CUMBERLAND – The Greely football team celebrated Homecoming in a big way Friday night.

The Rangers rolled up more than 480 yards of offense while rolling to a 47-0 victory against winless Gray-New Gloucester in a Western Class B game.

“Last year was a very painful season for us,” Greely Coach David Higgins said. “We didn’t have any returning lettermen. This year we’ve got plenty of returning lettermen. We have a year under our belt running the triple-option, and the kids are playing well.”

It was the second straight win for Greely after opening the season with a 21-14 loss at Wells.

“At the beginning of the season, I think we’ve been a little underestimated,” Higgins said.

The Rangers scored on every possession in the first quarter to take a 28-0 lead.

Less than three minutes into the game, Ethan Wyman swept left 16 yards for a touchdown.

Two minutes later, quarterback Mike Leeman swept right 37 yards for a score.

With 3:39 left in the first quarter, Alex Parenteau swept left for 21 yards to cap a three-play, 54-yard drive.

Less than a minute later, Leeman scored on a 31-yard run.

During the first quarter, the Rangers averaged more than 21 yards for their eight offensive plays.

They also had three touchdowns called back because of penalties.

After Greely made it 34-0 less than four minutes into the second quarter on Svenn Jacobson’s 55-yard run, the game officials went to running time.

From that point, with the agreement of the head coaches, the clock only stopped for touchdowns, injuries or timeouts. It kept running on incomplete passes, change of possession or penalties.

“It’s a sportsmanship kind of thing,” Higgins said. “I’ve been on the other side of it and we didn’t want to run (the score) up.”

With 56 seconds left in the first half, the Rangers took a 41-0 lead on John Giardina’s 38-yard scoring run.

“It was 41-0 and it wasn’t going to get any better,” Gray-New Gloucester Coach Phil Prideaux said. “Greely is a good team. They’ve got some good-sized kids. Their big kids are 250 to 280, and my kids are 150, 180.”

The Greely lineup included 15 seniors. The Patriots have three seniors.

“We’re playing mostly freshmen and sophomores,” Prideaux said. “Out of 30 kids, 22 of them are either freshmen or sophomores.”

 

Staff Writer Paul Betit can be contacted at 791-6424 or at: [email protected]