Ross added her second goal midway through the half. Liz Rancourt scored for Sanford off a penalty corner with four seconds left.

York 1, Cape Elizabeth 0:
Liz Florentino scored off a penalty corner at 15:07 of the second half as the Wildcats (8-0) slipped past the Capers (2-5-1) at Cape Elizabeth. Amanda Kasbothm needed two saves for the shutout. Julianne Ayers of the Capers turned back four shots.

Falmouth 2, Yarmouth 1:
Jackie Aaskov and Courtney Proctor scored for the Yachtsmen (5-2-1) against the Clippers (0-7) at Falmouth. Shantel Albert scored and Samantha Hall stopped 12 shots for Yarmouth.

Waynflete o, Freeport 0 (2OT):

Annie Vogt made 10 saves for Waynflete (2-4-2) and Hannah Schuchert had 15 for the Falcons (5-1-1) at Freeport.

Greely 1, Lake Region 0:
Kate Storey scored from the top of the circle early in the second half to lift Greely (5-3) over Lake Region (1-7) at Cumberland. Maggie Bower made two saves for the Rangers. Shannon Van Loan stopped six shots for Lake Region.

South Portland 2, McAuley 0:
Felicia Farnham and Brianna Ballard scored 1:14 apart late in the first half to help South Portland (3-5) defeat McAuley (0-8) at Portland.

Old Orchard Beach 6, Traip Academy 0:
Annabelle Frenette scored four goals and assisted on another, and Ari Bouchard made three saves for her fourth shutout of the season as the Seagulls (4-3-1) downed the Rangers (1-7) at Old Orchard Beach.

Bonny Eagle 2, Portland 1:
Peyton Dostie scored with one second remaining in overtime to lift Bonny Eagle (5-2-1) over Portland (1-7) at Standish. After Nicole DeMidio scored at 1:21 of the first for the Scots, Ellen Taffore tied it with 19:18 left in regulation.

Game recaps courtesy of:
Lewiston Sun Journal
Bangor Daily News
Kennebec Journal
Portland Press Herald

Your recaps of games from Sept. 25

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: September 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Lewiston 1, Oxford Hills 0
Kenzie Sullivan capped an intensely defensive game with a second overtime tally to lift Lewiston to a 1-0 triumph over Oxford Hills in KVAC girls' soccer action Friday evening. The Blue Devils (2-5-0) kept the heat up on the Vikings' (0-6-1) goalie, Samantha Hatch, with 23 shots. But, the armor wasn't pierced until Sullivan converted a Brittany Martin relay with 1.8 seconds remaining in the second overtime. Goalie Beth Lebel made seven saves to earn the win in net for Lewiston.

Oak Hill 4, Rockland 1

WALES - Abby  Goulet scored on a penalty kick and Kasey Anctil dropped in a goal without assistance as Oak Hill conjured up its first victory of the season, beating Rockland, 4-1, in a girls' soccer game Friday. The Raiders (1-6-1) took a 2-0 lead in the first half. Becca Belaire and Sarah Albert also scored for Oak Hill, which outshot Rockland, 22-8. Novelle Szandzik scored on a penalty kick in the second half for Rockland (1-6-1).

Leavitt 4, Mt. View 0
THORNDIKE - Four different players scored in the first half as Leavitt coasted to a 4-0 victory over Mt. View. The Hornets (5-3-1) applied a skillful passing game to break down the Mustang's (0-9) defense in the early going. Tori Zupancic recorded a goal and an assist, while Bri Hammond, Jenna Cote and Sydney Nadeau contributed a goal each. Paige Landry participated in the scoring effort with two assists. Goalie Rachel Andrews made 19 saves for Mt. View, while Danielle DuBois fanned three shots to earn the shutout win in net for Leavitt.

Mt. Abram 3, Dirigo 2
SALEM - Emily Luce scored off a rebound with one minute remaining in the first half to break a tie and send Mt. Abram to a 3-2 victory over Dirigo.
Katie Buschmann added a goal and an assist, while Briana Daly also scored for the Roadrunners (4-2-1). Miranda Shurtleff and Emily Chase scored for Dirigo (2-5). Kym Dolloff stopped seven shots for the Cougars. Jillian Withee got the win with six saves for Mt. Abram.

