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(Ed. Note: For the full Greely-Kennebunk game story, with additional photos and a box score, see theforecaster.net)
The Falmouth and Greely football teams continued their winning ways last week, while Yarmouth saw a strong effort go for naught at one of the region’s top teams and Freeport dropped its third game in a row.
Greely played last Thursday and welcomed defending Western B champion Kennebunk, a team which pounded the Rangers down in Kennebunk last year, 42-14.
Greely jumped ahead, 6-0, when Matt Pisini hit Andrew Verrill for a 34-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. In the second period, after a fumble recovery, the Rangers made it 14-0 after Sam Peck ran for a 4-yard touchdown and Pisini hit Verrill for the two-point conversion.
The Rams appeared to get momentum with a touchdown before halftime, but Pisini found Nick Dubois for a 40-yard score with 16.9 seconds to go. Peck scored on the two-point conversion run to make it 22-6.
“I feel like we’re a deadly team,” said Pisini. “I saw (Nick) open. I just threw it up there. He’s a great receiver. He went up and got it.”
“I think the key for us was that last drive in the first half,” Rangers coach David Higgins said. “Matt and I were talking about it on the sidelines and we were going to go with our speed offense. We thought we could do something. Matty converted like usual. It was a great throw and a great catch.”
Kennebunk got a touchdown back in the fourth period, but Ryan Pomeroy came up with a huge sack on the two-point conversion and Greely went on to the 22-12 victory.
“We knew they were a very good 1-3 team,” Peck said. “Very dangerous and physical.”
“We got a victory and now we can move on and that’s what’s important,” Higgins said.
The Rangers (now 4-1 and third behind York and Marshwood in the Western Class B Crabtree Points standings) has to go to 5-0 York Friday as they seek their fifth win in a row.
“I’m never happy, but we are progressing,” Higgins added. “York is always tough for us. It’s going to be very difficult. We hope to stay healthy.”
Greely closes with a trip to defending Class B champion Cony and a home game versus Falmouth.
Speaking of which, Falmouth also improved to 4-1 (fourth in Western B) after its most impressive win yet, 27-8, over visiting Westbrook, Friday night. The Yachtsmen took an early lead on a Connor Aube touchdown run and after the Blue Blazes went ahead, 8-7, after one period, Falmouth went ahead to stay on a pair of Aube runs for a 21-8 halftime advantage. Quarterback Noah Nelson scored on a short run in the third quarter to put it away. Aube wound up with 103 yards on 21 carries.
The Yachtsmen travel to 2-3 Fryeburg Friday afternoon, then close the regular season with a home game versus Mt. Ararat and a trip to Greely.
In Western C, Yarmouth hoped to upset powerhouse Wells Thursday, but fell just short, 21-14. The Warriors went up, 6-0, after one quarter, then took a 14-0 lead in the second period, but the Clippers came back and cut their deficit in half when quarterback John Thoma found Jack Snyder for a touchdown pass. After Wells made it 21-7, Yarmouth rallied again, getting a long Thoma-to-Cody Cook TD pass. The Clippers tried to pull a surprise late with a fake punt, but it backfired and the Warriors held on.
“It was a good, hard-fought game by both teams,” said Yarmouth coach Jason Veilleux. “I’m proud of the way our boys fought right to the very end. They are some of the hardest working kids I’ve ever coached. We simply made too many mistakes that we cannot afford to make against a good team like Wells. We didn’t execute well on offense at all. We struggled to run the ball most of the game, but we found some success through the air which kept us in it. On defense, we were usually in the right position to make a play, but for whatever reason we did not tackle as well as we normally do. We just made too many mistakes, including myself, to win the game. I have to do a better job preparing the team to compete with the top teams in our conference.”
The Clippers (3-2 and fifth in Western C) host No. 4 Cape Elizabeth (3-2) in a pivotal contest Friday night (see theforecaster.net for game story).
“We have a very big game this week,” Veilleux said. “I’m sure both teams will be fired up and ready to go. The winner of this game has a good chance to host a home playoff game, so we are expecting to see a very hungry Cape team. Cape is a dangerous team, they’re well coached and have a balanced offensive attack. Anytime Yarmouth and Cape play a game, it’s always a good game and a fun atmosphere, so we’re looking forward to it.”
Yarmouth then hosts Poland and closes at Freeport.
Freeport fell to 1-4 Saturday night after a 48-0 loss at Cape Elizabeth. The Falcons (ninth in Western C) play at 1-4 Lake Region Friday. After welcoming Mountain Valley, Freeport closes at home versus Yarmouth.
Greely’s Nick Dubois hauls in a touchdown pass late in the first half of the Rangers’ 22-12 home win over defending Western B champion Kennebunk last week.