Falmouth, Yarmouth football earn wins in opener
Results were mixed on the first high school football weekend.
Falmouth and Yarmouth were triumphant, while Freeport and Greely will have to wait for next week.
The Yachtsmen, who won just once in 2012, got off to a dazzling start, racing to a 26-0 first quarter lead and a 48-0 halftime advantage over visiting Gorham. Falmouth called off the dogs in the second half and prevailed, 48-0. Connor Aube had three TD runs, Noah Nelson ran and threw for a score and kicker Joe Goodrich boomed a 43-yard field goal.
The Yachtsmen go to Morse (1-0, after a 23-16 victory over Oceanside) Friday for their first road test. The teams have no history.
Yarmouth, the 2010 and 2011 Class C champions, who went 2-7 a year ago, were supposed to open at home Friday versus Gray-New Gloucester, but the Clippers' turf field wasn't ready and the game was moved to Deering's turf Saturday. In the first meeting between the schools, Yarmouth raced to a 15-0 lead after one quarter and a 29-0 advantage at halftime. The Clippers went on to a 36-6 victory behind three TD passes from Brady Neujahr, a rushing touchdown, two receiving TDs and an interception from Matt Klepinger and scores from Rhys Eddy and Lucas Uhl.
Yarmouth hopes to go to 2-0 Thursday (kickoff was moved up a day due to the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur), but it won't be easy as the Clippers host powerhouse Leavitt (1-0, after a 26-7 win at Cape Elizabeth). The teams have no history.
Greely, a strong 7-2 a year ago, had the daunting task of hosting reigning Western B champion Marshwood in its opener. The teams didn't play in 2012.
The Rangers dug a 21-0 first quarter hole, but played well from there, losing, 41-16. Matt Pisini threw two TD passes to Connor Hanley to pull his team within 27-16, but that's as close as they got. Greely hopes to bounce back Saturday, when it visits Fryeburg (0-1, after a 49-20 loss to Kennebunk). Last fall, the Rangers handled the visiting Raiders, 47-6.
Freeport, 4-4 in 2012, opened at home against Spruce Mountain and was steamrolled by Phoenix running back Matt Vigue, who ran for touchdowns of 35, 20 and 45 yards in the first half and added an 85-yard score on a kick return as a fourth-quarter exclamation point. The Falcons were down, 40-7, at halftime and lost, 53-20. Freeport's offensive scores came on a 37-yard connection from Eli Fox to Cameron Buthlay and a 6-yard run by Bryan Lee. Defensively, Ben MacMillan led the Falcons with three sacks.
The game had a bizarre finish, beginning with a scary scene.
Phoenix sophomore Zack Black, who gained 57 rushing yards and made several tackles at linebacker in a relief role, briefly rose after attempting a tackle before stumbling to the ground with 2:08 remaining in the game. Black complained of numbness in his extremities. He was immobilized and transported by ambulance to Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Freeport fumbled on the next play. Spruce Mountain recovered. In the continuing action at the bottom of the pile, a Freeport player pushed a Spruce Mountain player, who retaliated. Each was ejected.
Spruce Mountain coach Walter Polky, frustrated by the presence of Freeport starters on the field at that point, sent his starting offense back onto the field. Quarterback Peter Theriault ran 58 yards on a bootleg before the Falcons reeled him in at the 5-yard line. Spruce Mountain's junior varsity returned, but the clock ran out before they could run a play. The teams shook hands at midfield after the game without incident.
Freeport goes to 0-1 Gray-New Gloucester Friday night. The teams have no history.
Sun Journal staff writer Kalle Oakes contributed to this story.