City football teams win handily
It was a smashing good time for city football teams last weekend.
The best news Friday night came from Memorial Field where Deering got in the win column for the first time, 28-9, over Biddeford.
The Rams, who led most of the way before suffering a tough 28-21 home loss to Scarborough the week before, never trailed against the Tigers. A long kickoff return from Kenny Sweet set up a 9-yard touchdown run from Dominic Lauture to put Deering ahead to stay in the first quarter. After Biddeford got on the board with a safety, a 50-yard pass from Sweet to Ricardo Delgado made it 14-2. The Tigers got a touchdown back to pull within 14-9 at the the half, but a third quarter interception return for a touchdown by Dan Marzilli and a fourth period Sweet-to-James Doyle 8-yard TD pass put it away.
Sweet rushed for over 100 yards, threw two TD passes, made 11 tackles and intercepted three Biddeford passes.
The 1-4 Rams (tied for 10th in the Western Class A Crabtree Points standings, the top eight teams make the playoffs) go to 3-2 Noble Friday. Last year, the Rams dominated the visiting Knights, 41-8. Deering still has games remaining at home versus South Portland and at Cheverus.
Portland continued its surge and is now 4-1 after manhandling visiting Noble, 35-0, at Fitzpatrick Stadium.
The Bulldogs got the only points they'd need when Jake Fogel scored on a first quarter touchdown blocked punt return. A TD pass from Ryan Ruhlin to Garang Majok and a Justin Zukowski scoring run made it 21-0 at halftime. Zukowski's second TD run in the third period made it 28-0 and Ruhlin accounted for the final score with a short touchdown run in the fourth period.
Portland (fourth in the Crabtrees) goes to 1-4 Biddeford Friday as it seeks its fourth successive win. The teams last met two years ago (a 35-7 Biddeford win at Fitzpatrick Stadium). The Bulldogs close the regular season with a home showdown versus Scarborough and the "Battle of the Bridge" game at South Portland.
Then there's Cheverus, which keeps winning with regularity and in lopsided fashion. Saturday afternoon, in a game moved to Fitzpatrick Stadium from Boulos Stadium due to poor field conditions, the two-time defending Class A state champion Stags made it 29 straight victories, two shy of the state record, with a 55-14 pummeling of Gorham.
Like just every Cheverus game of late, this one was over quickly.
A 10-yard TD pass from Liam Fitzpatrick to Noah Stebbins and a 5-yard Brent Green scoring run made it 14-0 Stags after one quarter. By halftime, the score was 42-0, as Fitzpatrick hit Jackson McMann for a 30-yard TD pass, Donald Goodrich broke free for a 30-yard scoring run, Green ran in from a yard out and Cody O'Brien scored on a 7-yard TD scamper. With the starters out of the game, Joe Fitzpatrick scored on a 3-yard TD run to make it 49-0 after three quarters. A 5-yard run from O'Brien ended the Stags' scoring. Gorham got a couple of cosmetic scores late to account for the final.
Cheverus (tied with Thornton Academy for first in the Crabtrees) is home with Bonny 2-3 Bonny Eagle Saturday. The game time has been moved to 3 p.m., due to SAT testing. A year ago, the Stags won in Standish, 42-18. If Cheverus passes that test and Thornton Academy doesn't stumble at 3-2 Windham, the biggest regular season game in recent memory will occur Oct. 13. The Stags would be looking to tie the all-time state consecutive wins record in a showdown which would have enormous playoff and homefield advantage implications. Cheverus finishes the regular season Oct. 20 at home against Deering.