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Gorham 2, Cheverus 1

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: September 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Kyle Lybelczik scored on a breakaway with eight minutes left to give the Rams a win over the Stags.

Gorham took the lead 10 minutes into the second half on a goal by Colin Lybelczik. Thomas Mourmouras tied it five minutes later.

Pete Potthoff made 14 saves for Cheverus. Tim Hardy of Gorham had six saves

Westbrook 1, South Portland 1

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: September 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

SOUTH PORTLAND — Heath Leclair of Westbrook scored the tying goal eight minutes into the second half, and the Blue Blazes earned a 1-1 tie against South Portland.

Nemanja Kurin converted a first-half penalty kick for the Red Riots.

Garrett Poitras made five saves for Westbrook, and Brian Hyson had seven saves for South Portland.

Boys Soccer: Waynflete takes down Traip in boys soccer

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: September 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By DREW CLANCY
Portsmouth Herald
 
KITTERY, Maine — Despite opening the season at home, the Traip Academy boys soccer team could not overcome an early offensive onslaught by Waynflete and fell 3-1 in Western Maine Class C action.

Tucker Geoffroy had two goals for the Flyers, while senior captain Sam Cleaves had one. Traip goalie Jay Cuttle had 15 saves.

"I just have to keep (the ball) out of the net, until we put one in the net," Cuttle said.

Traip head coach Paul Marquis was not surprised by the outcome. "It was a lot of what I expected," Marquis said. "We're a young team. We need to put the pieces in the puzzle together."


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Boys Soccer: George, Rams blank Witches

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: September 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Larry Mahoney
BDN Staff
 
BREWER, Maine — The Bangor High School Rams entered Friday night’s mutual boys soccer season opener against rival Brewer with a 45-3-3 record over the past three seasons.

And the Rams showed why they’ve won two Eastern Maine Class A titles and one state championship during that span.

Senior striker Nick George scored three goals and assisted on another and his cousin, junior striker Phil Frost, added a goal and two assists as Bangor registered an impressive 5-0 triumph at Doyle Field.

Senior left midfielder Brian Loiselle scored the other Bangor goal and also collected an assist. Adam King contributed an assist; senior goalkeeper Bud Angst made two saves on three shots and Clark Noonan anchored the defense.

Brewer goalie Shawn Williams played well in defeat, finishing with 11 saves on 39 shots including several gems off clean break-ins. Sweeper Tyler Bessette also played well for Brewer.

“I was pretty busy. They’re awesome,” said Williams. “They made a lot of smart passes. They’re a smart team.”


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Boys Soccer: Greely, a perennial Western Class A contender, dominates its season opener.

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: September 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By PAUL BETIT, Staff Writer

FREEPORT — The Greely boys' soccer team unveiled a new alignment Friday, and it worked to perfection.

Sean Ross, Francisco Marquis and Will Lones scored as the Rangers opened the Western Maine Conference season with a 3-0 win against Freeport.

Greely, which has advanced to the Western Class A final in four of the past five seasons, used a flat-back four alignment for the first time in a varsity game, and it stifled the Falcons' offense while increasing Greely's offensive chances.

"When you play that flat four, you can have a lot more guys involved in the offense, and we had trouble marking their outside backs," Freeport Coach Joe Heathco said. "It's a real good system, especially for a skilled team like that."

The Rangers have junked their traditional diamond defense in favor of the new alignment, in which the backs defend zones rather then marking opponents man-to-man.


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Footbal: Wells 21, Greely 0

Sport: Football  Posted: September 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Weston Gregg caught two touchdown passes and ran for another score.

Gregg caught passes of 35 and 45 yards from Paul McDonough, and added an 8-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

Nate Chase started the scoring with a safety in the second quarter for Wells, which didn't allow a second-half first down.

Football: Bonny Eagle 48, Westbrook 2

Sport: Football  Posted: September 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Nick Adkins scored three touchdowns to lead Bonny Eagle.

The Scots led 27-0 at halftime, then put the game out of reach with 21 points in the third quarter.

Two of Bonny Eagle's third-quarter touchdowns came on punt returns, a 56-yarder by Ryan Nason and a 68-yarder by Adkins.

In the first half, Adkins scored on a 28-yard run and snagged a 28-yard TD pass from Nason. Nason scored on a 16-yard run in the second quarter and opened the scoring with a 23-yard pass to Steve Martin.

Football: Waterville 21, Morse 20:

Sport: Football  Posted: September 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Waterville rallied from a 14-0 deficit with two fourth-quarter touchdowns and one in overtime to secure the victory

Morse led 14-0 on two Mike Walton touchdown passes before Josh Gaudette threw two TD passes in the fourth.

Pat Wolfe rushed for a 2-yard score in overtime, but the Shipbuilders missed the extra point. Waterville then ran the ball into the end zone, and Gaudette sealed the victory with the extra point

Football: MDI 35, Belfast 18

Sport: Football  Posted: September 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Derek Colbeth rushed 18 times for 136 yards and scored two touchdowns to help lead Mount Desert Island past Belfast.

MDI held a 21-18 lead in the fourth quarter until Duncan Smith scored on a 31-yard touchdown run. Elias Burne added another touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Burne totaled 56 yards on 15 carries and scored two touchdowns for MDI. The Trojans totaled 373 yards on 54 plays.
Willie Fogg scored two touchdowns to pace Belfast. Matt Sanderson also scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter. The Lions had 158 yards on 44 plays.
Chase Bickford led MDI’s defense with nine tackles, three sacks and a blocked punt. Taylor Stewart recorded 12 tackles

Jay 34, Sacopee Valley 2

Sport: Football  Posted: September 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Jordan DeMillo rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries as Jay  defeats Sacopee Valley 34-2 

Jordan Couture got the Tigers rolling with a 7-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. In the second stanza, DeMillo raced 47 yards for a score. Later in the quarter, quarterback Austin Clark kept the ball himself on a 17-yard scoring run and the Tigers led 20-2 at the intermission.