St. Dom's 7, Madison 2
MADISON - Stephanie Costello and Maggie Gamble scored two goals apiece as St. Dom's rolled to a 7-2 triumph over Madison. Sophie Goulet, Alex Landry and Meagan Poulin also scored for the Saints (5-0-2), who jumped out to a 5-0 advantage by halftime. Goulet also added three assists, while Hailey Girardin and Ali Desjardins were credited with assists. Jen Brown scored both goals for Madison (1-6).

Winslow 3, Maranacook 2
WINSLOW - Julie Riordan punched in the eventual game-winning goal to lift Winslow to a 3-2 victory over Maranacook in KVAC girls' soccer action Friday. Lindsay Cochran broke the scoreless tie at the 38:34 mark of the second half to put the Black Bears (6-2-1) up 1-0 with her first of two goals. The Black Raiders (8-0) responded with three unanswered and unassisted goals. Jordan Mallett tied the game at 34:20, while Emily Farrell put Winslow up 2-1 at the 22:08 mark. Riordan planted a deflected ball into the back of the net with 20:40 remaining in regulation. Cochran had the last tally of the contest as Maranacook failed to stage a come-from-behind effort.

Georges Valley 1, Lisbon 0
LISBON - Bethany Snow scored the game's only goal with 18:37 to play to lift Georges Valley to a 1-0 girls' soccer triumph over Lisbon. The Bucs (6-0-1) controlled the pace of the game, outshooting the Greyhounds, 17-4. Kyrstin Ramich made 10 saves in goal for the Greyhounds (5-2).

So. Aroostook 1, Katahdin 0
At Dyer Brook, Janel Rockwell scored an unassisted goal on an outside shot to the back corner of the goal with 21:47 left in regulation to lead Southern Aroostook past Katahdin of Stacyville. Emily Cummings saved two of three shots for the 11-0 Warriors. Michayla Patterson made 13 saves on 15 shots for 1-6 Katahdin.

John Bapst 3, Bucksport 1
At Bucksport, Amber Estes scored all three goals to lead John Bapst of Bangor to victory over Bucksport. Sierra Pierce, Jordan Myerowitz and Brittany Williams provided assists for the 6-3 Crusaders. Mandy Sawyer saved seven of 10 shots.
Mindy Pye scored off an Andie Lawford assist for 0-5-1 Bucksport. Carrie Daigle made nine saves on 12 shots.

Hall-Dale 4, Winthrop 0

WINTHROP -- Kristina Buck's hat trick proved to be the difference as the Hall-Dale girls soccer team shut out Winthrop 4-0 in Mountain Valley Conference play Friday. The Bulldogs (6-0-1) got assists from Carylanne Wolfington, Kerry Fredette and Hailey Longfellow, who scored the team's other goal. Anna Levesque finished with seven saves in the win. Michelle Lough made 15 saves for Winthrop (3-3-1).

Cony 3, Erskine 0:
Cassie Diplock scored two goals to lead the Rams to the KVAC A win in Augusta. Tori Fowler added a goal and an assist for the winners while teammate Olivia Boivin had two assists. Amy Jones made 18 saves for Cony (4-3-0) while Jessica Souther had 18 for Erskine (0-5-2).

Messalonskee 4, Brewer 0:
Ali Omsberg scored a hat trick to lead the Eagles to the KVAC A win in Oakland. Emily Weeks also scored for Messalonskee (5-1-1). Ari Perry chipped in with two assists. Sarah Jacques stopped one shot. Rachel Braithwaite made 17 saves for Brewer (1-6-0).

Valley 3, Rangeley 2:
Cindy Schultz scored two goals, including the game-winner with 6:12 to play, as the Cavaliers won in East-West Conference play in Bingham. Hannah Belanger added a goal -- that knotted the score at 2 -- and an assist for Valley (3-4-0). Schultz assisted on Belanger's goal. Allison Hammond and Sandra Campbell scored the goals for Rangeley (3-3-1).

Traip Academy 4, Sacopee Valley 2:
Kaytie Ziegler scored all three of her goals in the second half as Traip Academy (2-5) pulled away from the Hawks (2-4-1) at South Hiram.

Game Recaps Courtesy Of:
Lewiston Sun Journal
Bangor Daily News
Kennebec Journal
Morning Sentinel
Portland Press Herald

Weferling leads Windjammers past Lions

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: September 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ron Hawkes

As fall weather settles into the midcoast area you can tell it’s soccer season. The sun goes down earlier, it gets colder, the crowds at the games get bigger and Friday night at Camden Hills under almost perfect soccer conditions despite the sometimes gusting wind, the young Windjammers put on a soccer show as they easily handles Belfast in an 8-0 win.

