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.

Cape Elizabeth’s Andrew Lavallee had 1.5 sacks and recovered a fumble, Scarborough’s Scott Thibeault rushed eight times for 10 yards with a touchdown and South Portland’s Logan Gaddar was very active in the backfield (intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble) and on special teams (four punt returns for 25 yards).

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 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 Thibeault (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.

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 [email protected] Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Cape Elizabeth’s Andrew Lavallee celebrates after a teammate recovers a fumble during Saturday’s Lobster Bowl. Lavallee also had 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery of his own in the West’s victory.

Scarborough’s Scott Thibeault takes a handoff during first half action. Thibeault rushed eight times for 10 yards and a TD.

South Portland’s Logan Gaddar was active on defense and special teams, collecting two turnovers on the day.

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