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Sport: Football  Posted: September 28th, 2008 by Tom Nolette



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(Cheverus) Stags win a shocker

Sport: Football  Posted: September 28th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer
Special to MBR


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PORTLAND—The first major upset of the 2008 Western Class A football season happened Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

The Cheverus Stags, a team few considered a playoff threat a mere three weeks ago, held off potent Gorham 22-16 behind a balanced offensive attack and some key defensive plays down the stretch to improve to 3-1 on the year, dropping the Rams to 2-2 in the process.

Cheverus' four-headed rushing attack of juniors Matt Ball and Matt Place and sophomores Andrew Poston and William Walsh combined to gain 202 yards and three touchdowns.

“It's a very good win,” Stags' coach John Wolfgram said. ““We knew we're a good team. We're just trying to move up the ladder in the league.”

Cheverus took it on the chin in its opener, falling 46-6 at home to defending state champion Bonny Eagle. The Stags then roared to life with a 20-14 upset win at South Portland before crushing host Westbrook 37-12.

Gorham opened with victories over South Portland and Portland before losing 49-32 in a shootout to visiting Deering.

The game was scheduled to be played at Boulos Stadium on the Cheverus campus, but the poor weather conditions forced the contest to be played on the turf at Fitzpatrick Stadium, a house of horrors for the Rams, who lost state finals there in 2003 and 2006.

Both offenses impressed in the first period.

Gorham won the toss for the opening kickoff and made an immediate statement when senior Doug Woods returned it 46 yards into Cheverus territory. The Rams then drove 48 yards in nine plays to take the lead.

Four runs for a total of 38 yards from junior Jonathan Day did most of the damage and Day capped the drive with a 6-yard TD run with 7:20 to play in the quarter. Woods ran in the two-point conversion and Gorham had an 8-0 lead.

Cheverus bounced right back.

The Stags drove 67 yards on 14 plays, getting consistent yards from Ball and Place before Walsh picked up 11 yards to put the ball at the Rams' 13. Five plays later, Ball barreled in from the 1 and after Walsh made a nice cutback en route to a two-point conversion, the game was deadlocked 8-8.

Gorham drove into Cheverus territory on its next series, but early in the second period, the Rams had to punt and the Stags began at their 13.

Cheverus would drive to take the lead for good and this time, it did most of its damage through the air as sophomore Peter Gwilym threw his lone pass of the day and hooked up with senior Ian Schwarz on a 51-yard bomb to the Gorham 14. Two plays later, Poston raced in from 11-yards out, taking advantage of a huge hole, and senior Ryan McQuaid added the point-after for a 15-8 lead midway through the second period.

The Rams would answer, moving 77 yards on seven plays. Woods and Day alternated carries to get things started, then Woods capped the drive, racing 41-yards untouched to the house with 2:33 remaining in the half. Woods attempted to put his team on top with a two-point conversion run, but Cheverus junior Thomas Marcisso stopped him short and the Stags had a 15-14 lead at the half.

The numbers were almost as balanced as the score at that point. Gorham had 171 yards of offense to 160 for the hosts.

Cheverus got the ball to start the third period and moved from its 14 to the 41 before having to punt. The Rams then took over at their 23 and got to the Stags' 39 before Woods was stopped short on a run on 4th-and-6, forcing a loss of downs.

Cheverus took over at its 39 with just under two minutes to play in the third quarter. One minute and 14 seconds into the fourth, the Stags were in the end zone again.

This time, Walsh was the star attraction, carrying on all seven plays, capped by a 20-yard burst through the line to the end zone. Walsh lowered his shoulder and dragged a defender over the line for good measure. McQuaid's extra point made it 22-14 with 10:46 to play.

Gorham then embarked on another drive which it hoped would tie the score. The Rams moved from their 19 to the Cheverus 42. Woods then rambled 8 yards, but fumbled and Stags' senior Tyler Cooke pounced on it. In the midst of the celebration, however, the officials ruled that the whistle had blown and that the play was dead, allowing Gorham to maintain possession.

