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Clean sweep for local gridiron warriors

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Clean sweep for local gridiron warriors

The Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland football teams all kicked off the second half of the season with impressive victories last weekend and now, face key showdowns Friday night.

The Capers, coming off a tough loss at Spruce Mountain, went to Freeport for a first-ever meeting with the Falcons and got off to a fast start, leading, 28-0, at halftime and never looking back. Cape Elizabeth extended its lead to 42-0 before letting off the gas and went on to a 42-22 victory to improve to 3-2. Quarterback Noah Wolfinger threw three touchdown passes, while Nick Moulton produced a couple TDs.

The Capers will host another first-time foe, Yarmouth (3-2), Friday night, in a game critical for playoff positioning. Cape Elizabeth enters the contest fourth in the Western Class C Crabtree Points standings, while the Clippers are fifth. A home playoff game might lie in the balance. The Capers then close the regular season with a game at Gray-New Gloucester, then, in the home finale, enjoy a renewal of their rivalry with Mountain Valley.

In Western A, the Red Storm of Scarborough snapped a two-game skid Saturday with a 41-21 Homecoming victory over Biddeford. The Red Storm, coming off tough losses to defending Class A champion Thornton Academy and undefeated Bonny Eagle, struck first on a touchdown run from captain Dan LeClair. After a goal-line stand by the defense, touchdown passes from Ben Greenberg to Chris Cyr and Brendon Smith (the latter with 15 seconds left) made it 21-7 Scarborough at halftime. After the Tigers drew within 21-14, Greenberg and LeClair hooked up for a 20-yard scoring pass, Griffin Madden returned a fumble for a score and LeClair bulled in from the 1, making it 41-14, after three quarters, and the Red Storm went on to the victory, improving to 2-3.

Scarborough (fifth in the Western A Crabtrees) plays host to No. 3 South Portland (4-1) Friday night (more on that game in a second). The Red Storm then plays at Massabesic and hosts Noble to finish the regular year.

Speaking of the Red Riots, they earned their most impressive road win to date last Friday when they rallied to beat Sanford, 21-10. After falling behind, 10-0, in the first period, South Portland got off the deck and went ahead by halftime, as Joey DiBiase had a TD run, then caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Duncan Preston to make it 14-10. In the fourth period, Preston hooked up with Jordan Susi for a TD pass and the Red Riots' defense slammed the door on the Spartans.

South Portland and Scarborough last met Sept. 17, 2004, a 13-7 win for the host Red Riots. The only other meeting came the year before, a 37-0 win for South Portland at Scarborough.

Visit theforecaster.net following the game for a full write-up with photos.

The Red Riots wrap up the regular season with a home game against Biddeford and the annual "Battle of Bridge" showdown at Portland.

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