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Three of four football teams triumph

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Three of four football teams triumph

News was largely good for Forecaster Country football teams last weekend.

While Falmouth suffered its first loss, Freeport, Greely and Yarmouth all enjoyed victories.

All four squads are 2-1 after three games.

Falmouth, which blanked Gorham and Morse by a composite 55-0 margin in its first two outings, met its match Friday against visiting York in a 34-0 loss. The Yachtsmen fell behind 7-0 after one quarter, 27-0 at halftime and were ultimately doomed by over 100 yards of penalties. Falmouth hopes to get back on track Friday with a first ever trip to Oceanside (0-3).

Freeport, which dropped its opener, 53-20, at home to Spruce Mountain, then held off host Gray-New Gloucester, 18-12, eked out a 7-0 win at home over Poland Saturday, as Bryan Lee scored on a short TD run with just over a minute to play.

"It was a good defensive struggle, but we found a way," said Falcons coach Rob Grover. "The defense dominated. I don't think they had 60 yards of offense.

The Falcons have a tough task Friday, when they go to a 2-1 Wells squad coming off a 26-12 loss at Cape Elizabeth last weekend. The teams have no history.

"We're getting better each week," said Grover. "The kids are working hard. Wells will be a big test. They're coming off a loss and and it's their Homecoming game. We want to fight through the first quarter, hang with them and maybe get lucky. We'll be competitive."

Greely, which lost, 41-16, at home to reigning Western B champion Marshwood in its opener, then outslugged host Fryeburg, 38-24, hosted Gorham Friday, renewing acquaintances with a program that returned to Class B this fall. The last time the Rangers and Rams had met was in 2004, when Gorham won, 72-9, in Cumberland. This time around, host Greely returned the favor, 69-3. The Rangers went ahead, 35-0, after one quarter and led, 56-0, at halftime. Greely tacked on two more touchdowns in the third period. Conner Hanley had four TDs, two through the air and two on special teams. Matt Pisini ran for two scores and threw for two more.

"We just came out and played," said Rangers coach David Higgins. "We took care of business. We came out of it unscathed, which is most important. Gorham worked hard. A couple of my kids came up to me and mentioned how they never quit. That's a credit to their players and coaches."

The Rangers go to 2-1 Westbrook Friday night. Last year, Greely won in Westbrook, 33-12. That game starts a brutal five-game stretch to end the season. After playing the Blue Blazes, the Rangers meet Kennebunk, York, Cony and Falmouth.

"We're looking forward to the challenge," Higgins said. "It's a good thing we played Marshwood at the beginning of the year. That's a huge advantage. We know we played pretty well once we woke up. Westbrook's a good football team with very good players and a very good coach. We're a lot different from when we beat them last year. They have something to prove and it's the first game under their new lights, so there will be a lot going on. We hope to give them a game."

Yarmouth, a 36-6 winner over Gray-New Gloucester in its opener, lost its second outing, 14-7, to visiting Leavitt, the preseason favorite, but took plenty of positives from that game.

"I thought we outplayed Leavitt most of the game," said second-year Clippers coach Chris Pingitore. "It was very encouraging. I think we turned the corner from last year. I have very enthusiastic kids. A great sophomore class who complement the seniors nicely."

Friday, the Clippers went to Lake Region and romped, 63-0. Touchdown runs from Thomas Lord and Matt Woodbury made it 13-0 after one quarter. Lord and Matt Klepinger had TD runs in the second period and Woodbury caught a touchdown pass from Brady Neujahr to make it 32-0 at the break. Yarmouth got three more TDs in the third period and two more in the fourth. Cody Cook had three scores in the second half.

"Lake Region played us tough in the first quarter, but our speed got to them," Pingitore said. "Last year we had trouble finishing tackles, but this year, we're finishing. Our defense set the tone. Our offense got on track and we blocked a couple punts."

The Clippers visit 0-3 Mountain Valley Friday. The teams have no history.

"We're heading to the holy grail of football," said Pingitore. "The name Mountain Valley strikes fear in people. We wanted this matchup for a few years. It won't be easy. It's their Homecoming. Teams always seem to give us their best. That's something to be proud of. We'll go up there and play with speed, swarm on defense and hopefully move the ball on offense."

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