South Portland, Cape Elizabeth football teams win again; Scarborough blanked at Cheverus

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The South Portland football team won its fourth straight game last weekend.

Something which hadn’t been done in a decade.

This time, the victim was host Noble, as the Red Riots rolled to a 36-7 victory. Senior Brendan Horton got things going with a first quarter field goal and senior Joey DiBiase did the rest, rushing for four TDs. Senior quarterback Michael Salvatore also found classmate Dan Medici for a scoring pass.

South Portland (4-1) hosted Kennebunk Thursday. The Red Riots go to Windham and Portland to end the regular season.

Cape Elizabeth also improved to 4-1 with a closer-than-expected 14-13 win at Westbrook in the first-ever meeting between the schools.

Senior Andrew Lavallee had a TD run in the first quarter and classmate Donald Clark scored on a short run in the third and the Capers defense had to do the rest.

Cape Elizabeth hosts new-to-Class B Marshwood (1-4) Saturday at 7 p.m. The teams have never met. A visit to Fryeburg and a home showdown with defending Class B state champion Mountain Valley ends the regular season.

Scarborough wasn’t as fortunate last weekend. In a rematch of a playoff thriller from 2010, the undermanned Red Storm turned the ball over nine times and was blanked at unbeaten, defending state champion Cheverus, 38-0.

Scarborough fumbled on the game’s first play and gave it up four times on its first nine. The Stags were up 21-0 after one quarter and 38-0 at halftime. The Red Storm fell to 2-3 on the season.

“We just didn’t play well,” lamented Scarborough coach Lance Johnson. “We didn’t give ourselves a chance. I thought we were competitive physically, but we kept giving them the ball over and over again. Some of the guys we have in there have inexperience. Obviously, we didn’t look comfortable.”

Scarborough played its home finale Thursday versus 4-1 Deering. The Red Storm then go to Thornton Academy and Gorham to wrap up the regular season. This team needs some victories to live up to its preseason billing as a playoff squad.

“We have to play sounder football,” Johnson said. “We’ll try to get better and take care of the football.”

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Scarborough junior quarterback Dillon Russo eyes a loose ball during Saturday’s game at Cheverus. Unfortunately for the Red Storm, the football was on the ground a lot as Scarborough lost three fumbles and also had six interceptions in a 38-0 loss to the Stags.

Scarborough junior Merrick Madden looks for running room in Saturday’s game. The Red Storm fell to 2-3 on the season after the loss.

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