Jimmy Weferling had a hat trick in the first half and sat out most off the second half as the Windjammers poured in goal after goal. In fact Camden Hills has scored 17 goals in their last two games since falling 2-0 to Lincoln Academy. Can you say wake up call.

Camden Hills goes to 8-1 on the season while Belfast falls to 4-4.

Weferling had three goals and an assist to lead the Windjammers, Sam Predham had a pair of goals and two assists and Andy Stevick chipped in two goals while Andrew Flanagan had one. Zack Wincklhofer had two assists and Henry Marchetti one.

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Estabrook propels Ramsí win

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: September 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ryan McLaughlin

BANGOR, Maine — On the surface, Friday’s 6-2 victory over Hampden Academy looks like another ho-hum win for the Bangor High girls soccer team.

The statistics may suggest that as well, as the Rams outshot the Broncos 28-9 and had a decisive edge in ball possession.

But this win was anything but easy for coach Joe Johnson’s club, as the Rams saw a 4-0 halftime lead sliced to 4-2 thanks to goals by Broncos striker Michaela Stephenson — both from more than 25 yards away.

“They were really good shots, there was nothing [Bangor goalkeeper] Mia [Smith] could do about it, really,” said Rams senior striker Eliza Estabrook.

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Your game recaps for September 25

Sport: Football  Posted: September 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

South Portland 48, Bonny Eagle 45
SOUTH PORTLAND — Ryan Curit scored his third touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run on the final play as South Portland knocked off previously undefeated Bonny Eagle 48-45 in a Western Class A football game Friday night.

Bonny Eagle (3-1) had pulled ahead 45-42 on an 18-yard pass from Chris Hale to Ryan Nason with 50 seconds left in regulation.

Curit returned the ensuing kickoff to midfield. A 35-yard pass from Jon DiBiase to Dan Medici led to the winning score.

Curit finished with 147 yards on 22 carries, including TD runs of 9 and 40 yards. DiBiase completed 9 of 11 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 4-yard run.

Mike Foley caught six passes for 100 yards and returned a first-quarter kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown for the Red Riots (2-2).

Bonny Eagle scored 22 points in the second quarter to take a 29-27 halftime lead, then extended their lead to 36-27 on a 1-yard run by Nason midway through the third quarter.

Nason ran for three touchdowns and 172 yards on 30 carries and completed 9 of 11 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Jeff Amell caught four passes for 50 yards.

Gorham 34, Westbrook 24
John Day rushed for 267 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries and added a pair of 2-point conversion rushes to lead the Rams (1-3) past the Blue Blazes (0-4) in Gorham.

Day had touchdown runs of 46, 43, 13 and 3 yards.

Westbrook quarterback Ollie Steele had a 46-yard touchdown run and a 15-yard scoring pass to Eben Wintle.

Bucksport 39, Rockland 8
At Bucksport, Vinny Tymoczko rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries to help lead Bucksport.
Alex Giosia and Brandon Flegel also scored a pair of touchdowns apiece.
Tymoczko opened the scoring with a 19-yard run in the first quarter and Giosia extended the lead to 13-0 with a 1-yard run later in the quarter.
Flegel caught an 8-yard TD pass from Mike Cummings in the second quarter as Bucksport took a 20-0 lead into the intermission.
Tymoczko’s 29-yard scamper and Giosia’s 11-yard dash in the third quarter made it 33-0 before Flegel returned an interception 60 yards for a fourth-quarter TD.
Rockland’s Jake Ortiz capped the scoring with a 48-yard run.
Giosia gained 42 yards on eight carries and Cummings completed 8-of-13 passes for 110 yards, including his TD toss to Flegel. Flegel caught three passes for 40 yards.
Ortiz carried 20 times for 144 yards for the Tigers.
Rockland (1-3)    0    0    0    8 — 8
Bucksport (1-3)    13    7    13    6 — 39
B — Tymoczko 19 run (kick failed)
B —Giosia 1 run (Smith kick)
B —Flegel 8 pass from McGreevey (Smith kick)
B — Tymoczko 29 run (Smith kick)
B — Giosia 11 run (kick failed)
B — Flegel 60 interception return (kick failed)
R — Ortiz 48 run (Harrison pass rom S. Meklin)