But five plays later, Woods put the ball on the ground again and this time Cheverus came up with possession and got to keep it.

With 4:27 to go, the Stags started at their 9, but only gained 2 yards. Then, on fourth down, disaster ensued when Schwarz's punt was blocked. Luckily for the hosts, the ball bounced out of the end zone for just a two-point safety, and it was a 22-16 contest with 3:25 to go.

Gorham then got a chance to win it. The ensuing free kick was returned to the Cheverus 47.

Woods gained 2 yards on first down and Day picked up 3 on second. Woods got the ball again on third down, but only managed a yard, setting up fourth-and-4. After the Rams took their last timeout, they were flagged for a false start (penalties killed them all game) and Day's fourth down run only gained a yard as seniors Anthony DiPhilippo and Jake Watson hauled him down.

“Everybody came up big,” DiPhilippo said. “We were pushing hard on the defensive line. We stuffed it.”

The Stags then ran three plays, draining the clock, before erupting in celebration of their unexpected 22-16 triumph.

 This was an important step to beat a very good team,” Wolfgram said. “Gorham's a very good team. Their offense is very good. No one stops them. We wanted to make them earn the field. We played with a strong resolution. I thought that was the key. I was impressed with the way the kids played for 48 minutes. I thought a number of things were big. We played hard for 48 minutes. I thought the kids will was very strong. I thought we got a number of contributions from different people. That was key. The kids stepped up when they had to.”

The players were jubilant.

“This feels great,” DiPhilippo said. “Win number three. It's the first time we've been over .500 since coach Wolfgram's been here. It's another step we climbed. We came out and played hard and battled. We have really good team chemistry. Everybody plays and practices hard.”

“(Being picked not to win this game) was a big motivator,” added Walsh. “They came out flat and we took it to them. The offense held the ball and our defense was really good. We're on a roll.”

Cheverus was outgained 276 yards to 255, but that proved to be irrelevant. Walsh led the offense with 97 yards and a TD on 16 carries. Place gained 59 yards on 13 carries. Ball picked up 33 and a score on seven attempts and Poston had 13 yards and a TD on four rushes.

Gorham was paced by Day, who picked up 167 yards and a TD on 24 carries. Woods had 137 yards and a score on 19 attempts. He also caught the Rams' lone successful pass of the game, good for 13 yards.

Ultimately, the Rams were doomed by their untimely turnover and nine penalties for 69 yards.

Conversely, the Stags were only flagged three times for 22 yards.

Gorham will hope to get back on track Friday when it plays at 0-3 Sanford in a crossover game. The Rams also have contests with Windham, Westbrook and Bonny Eagle remaining.

Cheverus, meanwhile, hopes to earn a fourth victory for the first time since 2003 next Saturday when it hosts 4-0 Massabesic in a crossover with a special starting time of 3:30 p.m.

The Stags then battle Portland, Windham and Deering down the stretch.

“We've got some tough games coming up,” DiPhilippo said.

That may be, but there's now no doubt that Cheverus can handle the challenges.


BOX SCORE
G- 8 6 0 2- 16
C- 8 7 0 7- 22
First quarter
G—Day 6 run (Woods rush)
C—Ball 1 run (Walsh rush)
Second quarter
C—Poston 11 run (McQuaid kick)
G—Woods 41 run (rush failed)
Third quarter
No scoring
Fourth quarter
C—Walsh 20 run (McQuaid kick)
G—Safety, blocked kick out of end zone

STATISTICS
Rushing:
Gorham- Day 24-167-1, Woods 19-137-1, Moody 2-8, Stover 4-4
Cheverus- Walsh 16-97-1, Place 13-59, Ball 7-33-1, Poston 4-13-1, Gwilym 1-0, DiPhilippo 1- (-2)
Passing:
Gorham- Moody 1-2-13
Cheverus- Gwilym 1-1-51
Receiving:
Gorham- Woods 1-13
Cheverus- Schwarz 1-51
Turnovers
Gorham 1
Cheverus 0

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Deering rolls in the rain ( vs. Portland)

Sport: Football  Posted: September 27th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer
Special to MBR


'Sponsored by Rivalries'
10 Cotton Street in Portland's Old Port
"Where every day is a victory celebration"

Rivalries


PORTLAND—On a miserable night for just about everybody at Memorial Field, one player's performance was a thing of beauty.