Couture and DeMillo both added touchdown runs in the second half for the Tigers, who kept the ball on the ground for most of the game.

The game marked the first varsity contest for the Hawks. Their lone score came on a second-quarter safety, which made the score 14-2 at the time.

"Jay's a very tough football team," said Sacopee Valley coach Carl Landry. "I was proud our kids hung tough."

Football: Ponies cash in on turnovers, give White first coaching victory

Sport: Football  Posted: September 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Foxcroft beats rival MA Lynx

By Ernie Clark
BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — A new era in Foxcroft Academy football began inauspiciously, with Mattanawcook Academy scoring on its first possession in their season opener against the Ponies on Friday night.

But Foxcroft rebounded in impressive fashion, forcing four MA turnovers and scoring 28 unanswered points to defeat the Lynx 28-7 in an LTC battle at Curry Field.

The win was the first for new Foxcroft head coach Danny White, who replaced Paul Withee after 19 seasons.

“What we said going back all the way to before we started was that we needed to find an identity, we needed to find ourselves and who we are, and it’s really tough to do that until you actually compete against someone else,” said the 24-year-old White, a former three-sport standout at Foxcroft.

“I told the guys tonight we find out who we are, we form an identity for ourselves, and I really, truly feel like it happened. We responded in a tough situation. They came right down and scored on us, but then we made the plays we needed to play.”


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Football: Powers scores 6 TDs as Lawrence rolls

Sport: Football  Posted: September 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

BY TRAVIS LAZARCZYK Staff Writer

FAIRFIELD -- One week into the high school football season and Lawrence coach John Hersom may have the understatement of the year.

"Overall, for the first week, I'm pretty happy with our execution," Hersom said minutes after his team defeated Brewer 61-20 at Keyes Field.

Happy doesn't describe how Hersom should feel, because the Bulldogs were close to perfect on offense. Lawrence scored five touchdowns in a span of 13 offensive plays in the first half. Senior running back Christian Powers scored six touchdowns: Five rushing and one on an 85-yard fumble return.

"We were really pumped up," said Powers, who ran for 106 yards on just eight carries and added a 40-yard punt return. "We wanted to put up 35 points in the first two minutes. We had a great forward lean."

The Bulldogs didn't score as quickly as Powers hoped, but they came close. Quarterback Devin Sherman's 46-yard touchdown run got it started just more than two minutes into the game. Powers then added touchdown runs of 13, 16 and 13 yards on his first three carries to push the Lawrence lead to 28-0 at the end of the first quarter.


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Football: Maranacook honors Gibson with victory under the lights

Sport: Football  Posted: September 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

BY BILL STEWART
Staff Writer

READFIELD -- An air horn blared, three coaches exchanged high-fives and a sea of Black Bears charged the freshly lit field.

After shaking hands with their opponent, members of the Maranacook Community High School football team then raced to the far end zone and yelled in unison, "One, two, three, Ricky!"

Indeed, they would later say, this one was for their teammate and friend Ricky Gibson III, who died in April with an inoperable brain tumor.

In an emotional night, Maranacook edged Traip Academy 13-6 on Ricky Gibson Field of Dreams. It marked the first game played under lights at Maranacook.

"It was pretty awesome," said Maranacook sophomore tailback Luke Emery, who rushed for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns. "Playing under the lights, it was pretty special."

Added senior tailback Henry Norwood, who rushed for 34 yards: "It was unbelievable. The lights coming down on you. I can't explain it."

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Football: Foster, Knox lift Messalonskee

Sport: Football  Posted: September 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

 BY SCOTT MARTIN

OAKLAND -- Ryan Backus and AJ Larrabee got Mt. Blue back into the game when they hooked up for a 74-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter Friday night. The Cougars defense then made a key fourth down stop, taking over at their own 33 on the first drive of the fourth quarter.

Dylan Foster changed things in a hurry.

Foster returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown with 8 minutes, 1 second left in the fourth quarter to turn a four-point Messalonskee lead into a 10-point lead. The Eagles added another score late in the fourth quarter and beat the Cougars 28-12 in the Pine Tree Conference Class A football season opener for both teams on Friday.

"It was good to have a two possession game against a team like that," Foster said. "They can throw the ball a lot, so to get that momentum was big."

Messalonskee dominated possession of the ball in the first half thanks to its strong offensive line play and led 8-0 thanks to a 1-yard TD run by Foster in the first quarter.

 
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Football: Winthrop earns dramatic victory

Sport: Football  Posted: September 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By MATT DIFILIPPO
Staff Writer

MADISON — Winthrop football coach Joel Stoneton wanted to see how his young team would react in a game-on-the-line situation. Hardly anyone thought it would happen Friday night against Madison.

But Madison, bolstered by the addition of Carrabec players, battled Winthrop through regulation and two overtimes. Winthrop finally pulled out a 22-14 victory when sophomore Mike Geschwind batted down a pass at the goal line to end the second overtime.

“We didn’t really know where we were as a team, and I felt like we really bonded tonight,” Stoneton said. “We had a huge gut-check, and the kids pulled through. That’s the best thing that could have happened to them. These guys have never been tested. They got tested tonight, and they came through.”

Winthrop defeated Madison 61-0 last year on its way to a perfect regular season.

 
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