Foxcroft 70, Orono 6

At Orono, Chase Hutchinson returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and the Ponies cruised from there.
Ryan Stroud passed for 99 yards and two touchdowns while running for another. Robert Harmon caught a 78-yard TD pass while Hutchinson hauled in a 2-yarder.
Ian Champeon added 77 yards rushing and a TD and a 30-yard interception return for a score while Harmon scored on a 17-yard run and 84-yard kickoff return. Dylan Andrews and Jerrod Boone added rushing TDs.
Brandon Higgins scored on a 2-yard run for Orono. Jake McAlinden led the offense with 81 yards rushing while Dominic Mowrer had 73 and Higgins 45.
Foxcroft (4-0)    20    21    21    8 — 70
Orono (1-3)    0    0    6    0 — 6
FA — Hutchinson 85 kickoff return (Richards kick)
FA — Champeon 30 interception return (kick failed)
FA — Stroud 2 pass to Hutchinson (Richards kick)
FA — Champeon 57 run (Richards kick)
FA — Stroud 8 run (Richards kick)
FA — Andrews 5 run (Richards kick)
FA — Harmon 17 run (Richards kick)
O — Higgins 2 run (rush failed)
FA — Harmon 84 kickoff return (Richards kick)
FA — Boone 5 run (Andrews rush)

Stearns 38, Calais 16
At Millinocket, junior Jared McGreevey completed 11 of 14 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns as Stearns beat Calais-Woodland.
McGreevey threw a 23-yard TD pass to Josh MaDonald in the second quarter and gave the Minutemen the lead for goodwith a 20-yard strike to Brandon McLaughlin later in the first half.
That made it 18-16.
Kevin Ross had opened the scoring for Calais-Woodland with a 1-yard run and, after Billy Eurich answered with a 3-yard run and MacDonald hauled in McGreevey’s pass to give Stearns a 12-8 lead, Ross ran 14 yards for a touchdown and added his second conversion dash.
Ethan Michaud’s 2-yard run expanded the lead to 24-16 in the third quarter and McGreevey tossed a 27-yard TD pass to Caleb Wallace later in the quarter.
Michaud capped the scoring with a five-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Eurich carried 14 times for 94 yards and Charlie Tapley’s 22 tackles, including four for losses, and MacDonald’s two interceptions paced a Stearns defense that limited Calais-Woodland to 120 yards of offense.
Ross gained 83 yards on 25 carries.  
Calais (1-3)    8    8    0    0 — 16
Stearns (3-1)    6    12    12    8 — 38
C — Ross 1 run (Ross rush)
S — Eurich 3 run (rush failed)
S — MacDonald 23 pass from McGreevey (rush failed)
C — Ross 14 run (rush failed)
S — McLaughlin 20 pass from McGreevey (pass failed)
S — Michaud 2 run (kick failed)
S — Wallace 27 pass from McGreevey (pass failed)
S — Michaud 5 run (Wallace pass from McGreevey)

MCI 36, Mount View 35
At Pittsfield, Shawn Bennett completed a 26-yard pass to Tyler Hunt and Bennett connected with Hunt again on the two-point conversion with seven minutes remaining in regulation to lead Maine Central Institute past Mount View of Thorndike.
There were four turnovers, two by each team, in the final six minutes, but no points came off of them.
Bennett was a part of all five touchdowns for the Huskies. On the ground he totaled 225 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns. He was 3-for-12 through the air for 63 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Hunt caught two passes, both for touchdowns.
Tyler Rednour led the Mustangs with 22 carries for 140 yards and three touchdowns. He also had two receptions for 65 yards. Aaron Santana was 4-for-13 for 98 yards, a touchdown pass to Rednour and two interceptions.
Jason Hughes scored the Mount View’s first touchdown in the fourth on a 35-yard run.
Mount View (2-2)    7    7    8    13 — 35
MCI (4-0)    7    14    7    8 — 36
MCI — Hunt 30 pass from Bennett (Hapworth kick)
MV — Rednout 50 run (Bennett kick)
MCI — Bennett 2 run (Hapworth kick)
MCI — Bennett 2 run (Hapworth kick)
MV — Rednour 50 pass from Santana (Bennett kick)
MV — Rednour 1 run (Rednour rush)
MCI — Bennett 68 run (Hapworth kick)
MV — Hughes 35 run (Bennett kick)
MV — Rednour 1 run (rush failed)
MCI — Hunt 26 pass from Bennett (Hunt pass from Bennett)