Deering senior Jack Heary continued his season of dominance with another second half explosion, leading the Rams to a 34-7 victory over visiting Portland in a game that was closer than expected for awhile.

Portland almost took the lead just before halftime, but Deering dominated the rest of the way, as Heary once again ran wild, finishing with 255 yards and five TDs on 21 carries.

“I love playing in these conditions,” Heary said. “It's real football. If you're in the stands or on the sidelines, it can't be too much fun, but if you're playing, it's the best.”

Deering was coming off a 49-32 victory at Gorham in a game which saw Heary rush for 300 yards and four TDs (he added a fifth on a kickoff return). The Rams had also won at Windham and at home over Westbrook.

Portland, meanwhile, got off to a good start with a victory at Westbrook before dropping home games to Gorham and Windham.

While the Bulldogs have a huge advantage historically against the Rams, Deering has dominated since 2003. The Rams had won every meeting but one in that span (including 33-16 last year at Fitzpatrick Stadium) and were expected by most to blow their rivals out.

That was far from the case. Especially at the beginning.

After Portland won the coin toss and deferred possession to the second half, Deering got a solid kickoff return from senior Mike Cowie and started at its 43. Senior Matt Alves gained 16 yards on the first play and Heary picked up 5 on his first carry, but sophomore quarterback Jamie Ross was thrown for a 4 yard loss by Bulldogs' sophomore Carl Szanton and Heary was held to 2 yards on third-and-9, forcing a punt.

Portland started at its 20 and gained a first down on a run from explosive sophomore Imadhi Zagon, but a pair of fumbled exchanges forced a punt. Junior Jake Alexander boomed a 54-yard kick, pinning the Rams at their 18.

On first down, Heary picked up a loose ball and gained a yard before being tackled. The Bulldogs were then flagged for a facemask penalty and the game took on a somber tone as Portland senior Kyle Roberts went down with injury and ultimately had to leave by ambulance (happily, he did return to the sideline later in the game).

After a 20-minute delay, the center-quarterback exchange was fumbled and Zagon recovered at the Deering 45. The Bulldogs couldn't do anything with their good fortune, however, losing five yards on three plays and the hosts took over at their 20 after a touchback on the punt.

Two plays later, the Rams fumbled again and this time junior Kevin Neilsen recovered for the visitors at Deering's 25. A 5-yard loss by Zagon and a false start penalty prevented Portland from taking advantage and the hosts got the ball back at their 20. After Heary gained 3 yards on the final play of the scoreless first quarter, the Rams' offense came to life.

Heary began the second stanza with a 19-yard run. After gaining 7 yards after picking up a loose ball and reversing fields, he finished the five-play, 80-yard drive with a 51-yard touchdown run, racing up the middle before cutting back to the left sideline and racing to paydirt. Ross' extra point made it 7-0 Deering.

After the teams traded punts, the Bulldogs tied things up. Starting at their 12, Zagon gained 9 yards and Szanton rushed for 4 before Zagon took a handoff, ran up the gut, cut left, then outran the pursuit for a 75-yard score which made it 7-7 with 3:50 to play in the half.

The Rams answered immediately, driving 62 yards on five plays. A 54-yard Heary scamper put the ball on the Portland 4. Three plays later, Heary barely got into the end zone from the 1 to put Deering ahead to stay. Ross' point-after was blocked, but the Rams had the lead, 13-7.

When the Bulldogs began at their 34 with under a minute to go, they were expected to run out the clock and not risk a turnover, but they did just the opposite and that decision almost turned into a lead.

After Zagon gained 15-yards on a rush, junior Jason Strauss dropped back to pass and launched a rainbow over the Deering secondary. Alexander was open, but couldn't handle the throw. After Strauss scrambled for 23-yards, the Rams jumped off-side. With time winding down, Zagon picked up 18 more yards to the Deering 24, but Strauss' throw into the end zone as time expired was batted away by Rams' senior Tommy MacDuff.

