Cheverus, Deering improve to 3-0; Portland makes it 2 straight

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City football teams had another banner weekend, with all three winning for the second week in a row.

The defending Class A state champion Cheverus Stags rolled to a 3-0 record with a surprisingly easy 42-18 win at Bonny Eagle. The loss dropped the preseason favorite Scots to a shocking 0-3.

Senior standout Spencer Cooke had a hand in all six touchdowns, rushing for scores from 38, 7, 16 and 44-yards, throwing a 10-yard TD pass to junior Jackson McMann and returning an interception for a 50-yard score.

Cooke finished with 141 yards on 16 carries.

“The offensive line blocked great tonight,” Cooke said. “I just followed them and scored.”

One of those linemen laughed and shook his head when asked about Cooke’s performance.

“He had a heck of a game,” said senior captain and two-way tackle Christian Deschenes, who was caked in dirt and blood after the game. “He always does though. I just expect it from him now.”

“This was a big game for us,” added Cheverus coach John Wolfgram. “(Bonny Eagle’s) a tough team. They’re tough at home. They’re the best team of this decade. It wasn’t tough getting our players ready for this game.”

The Stags, who have now won 15 successive games, return home Saturday to meet dangerous 2-1 Sanford. Cheverus last faced the Redskins Oct. 1, 2004 (a 28-13 Sanford victory).

Deering has won the first three games of the Jon Gallant Era. Friday, the Rams went to Kennebunk and held on for a 32-20 win, in their first ever meeting with the York County Rams.

Deering got the jump when senior Renaldo Lowry caught a 25-yard TD pass from classmate Matt Flaherty. The Rams clung to a 13-7 lead at the half, then opened it up to 25-14 after three. Kennebunk scored again in the fourth, but Deering got an insurance TD and went on to the 32-20 victory.

The Rams host ancient rival Portland Friday night.

The Bulldogs opened the 2011 season with a 39-0 shutout loss at Massabesic, but have since turned it around. After a 39-12 win at Noble, Portland had its home opener Friday and eked out a victory over Gorham.

Junior Nick Volger’s TD run capped a superb opening drive and gave the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead after one period. The Rams went up 8-6, but Volger struck again, this time on defense, returning an interception for a long TD and a 12-8 lead at the break. Portland’s defense hung on from there and Portland improved to 2-1 with the 12-8 victory.

“I was pleased,” said Bulldogs coach Mike Bailey. “Our offense is still a work in progress with a freshman quarterback, a freshman fullback and a sophomore and a junior at tailback. I was pleased with our first drive when we scored. We still need to become more consistent offensively. The Gorham TD came after we went for it on fourth down. I should have punted the ball. Nick’s playing very well. He runs hard and sees the field very well. We’re heading in the right direction.”

Portland goes to Deering Friday for the teams’ annual regular season showdown. Last year, the Rams won, 21-14, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in the season opener. The Bulldogs haven’t beaten Deering since Sept. 16, 2005 (13-9).

“We have five tough weeks ahead,” said Bailey, as Portland will also face Windham, Thornton Academy, Cheverus and South Portland. “Deering will be a test. They should be favored, based on them being 3-0. They look good. They can run the ball and throw it. They play good defense. They’re very balanced. Flaherty is no Jamie Ross, but he throws the ball well and can run. The kids are pretty excited.”

Freelance writer Tom Minervino contributed to this story.

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

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Cheverus senior Cam Olson knocks back Bonny Eagle junior Tyson Goodale while junior Brent Green has Goodale by the ankle during the Stags’ dominating 42-18 win at the Scots Friday night.

Cheverus seniors Colie Walsh (left) and Christian Deschenes team up to bring down Bonny Eagle senior Matt Burnell.

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