Hampden 71, Belfast 8
At Hampden, the host Broncos raced out to a 54-0 lead at halftime and never looked back.
Michael Jenkins scored Hampden’s first four TDs on runs of 3, 1, 5 and 8 yards while Cody Miller hauled in a 30-yard TD pass from Jon Haws.
Ryan Blake, Dylan Porter and Logan Stewart added touchdown scampers for the Broncs while Nick Stevens returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown.
Belfast (0-4)    0    0    0    8 — 8
Hampden (3-1)    21    33    7    10 — 71

Dexter 55, Old Town 23
At Old Town, Doug Richardson carried the ball 22 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns to help the Dexter Tigers pull away in the second half.
Mike Rosetti had 127 yards and one touchdown on seven carries and Tim Gustin had three TD’s and 75 yards on nine carries for the Tigers.
Rosetti, Zac Poirier and Alex Harvey each made six solo tackles while Mike Ellis had one sack and was in on six tackles.
Dexter (1-3)    6    15    14    20 — 55
Old Town (0-4)    7    0    8    8 — 23

Oak Hill 42, Madison 0
MADISON - Josh Allen rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries to lead Oak Hill to a 42-0 victory over Madison on Friday night.

The Raiders jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

After an early Madison fumble, Oak Hill scored on its first play from scrimmage when Ben Foss hauled in a 26-yard scoring toss from Brett Turcotte.

Foss finished with three catches for 60 yards, while Turcotte completed 4 of 8 passes for 75 yards.

Josh Prue added a pair of touchdown runs of 15 and 3 yards. He had 11 carries for 71 years.

Joel Wells also scored for Oak Hill. Kim Levesque was perfect on five point-after kicks and Trevor Samson successfully converted is only kick.

Oxford Hills 28, Mt. Ararat 7
TOPSHAM - Oxford Hills won its first game since the 2007 season with a 28-7 triumph over Mt. Ararat on Friday night.

The Eagles led 7-6 in the first quarter before the Vikings took command en route to a 20-6 lead by halftime. Oxford Hills had a pair of touchdown passes.
Maranacook 42, Boothbay 20
Luke Emery and Connor Lacasse each rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Black Bears past Boothbay (0-4) in a Campbell Conference Class C game in Readfield.

Emery rushed for 158 yards on 11 carries and Lacasse rushed for 123 on just seven carries for Maranacook (2-2).

"It was a good win," Maranacook coach Joe Emery said. "We have a good opponent next week in Winthrop. We'll enjoy this one this weekend, but we have a lot of work to do. We did some stuff well."

The Black Bears led 28-6 at the half and threw the ball just once. Erik Ogren also rushed for 52 yards.

Game recaps courtesy of:
Bangor Daily News  
Kennebec Journal 
Lewiston Sun Journal 
Portland Press Herald 
Seacoast Online 
Times Record 
Waterville Sentinel

Football: Skowhegan gets back to winning ways

Sport: Football  Posted: September 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette


SKOWHEGAN -- After three straight losses to open the season, Skowhegan football fans got a reminder of what the last few years were like.

Friday night's homecoming game against Brewer was classic Skowhegan football. The Indians dominated a few yards at a time and swarmed on defense to rack up a 42-6 victory at Clark Field.

"My boys just got motivated and they all took control of the game," said Skowhegan senior guard and linebacker Ian Candage, one of four captains for the Indians.

Skowhegan's first-team offense scored all six times it had the ball. Skowhegan outgained the Witches 462 to 189.

All facets of Skowhegan's offense were clicking against the Witches (1-3).

Taylor Bradley rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Dustin Corson added 94 yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts. And quarterback Jordan McGowan, after injuring his knee last Friday and practicing only one day this week, completed 3 of 4 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

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Football: Lawrence rolls to win over Mt. Blue

Sport: Football  Posted: September 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette


FAIRFIELD -- Lawrence High School's offense features one of the Pine Tree Confer-ence Class A division's leading rushers and an offensive line loaded with seniors. It also has a quarterback who is getting more and more comfortable and some talented pass catching threats.

In other words, the Bulldogs are diverse and dangerous.

