Drama, triumph on the gridiron

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Last weekend’s local football story featured three games and three wins, with varying degree of ease.

The most compelling came in Standish, where Scarborough took it to the wire to edge Bonny Eagle, 27-26.

The Red Storm lost their opener, 47-26, to visiting Portland and desperately wanted to avoid an 0-2 start against a team which always gives them fits. 

The Scots scored first, but Scarborough pulled back within 7-6 on a Jack Hughes to Connor Kelly touchdown pass. Bonny Eagle then stretched its lead to 20-6 before Owen Garrard’s TD run made it 20-13 at halftime. A Hughes to Jake Gardner touchdown pass tied the score in the third period, but the Scots went back ahead in the fourth. Then, with less than a minute to play, Hughes hit Gardner from 47-yards out and Wyatt Peoples added the extra point to give the Red Storm a 27-26 victory, as they evened their record at 1-1.

Hughes finished 24-of-38 with three scores and ran 17 times for 103 yards.

“We were really pleased with the effort we got from our players last week in practice,” said Scarborough coach Lance Johnson. “We knew we would have to improve in many areas to go out to Bonny Eagle and compete with them. We spread the ball around on offense and found a way to make a play at the end of the game.

“The defense in the second half did a great job, only giving up six points. Our defensive line, Josh Reed, Mahlon Glidden, Noah Davoli and Jacob Gardner, played well and allowed us to get back in the game. Jack threw to the open receiver and ran extremely hard. We had seven different receivers catch passes and our three wideouts, Connor Kelly, Tim Carion and Griffin Madden, all had outstanding games. Anthony Simoneau had an all-around great game. He ran and caught the ball on offense from his running back position, played aggressively at safety on defense, blocked two extra points and intercepted the ball to seal the victory.”

Scarborough goes to 0-2 Massabesic Friday. Last year, the Red Storm dominated the visiting Mustangs, 56-21.

One week before Scarborough won in the final minute at Bonny Eagle, South Portland did the same thing in an 18-14 triumph. This past weekend, the Red Riots played at home for the first time, versus Massabesic.

The game was never close, as South Portland shot to a 36-0 halftime lead and never looked back en route to a 49-6 victory. Spencer Houlette, one of the heroes from the Bonny Eagle win, scored twice, as did Deven Dupuis. Maxwell Holmes, Dwayne Roberts and Dylan Rottkov also struck paydirt. 

The 2-0 Red Riots visit 0-2 Sanford Friday. Last year, held on for a 29-25 home victory over the Spartans.

Cape Elizabeth started with a come-from-behind 35-18 home win over Fryeburg Academy. Friday, the Capers hosted Poland in a game most expected to go down to the wire. Instead, Cape Elizabeth dominated and essentially salted away its victory after 12 minutes.

In the first quarter, Ben Ekedahl put on a show, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown, then returning an interception for a TD, before catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Jack O’Rourke. O’Rourke also connected with Justin Guerrette for a score to make it 27-0. A touchdown run from Ryan Weare made it 33-0 at halftime. O’Rourke returned the second half kickoff for a TD and another Weare scoring run accounted for the Capers’ scoring. The Knights got in the end zone in the fourth period, but it was far too little, too late.

Cape Elizabeth hopes to go 3-0 Friday when it visits 1-1 Spruce Mountain. Last year, the Capers lost at home to the Phoenix, 34-6.

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

Sports Editor of The Forecaster since 2001. Find detailed game stories at theforecaster.net. I tweet prodigiously at @foresports.