Portland managed 130 yards of offense to 177 for Deering in the first 24 minutes. That would change dramatically in the second half.

After the Bulldogs went three-and-out to start the third period (a Cowie sack proved huge in the series), the Rams extended their lead.

Starting at the Portland 45, Heary picked up 15 on first down, then, after Alves was stuffed for no gain, Heary scored from 30-yards out, cutting back twice to elude the defense en route. Cowie's two-point conversion run was stuffed, but Deering had a 19-7 advantage.

After forcing a punt, the Rams scored again. This drive took five plays and traversed 37 yards. Heary capped it by running untouched for a 6-yard score. Ross' two-point rush gave Deering a 27-7 lead with 3:22 to play in the quarter.

Another Cowie sack short-circuited Portland's hopes on its next series. Strauss did hit Zagon for a 4-yard reception (the only successful pass play on the night for either side) on the final play of the quarter, but the Bulldogs had to punt to start the fourth and the Rams would again find the end zone.

On second-and-5 at Portland's 31, Heary got free for the touchdown and Ross' PAT made it 34-7 with 10:59 to go.

The Bulldogs had three more possessions, but couldn't answer and the game ended with Deering improving to 4-0 with the 34-7 victory.

“We just came out and really wanted it in the second half,” Heary said. “That was the difference. In the first half, the weather made it a game where it was more equal. We really didn't have the energy we had in the second half. We did step it up and came through with a 'W.'

“It's fun to beat Portland. You never know what's going to happen. It's just a fun game to play.”

Heary has scored 10 touchdowns in the past two weeks and makes the game look ridiculously easy at times, but he, like everyone else on the field, had his share of challenges Friday night in a game which saw the ball fumbled 13 times.

“It's tough holding on,” Heary said. “The ball's slick. You just have to do it. It's part of the game.”

Deering finished with 301 yards of offense. Alves gained 30 yards on 7 carries. Ross picked up 7 yards on 2 carries.

For Portland (1-3), Zagon led the way with 156 yards and a TD on 23 attempts. Szanton had 10 yards on 4 rushes. The Bulldogs mustered just 1 second half yard and finished with a total of 131. Portland was also stymied by 7 penalties, good for 65 yards (Deering was flagged four times for 20 yards).

“We played well,” Portland coach Mike Bailey said. “We were pretty fired up. They're a good football team. They came out in the second half and possessed the ball. We gave Jack too many touches. In the first half, we didn't. It was more balanced. (Imadhi's) starting to get the feel of it. He's young.”

The Bulldogs next go to 3-1 Scarborough. That begins an easier stretch for the squad.

“We can give them a game,” Bailey said. “We're trying to get through injuries and get better. We can win three of our last four and go 4-4. That could get us in the playoffs.”

The Rams will host Marshwood next week in their crossover game. Then, Deeirng goes to Bonny Eagle for the “Game of the Year” Oct. 10, with the top playoff seed likely at stake.

“It's going to be scary to see where we are in a couple weeks if we keep improving,” Heary warned.

BOX SCORE
P- 0 7 0 0- 7
D- 0 13 14 7- 34
First quarter
No scoring
Second quarter
D—Heary 51 run (Ross kick)
P—Zagon 75 run (Szanton kick)
D—Heary 1 run (kick blocked)
Third quarter
D—Heary 30 run (rush failed)
D—Heary 6 run (Ross rush)
Fourth quarter
D—Heary 31 run (Ross kick)

STATISTICS
Rushing:
Portland- Zagon 23-156-1, Strauss 2-12, Alexander 3-10, Szanton 4-10, Zukowski 2- (-4)
Deering- Heary 21-255-5, Alves 7-30, Cowie 3-8, Ross 2-7, Coombs 3-6, Hammond 1-5
Passing:
Portland- Strauss 1-7-4
Deering- None
Receiving:
Portland- Zagon 1-4
Deering- None
Sacks
Cowie 2
Turnovers
Deering 2
Portland 0

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