Running back Christian Powers rushed for 83 yards on 14 carries and scored four times in the first half. Meanwhile, quarterback Bobby Belanger completed 8 of 10 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown, and Lawrence cruised to a 41-8 win against Mt. Blue High School on Friday night at Keyes Field.

"You have to sell out to play the run so much against these guys," Mt. Blue coach Gary Parlin said. "It is tough to defend the pass. We committed eight guys to the line of scrimmage, and our feeling was we were going to try to stop the run, and they have so many different things you have to try to take away something."

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Prugar, Wildcats hammer Patriots

Sport: Football  Posted: September 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

York's Jared Prugar runs for three TDs and throws for another in a rout of Gray-New Gloucester.

YORK — York used big plays to set up the scores and power and creativity to convert them in Friday's convincing 52-22 Class B win against Gray-New Gloucester.

It also helped to have Jared Prugar. The versatile fullback ran for three touchdowns and a pair of 2-point conversions, threw for a touchdown and a conversion, and added a 57-yard kick return to set up a scoring drive. He also stood out as the direct snap recipient in York's version of the wildcat offense popularized in recent years by the University of Arkansas and the Miami Dolphins.

"It's the second week we've been doing it. I really like it," Prugar said. "It's just a little switch it up."

The victory gives York (3-1) some validation as a team to consider in Western Maine Class B, just two weeks after taking a thumping at the hands of Cape Elizabeth. Gray-NG dipped to 2-2.

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Football: Cape just too much for Yachtsmen

Sport: Football  Posted: September 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Quarterback Ezra Wolfinger and receiver Finn Melanson connect for two TDs and set up a third.
By GLENN JORDAN, Staff Writer.

FALMOUTH — This wasn't the way it was supposed to be.

Growing up in the same neighborhood, Finn Melanson spent a significant chunk of his childhood throwing passes to Ezra Wolfinger.

"We live right down the street from each other," Wolfinger said. "We played backyard football all the time."

As high school freshmen, however, it became apparent a change was in order. Wolfinger's arm and Melanson's athleticism prompted Coach Aaron Filieo to switch their roles, and the result was on display for all to see Friday night, as Cape Elizabeth beat Falmouth 28-0 in a Western Class B football game.

Melanson caught nine passes from Wolfinger, two for touchdowns and another – after tipping it to himself and gathering it in while lying on his back – a yard short of the end zone that set up a score on the ensuing play.

"(Melanson) is an exceptional wide receiver," said Falmouth Coach John Fitzsimmons. "We had him very well covered at times, and somehow he came up with the ball. It was almost magical.

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Football: Kennebunk survives, defeating Marshwood

Sport: Football  Posted: September 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The Rams win 14-13 and improve to 2-2 after a late Marshwood drive ends up without points

KENNEBUNK — Kennebunk survived a late field-goal attempt, then ran out the clock Friday night for a 14-13 victory against Marshwood in a Western Class A football game.

Marshwood (0-4) took possession on its 17 with just over six minutes left, then used nine plays to get just outside the Kennebunk 8.

After Kennebunk (2-2) backed Marshwood up to the 12, the Hawks attempted a 30-yard field goal with 1:39 remaining.

Ryan Hyson managed to get the ball down after a high snap, but Ben Weaver's kick sailed right.

Kennebunk started the scoring in the first quarter when Nick Gross capped an 86-yard, 10-play drive, running it in from the 3.

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Football: Bulldogs hand Stags their first setback

Sport: Football  Posted: September 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Imadhi Zagon rushes for 187 yards and Will Walsh runs for another 150 as Portland routs Cheverus.
By RACHEL LENZI, Staff Writer September 26, 2009

PORTLAND — The Portland football team trusted its offensive snaps to three players Friday night – Jake Alexander, Imadhi Zagon and Gordon Parker.

All three shared Portland's quarterback duties, but when the Bulldogs were in reach of the end zone, the offense came down to Zagon.

The junior rushed for 187 yards on 28 carries and scored Portland's first two touchdowns in a 28-0 win over Cheverus on Friday at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

"This game meant a lot to us," said Zagon, whose team handed Cheverus its first loss of the season. "It was motivation for us to play them.

"We knew they were a strong team and we just had to come out with a maximum effort and do it on every play.

"We gave it all that we had; we really did."

