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The good times keep rolling for local football teams.
While Freeport continued to surprise in Western Class C (please see story), Yarmouth looks unstoppable in its title defense and Falmouth and Greely are turning heads in Western B.
The Clippers, 41-0 winners at Old Orchard Beach in Week One, dominated recent rival Oak Hill in the home opener Friday.
The start of the game was delayed 30 minutes due to a power outage, but it was worth the wait. Senior standout running back Anders Overhaug stole the show in first period, scoring on runs of 4, 54 and 71 yards for a 19-0 lead.
The first TD came after senior Carter Dorsett blocked a Raiders’ punt. Dorsett intercepted a pass for a TD in the second quarter and sophomore Brady Neujahr ran for a score and found sophomore Nate Shields-Auble for another and a 39-0 advantage at the break. Long TD runs from junior Caleb Uhl and senior Samuel Keegan brought the curtain down on the 51-7 final.
“It’s a total surprise,” Yarmouth coach Jim Hartman said. “I expected a much closer game. I really was not expecting this. The kids have responded well to us changing it up. What was really gratifying was watching these kids improve. Our secret is we focus hard on fundamentals. We don’t get into a lot of Xs and Os. It gets a little rough at practice. If they do something wrong, we stay on them.”
Yarmouth finished with 397 yards of offense to 65 for Oak Hill.
Overhaug led all rushers with 150 yards. Uhl finished with 87 and a TD on nine rushes. Woodbury had nine rushes for 50 yards and also caught a pass for 15. Keegan only rushed once, but it resulted in a 56-yard touchdown. Neujahr was 4-of-8 for 39 yards and a TD. He also rushed three times for 45 yards with a score.
“We just played a great team and they may have had an off night,” said Dorsett, who blocked two punts, returned an interception for a score and also had a quarterback sack. “Our defense was definitely on tonight. This is a huge deal. We came out here tonight and beat this top-notch team and it set the tone for the year.”
The Clippers, who have now won 14 straight games and 22 of their past 23, go to 1-1 Traip Saturday. Last year, Yarmouth handled the visiting Raiders, 46-7.
“Traip is a huge game and Lisbon (Sept. 23) will be our next huge test,” Dorsett said. “Our coaches are really helpful in keeping our heads in check. I’m known to have a little bit of an ego. It’s nice to have my Dad (assistant coach Mark Dorsett) on the team and have coaches breathing down my neck, making sure I’m perfect on every single play.”
Falmouth opened with a 65-0 home romp over Gray-New Gloucester and was expected to have its hands full in its first ever trip to first-year Spruce Mountain, which was coming off a close win at Greely. Sure enough, the Phoenix had an early 7-6 lead, but the Yachtsmen scored the game’s final 27 points and rolled, 33-7.
Falmouth relied on a strong running game from junior Will Siperly (97 yards, one TD), but its passing attack was unstoppable. Senior quarterback Matt Kingry was 7-for-12 for 124 yards and three TDs in the first half. Senior Ryan MacDonald had two receiving TDs and also scored on the ground. Senior Jack Cooleen had a TD grab.
“I’m very proud,” said Yachtsmen coach John Fitzsimmons. “The boys really came to play and showed Falmouth’s a team to be reckoned with. The atmosphere was electric. It was the best of Friday night football. I was concerned how we’d stand up to a hostile crowd, but we came through in a big way.
“We had a balanced offense, 200 yards rushing, 172 passing. The Campbell Conference was introduced to Will. Some of his runs were electrifying to watch. Ryan had a big night and led the defense with seven tackles and a fumble recovery.”
The Yachtsmen look to make it three straight when they host Marshwood for the first time (the Hawks moved down from Class A this season) Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
“Our attention is now on Marshwood,” Fitzsimmons said. “They’re a very tough team. Their record doesn’t tell the story. We’ll have quite a battle coming. We’ll be tested in a big way.”
Greely opened its 2011 campaign with a narrow 22-20 home loss to Spruce Mountain, but got in the win column in a big way Friday, romping at Lake Region, 58-28.
The Rangers jumped out 23-6 after one period, 44-14 at the half and cruised from there behind huge games from senior Mike Leeman and junior Svenn Jacobson. Leeman rushed for 218 yards and three TDs and caught six balls for 113 yards and another score. If that wasn’t enough, he also had a kickoff return for a TD. Jacobson rushed just four times, but had 68 yards and a TD. He also had a 31-yard reception for a score and an interception return for a touchdown. Junior quarterback Drew Hodge went 9-of-13 for 166 yards with two TDs.
“We played well,” said Greely coach David Higgins. “Leeman was just awesome. He was a little tired at the end. Drew’s getting better. (Junior Eric) Coyne did a good job on defense.”
The Rangers look to improve to 2-1 when they host Westbrook Saturday night. Greely has never faced the Blue Blazes, who also moved from Class A to B this fall.
“I’m sure (Westbrook is) hungry and excited to come to Greely after going against the top two teams in the league (defending Class B champion Mountain Valley and Wells),” said Higgins. “They’re a good team. We hope we can compete. That’s our motto this year. We just want to compete, even though we lost a lot of guys. We competed in the preseason and against Spruce Mountain and Lake Region. I’m excited to see how we stack up.”
Sun Journal staff writer Bob McPhee contributed to this story
Yarmouth senior Carter Dorsett and the Clippers’ special teams sparked Friday night’s win. Dorsett blocked two punts and Yarmouth rolled to a 51-7 triumph over Oak Hill.
Falmouth senior Ryan MacDonald ran over the Spruce Mountain defense Friday night as the Yachtsmen improved to 2-0 with an impressive 33-7 road triumph.