Locals lead West to Lobster Bowl triumph

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BIDDEFORD—Three local players helped the West to a 48-24 victory over the East in Saturday’s 23rd annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic at Waterhouse Field.

Falmouth’s Jack Cooleen caught five passes for 95 yards, while Freeport lineman Morgan Kuntz and Yarmouth lineman Keith McDonald also saw time in the victory.

The East was in control early, grabbing an 8-0 lead on a TD pass from Fitzpatrick Trophy winner Jordan Hersom of Leavitt to Messalonskee’s Sam Dexter and a two-point conversion run.

The West answered with 8:49 to go in the first period when Cheverus’ Cam Olson bulled his way in from 7-yards out on a scramble. The score was set up by a nice 49-yard reception by Cooleen down the left sideline. The two-point conversion failed.

With 13:25 to play in the first half, the East stretched its lead to 16-6 on a 1-yard TD run by Lewiston’s Jeff Turcotte and a two-point conversion pass, but the rest of the game would belong to the West.

By halftime, the West had a 26-16 advantage thanks to a 2-yard TD run by Scarborough’s Scott Theriault (and an Olson two-point conversion run), a 26-yard TD pass from Wells’ Paul McDonough to Marshwood’s Troy Pappas and A 50-yard TD pass from McDonough to Bonny Eagle’s Matt Burnell.

The West made it 32-16 with 12:34 to play in quarter number three as Olson found Bonny Eagle’s Cam Cooper from 9-yards out.

The East snapped the West’s 26-0 run when Brewer’s Anthony Jackson scored on a 9-yard run and Turcotte added the two-point conversion run with seconds remaining in the third.

The West put it away in the fourth.

A 1-yard TD run from McDonough three minutes into the final stanza, followed by a two-point conversion pass, pushed the lead to 40-24.

With 3:12 to play, Cheverus’ Spencer Cooke got in on the fun, racing in from 35-yards and a two-point conversion run capped the scoring fest.

Cooleen won the Class B John R. Schmidlin Trophy, presented by the Maine Football Coaches’ Association for good citizenship, team play, loyalty and reliability.

The West now holds a 17-6 lead all-time in the series.

Players, coaches and cheerleaders combined to raise a record $73,000.

Sun Journal staff writer Randy Whitehouse contributed to this story.

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

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Recent Falmouth High graduate Jack Cooleen hauls in a 49-yard reception during the first quarter of the West’s 48-24 victory over the East in Saturday’s Lobster Bowl. Cooleen caught five passes for 95 yards.

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