City football teams win handily

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It was a smashing good time for city football teams last weekend.

The best news Friday night came from Memorial Field where Deering got in the win column for the first time, 28-9, over Biddeford.

The Rams, who led most of the way before suffering a tough 28-21 home loss to Scarborough the week before, never trailed against the Tigers. A long kickoff return from Kenny Sweet set up a 9-yard touchdown run from Dominic Lauture to put Deering ahead to stay in the first quarter. After Biddeford got on the board with a safety, a 50-yard pass from Sweet to Ricardo Delgado made it 14-2. The Tigers got a touchdown back to pull within 14-9 at the the half, but a third quarter interception return for a touchdown by Dan Marzilli and a fourth period Sweet-to-James Doyle 8-yard TD pass put it away.

Sweet rushed for over 100 yards, threw two TD passes, made 11 tackles and intercepted three Biddeford passes.

The 1-4 Rams (tied for 10th in the Western Class A Crabtree Points standings, the top eight teams make the playoffs) go to 3-2 Noble Friday. Last year, the Rams dominated the visiting Knights, 41-8. Deering still has games remaining at home versus South Portland and at Cheverus.

Portland continued its surge and is now 4-1 after manhandling visiting Noble, 35-0, at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

The Bulldogs got the only points they’d need when Jake Fogel scored on a first quarter touchdown blocked punt return. A TD pass from Ryan Ruhlin to Garang Majok and a Justin Zukowski scoring run made it 21-0 at halftime. Zukowski’s second TD run in the third period made it 28-0 and Ruhlin accounted for the final score with a short touchdown run in the fourth period.

Portland (fourth in the Crabtrees) goes to 1-4 Biddeford Friday as it seeks its fourth successive win. The teams last met two years ago (a 35-7 Biddeford win at Fitzpatrick Stadium). The Bulldogs close the regular season with a home showdown versus Scarborough and the “Battle of the Bridge” game at South Portland.

Then there’s Cheverus, which keeps winning with regularity and in lopsided fashion. Saturday afternoon, in a game moved to Fitzpatrick Stadium from Boulos Stadium due to poor field conditions, the two-time defending Class A state champion Stags made it 29 straight victories, two shy of the state record, with a 55-14 pummeling of Gorham.

Like just every Cheverus game of late, this one was over quickly.

A 10-yard TD pass from Liam Fitzpatrick to Noah Stebbins and a 5-yard Brent Green scoring run made it 14-0 Stags after one quarter. By halftime, the score was 42-0, as Fitzpatrick hit Jackson McMann for a 30-yard TD pass, Donald Goodrich broke free for a 30-yard scoring run, Green ran in from a yard out and Cody O’Brien scored on a 7-yard TD scamper. With the starters out of the game, Joe Fitzpatrick scored on a 3-yard TD run to make it 49-0 after three quarters. A 5-yard run from O’Brien ended the Stags’ scoring. Gorham got a couple of cosmetic scores late to account for the final.

Cheverus (tied with Thornton Academy for first in the Crabtrees) is home with Bonny 2-3 Bonny Eagle Saturday. The game time has been moved to 3 p.m., due to SAT testing. A year ago, the Stags won in Standish, 42-18. If Cheverus passes that test and Thornton Academy doesn’t stumble at 3-2 Windham, the biggest regular season game in recent memory will occur Oct. 13. The Stags would be looking to tie the all-time state consecutive wins record in a showdown which would have enormous playoff and homefield advantage implications. Cheverus finishes the regular season Oct. 20 at home against Deering.

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

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