Cape wins at Wells in the rain to earn top seed; Scarborough, SP also playoff-bound

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Cape Elizabeth quarterback Jeb Boeschenstein celebrates a touchdown during the Capers’ 13-7 win at Wells Friday. Most of the second half was played in a downpour, but Cape Elizabeth held on to finish undefeated and earn the top seed in Class C South.

Cape Elizabeth’s Peyton Weatherbie scores a first half touchdown during Friday night’s win at Wells.

(Ed. Note: For the complete Cape Elizabeth-Wells game story, with a box score and additional photos, see theforecaster.net)

The high school football regular season has come and gone and Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland will now turn their attention to making a playoff run.

The Capers finished the regular season with an exhilarating 13-7 win at Wells, a victory which gave them the top seed for the Class C South playoffs.

The Red Storm closed with an emphatic 39-0 win at Deering to wind up 6-2 and third in Class A South.

The Red Riots finished with a 47-0 loss to Portland in the “Battle of the Bridge” and at 2-6 will be the No. 6 seed in Class A South.

Statement win

Cape Elizabeth was barely tested its first seven games, but got to measure its mental toughness when it went to Wells last Friday night.

The Capers passed with flying colors, as they overcame a powerful foe and some truly awful weather conditions in the second half.

The Capers couldn’t have asked for a better start, as the Warriors fumbled on the game’s first play, but the visitors couldn’t punch it in.

Wells continued to play the role of gracious host on its next series, fumbling again and this time, Cape Elizabeth went ahead to stay when Ryan Weare bulled in from the 1 with 7:05 to go in the first quarter.

“I was very angry when we didn’t score (the first time), but we made up for it and got that touchdown,” Weare said. “I was glad we were able to take advantage.”

After Jack Glanville blocked a punt, Peyton Weatherbie scored on a 2-yard run with 4:42 remaining in the frame and it appeared as if the Capers might be en route to an easy victory, but they wouldn’t score again.

Moments after the rain started coming down, after a miscue on a Cape Elizabeth punt late in the third period, the Warriors took advantage of good field position and got on the board on an amazing individual effort by Evan Whitten, who refused to be tackled and fought his way into the end zone for an 11-yard TD, cutting the deficit to 13-7.

The Capers defense wasn’t about to let Wells steal this one, however, as Nat Spicer and Ben Ekedahl intercepted passes late and Cape Elizabeth went on to the victory. 

“This is what we live for,” Ekedahl said. “It was an amazing game. It was our defense. It’s been amazing all year. We just made the plays at the end. (Wells is) a tough team full of passion, but we were able to win it.”

“I like to play a game like this once,” said Cape Elizabeth coach Aaron Filieo. “I’m glad we did and I’m glad we won. It lived up to billing. I hope it does again in the regional championship, if we get there. 

“We haven’t played this type of game all season and we knew it would be tough. I wanted to find out what the guys were made of. I wanted to know if we’d have the mental toughness when the going got tough and we definitely did. It was a character game.”

Cape Elizabeth hosts No. 8 Poland (2-6) in the quarterfinals Friday. On Sept. 9, the Capers beat the host Knights, 42-0. The teams have never met in the playoffs.

“We’re a confident team right now,” Ekedahl said. “We like playing together. We have good chemistry.”

“We have some tough games ahead,” Weare said. “It’s a marathon not a sprint. We’re doing pretty well, but we need to keep going.”

“We need to clean up some things,” Filieo added. “We’ll look at the film and see what we need to work on offensively. Being at home will be huge.”

Collision course

Scarborough will host South Portland in the Class A South quarterfinals Friday. The Red Storm downed the host Red Riots, 38-6, on Oct. 7. The teams have no playoff history.

The Red Storm closed their regular season in style at Deering, going ahead, 12-0, after one quarter on a touchdown run from Owen Garrard and a TD pass from Zoltan Panyi to Eric Quirk. Garrard’s second touchdown run made it 18-0 at halftime. Scarborough ended all doubt tin the third period behind two more TD runs from Garrard. A Drew LeClair scoring scamper in the fourth accounted for the 39-0 final score.

South Portland’s all-time lead in the “Battle of the Bridge” fell to 54-44 (with three ties) after a 47-0 home loss to Portland. The Bulldogs went up, 13-0, after one quarter, 27-0 at halftime and 47-0 after three quarters.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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