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Football: Windham gets that signature victory

Sport: Football  Posted: September 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The Eagles down Deering 35-19 to stamp themselves as a Western Class A football contender.
By TOM CHARD, Staff Writer

WINDHAM — Trailing 13-0 in the second quarter and having had a touchdown called back, Windham stayed focused and took control, scoring 29 unanswered points behind the running of Jack Mallis and the passing of Jackson Taylor to beat Deering 35-19 in a Western Class A football game Friday night.

The Eagles (3-1) gained their first-ever victory against Deering and established themselves as a bona fide contender for the regional title.

"That's our first win over a top-tiered team," said Windham Coach Matt Perkins.

"It's not the way we wanted to start, but we were able to regroup against a very good football team. We found out what worked and went with it. I thought the line did a great job."

Mallis scored three touchdowns and gained 225 yards on 33 carries. Like he did the week before against Gorham, Mallis bulled, faked and outran the defense for his yardage. Taylor passed for two touchdowns.

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A great catch and a great defense help push Biddeford to 4-0.

Sport: Football  Posted: September 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Eye of the Tigers
By MIKE LOWE, Staff Writer

SCARBOROUGH — Biddeford High's defense continued its impressive play Friday night, but it was a late touchdown catch by Alex Villandry that left everyone at the Mitchell Sports Complex speechless.

Villandry made a leaping, one-handed, toe-dragging catch at the back of the end zone for the unbeaten Tigers' final touchdown in a 29-7 victory over winless Scarborough.

It came on a third-and-goal from the Scarborough 16. Travis Vigneault lobbed the ball to Villandry streaking down the right. He managed to outleap a defender, catch the ball in his right hand and, falling out of bounds, drag his feet in. That made it 28-0.

"At first I didn't think I could make the catch. I was just trying to knock it down," said Villandry. "But then I got up there and put one hand on it and thought, 'I can make this.' I pulled it in, dragged my feet and managed to stay inbounds."

Biddeford (4-0) held Scarborough's run game in check and put pressure on Kolbey Adams when he dropped to pass. The Tigers gave up only 153 yards.

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Football: Mountain Valley rolls past Poland

Sport: Football  Posted: September 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Bob McPhee, Staff Writer
Published: Sep 26, 2009 2:45 am

RUMFORD — There is a lot of pride surrounding the Mountain Valley football team and those traits came to the forefront in a Class B Campbell Conference tilt at Chet Bulger Field on Friday night.

Tyler Mason caught two touchdown passes and ran 51 yards for another score in the first half as the Falcons recorded a 41-0 triumph against winless Poland before a huge Homecoming crowd.

Mountain Valley (4-0) clicked on all cylinders offensively and crossed the goal line four times in the first half. Quarterback Chris Day threw scoring strikes of 57 and 44 yards to Mason down the right sideline. The Falcons were anxious to redeem themselves after rallying by Wells 27-20 last week.

"As I junior, I just wanted to come in tonight and help my team," Mason said. "They say a team like Poland isn't quite there yet, but we had to come out and hit hard. It really helps running behind our offensive line because they block so well."

Mason, with more than 230 all-purpose yards, returned a punt 60 yards to the Poland 18-yard line in the third quarter. On the first play, Matt Duka scored his second touchdown by breaking several tackles. Duka (111 yards, 12 rushes) used second and third efforts to score on a 23-yard scoring run in the first quarter.

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Football: Cougars capitalize on Tigers' miscues

Sport: Football  Posted: September 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Kalle Oakes, staff writer

JAY — Once Jay High School got the fifth quarter of last week's loss at Oak Hill out of the way Friday night, the Tigers were fine.

Problem is, when you spot Western Class C favorite Dirigo a three-touchdown lead before some of the home fans are finished washing down their tailgate grub, you might as well cash in the final three periods.

To Jay's credit, the Tigers didn't. But three lost fumbles in the opening stanza widened their eyes like a bad sequel of last Saturday's turnover-troubled matinee. Holding on for dear life and playing hard until every whistle for the duration wasn't enough to change the bottom line of a 34-12 Campbell Conference victory for the undefeated Cougars.

"I'll tell you, when we fumbled the kickoff, it was like, 'Oh, jeez, here we go,' Who knows what would have happened if we hadn't had that first quarter?" said Jay coach Mark Bonnevie, whose team committed six turnovers in last week's loss.

Jay's first miscue didn't lead directly to Dirigo points, but the Cougars ultimately took advantage of the resulting change in field position.

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