STANDISH – Midway through the third quarter, the Bonny Eagle coaching staff faced the hectic but enjoyable challenge of trying to get every player in the game.

This one was over quickly.

The Scots scored fast and often Friday night on their way to a 55-20 win over Portland.

Before the Bulldogs (0-2) got a first down, Bonny Eagle led 21-0. It was 35-7 at halftime, and 49-7 when the Scots sent the subs in.

“They came out quick, got us on our heels and we never recovered,” Portland Coach Mike Bailey said. “They were obviously a much better football team than us tonight.”

The Scots (2-0) have scored 91 points in their first two games.

“Had a great week of practice and it showed in the game,” said Nate Martel, who played guard and nose tackle and was 7 for 7 kicking extra points. “We’re very pleased how the game went.”

Quarterback Matt Rollins kept the Scots moving, completing 9 of 11 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 56 yards and a TD.

Ethan Thorne rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, including a 36-yard tackle-breaking score.

Fellow running back Nick Adkins broke away for two touchdowns, part of his 96 yards on eight carries.

And Rollins showed off his team’s receiving depth, passing to six different players. Chris Hale hauled in four passes for 54 yards.

Adkins broke through the line on Bonny Eagle’s first play and raced down the left sideline for a 45-yard score.

On the Scots’ second drive, a 17-yard pass to Cam McKague on third down keyed a drive capped by Rollins’ 2-yard sneak.

The third series lasted 10 seconds, which is how long it took Rollins to hit Cam Cooper on a 46-yard post pattern.

“They threw at will and their offensive and defensive lines beat us off the ball,” Bailey said.

Bonny Eagle’s offensive line of Jordan Adams, Martel, Nick Cawood, Jon McDonald, Curtis LaBelle and Jeff Amell kept opening holes and protecting Rollins.

The Scots limited Portland to 75 yards in the first half. Linebacker Anthony Ciampi was one of the defenders shooting through.

Portland’s only drive resulted from two big penalties. Imadhi Zagon’s 26-yard touchdown pass to Michael Herrick closing the deficit to 21-7.

The Scots responded with four consecutive touchdowns, two to finish the first half, and two to start the second.

Up 49-7, the Bonny Eagle coaches referred to their depth charts and sent in the subs.

Will Walsh scored on a 20-yard run for Portland.

In the fourth quarter, the subs traded scores. Bonny Eagle running back Nick Wayne ran 19 yards for a touchdown. Portland quarterback Jason Webster ran in from four yards.

Bonny Eagle Coach Kevin Cooper said “our kids were ready to go.”

Part of the Scots’ preparation was studying film from the 2009 playoffs, when Bonny Eagle had to rally to beat Portland 25-19.

“We looked at that game and tried to learn from it,” Cooper said. “We were watching that tape with the team and saw some things we weren’t doing well, especially when we were on defense. We tried to be more aggressive.”

The offense looked better, too.

 

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at: [email protected]