Falmouth football enters Cape showdown 3-0; Yarmouth, Greely win, Freeport drops tight one

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The Falmouth football team is off to the best start in program history and now faces its biggest game to date.

If that’s not enough excitement for local fans, Yarmouth is also 3-0 after another decisive win, while Greely is 2-1 after romping in its home opener. Freeport almost joined the Rangers at 1-2 but dropped an agonizing two-point decision at Madison.

So far, so good

Falmouth opened 2010 with a confidence-building 34-25 triumph at traditional contender York, then blanked visiting Fryeburg, 44-0. Saturday, the Yachtsmen played their second straight “home” game at Deering High (the new Falmouth field is expected to be ready for play in time for the Oct. 2 Wells contest), as they welcomed Lake Region.

The Yachtsmen dominated from start to finish. They led 10-0 after one period thanks to an 80-yard opening kickoff return for a TD from junior Ryan MacDonald and a field goal from senior David Goodrich. Goodrich added a 42-yard field goal and senior Caleb Bowden (10 carries, 54 yards) rushed for two (11- and 7-yards) TDs in the second quarter for a 27-0 advantage at the half.

Senior Zach Alexander (5-for-11, 130 yards and a score through the air, 67 yards on eight carries on the ground) found junior Jack Cooleen (3 catches, 74 yards, TD) for a 5-yard score and junior Matt Kingry (3-of-6, 49 yards and a TD) hooked up with junior Aaron Rogers from 12-yards out for a 40-0 lead after three. The Lakers sandwiched two fourth quarter TDs around another MacDonald kickoff return (77 yards) as Falmouth rolled, 47-14. Senior Jack Horton had four tackles and a sack, Bowden added a sack and MacDonald and senior Jack Bagonzi also had four tackles.

The Yachtsmen (3-0) visit defending Western B champion Cape Elizabeth (3-0) Friday at 7 p.m. Last year, the Capers won, 28-0, in Falmouth. The Yachtsmen have never defeated Cape Elizabeth. The winner will have the inside track on a home playoff game.

Greely can’t be written out of the Western B postseason race. After a close call in Week 1, a 21-14 loss at Wells, the Rangers rolled, 40-6, at Poland. Friday, in their home opener, they had no trouble with Gray-New Gloucester in a 47-0 romp.

Greely got first quarter touchdowns from senior Ethan Wyman (16-yard run), junior Mike Leeman (37-yard run), senior Alex Parenteau (21-yard run) and Leeman (31-yard scamper) to grab a quick 28-0 lead. Sophomores Svenn Jacobson (55-yard run) and John Giardina (38-yard run) scored to make it 41-0 at the break. A 2-yard run from freshman James Ferrar in the fourth period accounted for the 47-0 final score.

The Rangers (2-1) visit Lake Region (0-3) Friday night, as they seek a three-game winning streak for the first time since the start of the 2008 season. A year ago, Greely was a 17-0 home winner over the Lakers.

In Western C, Yarmouth continues to dazzle. The Clippers, who opened with a 60-7 home romp over Old Orchard Beach, then edged host Oak Hill, 20-15, hosted Traip Academy Thursday.

Yarmouth fell behind for the first time this year when the Rangers scored on a long run, but by the end of the first period, TDs from junior Anders Overhaug (83-yards on the ensuing kickoff return) and freshman quarterback Brady Neujahr (3-yard run) made it 13-7 in favor of the Clippers. By halftime, it was 20-7, thanks to senior Nick Proscia’s 3-yard run. Scoring runs from senior Nate Pingitore (10-yards) and Neujahr (2-yards), made it 33-7 after three. A Proscia 14-yard scamper and a 46-yard run from sophomore Caleb Uhl made it 47-7, the final score.

Yarmouth is at win-less Sacopee Friday. Last year, the Clippers romped over the Hawks, 56-0. Yarmouth will try not to look ahead to an Oct. 2 showdown at Lisbon, perhaps the game of the year in Western C., and likely the Clippers’ last serious test of the regular season.

Freeport, which gave defending Class C champion Dirigo a scare in the opener (a 25-12 loss), downed host Sacopee, 34-0, last week. Friday, the Falcons went to Madison and almost got successive victories for the first time in program history. Freeport never led, but hung tough throughout before dropping a 26-24 decision.

The Falcons hope to even their record Saturday when they host Lisbon (3-0).  They Greyhounds haven’t surrendered a point all season. Last year, Freeport lost at Lisbon, 48-8.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net

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Falmouth junior Jack Cooleen runs for a touchdown during the Yachtsmen’s 47-14 victory over Lake Region Saturday night. The Yachtsmen go to defending regional champion Cape Elizabeth for a battle of the unbeatens Friday.

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