STANDISH – Cheverus High took a three-touchdown lead in the second quarter Friday night and kept Bonny Eagle a safe distance away, beating the Scots, 42-18.

Spencer Cooke of the Stags (3-0), who had a part in all six touchdowns, rushed 15 times for 140 yards and four scores. He also threw a 10-yard halfback pass for a touchdown and returned an interception 30 yards for another score.

“Just followed my blockers,” Cooke said.

Although Bonny Eagle is 0-3, Cooke knew the traditionally strong Scots would be a test.

“We didn’t take them lightly at all,” he said. “They’re a good team. Their record just doesn’t show it.”

Indeed, Bonny Eagle gained 304 yards to Cheverus’ 310.

But the Stags made the big plays. Donald Goodrich’s blocked punt set up one touchdown and Liam Fitzpatrick’s fumble recovery preceded another.

“They’ve got a bunch of kids that really play hard,” Bonny Eagle Coach Kevin Cooper said. “They make plays to win football games. That’s a mark of a good team. Something we’re trying to get to.”

Scots quarterback Tyson Goodale was in on 60 of 69 plays. He rushed 25 times for 134 yards (including minus-20 yards on two sacks) and completed 14 of 25 passes for 100 yards.

“Bonny Eagle does some great things on offense,” Cheverus Coach John Wolfgram said. “I thought we played very well but we couldn’t put them away. We’d make some plays and they’d come back.”

Cheverus took a 28-6 halftime lead and worked on keeping the clock running in the second half.

“Just physicality,” guard Mike Dedian said. “We wore them down.”

Cooke, fullback Brent Green (68 yards) and quarterback Cam Olson ran behind a line of Dedian and fellow guard Dab Peabody-Harrington, tackles Christian Deschenes and Charlie Rainville, center Tom Sullivan and tight end Ryan Casale.

On the Stags’ second drive, Cooke ran a left-end sweep and scored from 37 yards. Louie DiStasio hit the first of six extra points.

After Goodrich’s block gave Cheverus the ball at the Bonny Eagle 10, Cooke took a handoff and found Jackson McMann in the end zone.

Bonny Eagle fumbled a punt return at its 7 and Cooke scored from there.

Matt Burnell’s 66-yard touchdown run closed Bonny Eagle to 21-6 but then Cooke ran back the interception.

“We played well at times but we’re not a consistent football team like Cheverus is,” Cooper said. “That’s why they’re real good.”

Bonny Eagle’s first drive in the second half went 77 yards in 10 plays, with Goodale carrying on the last seven plays, scoring from the 1.

But Cheverus drove right back, going 64 yards capped by Cooke’s 16-yard effort.

Goodale scored again on a 6-yard run. Cheverus countered again with Cooke’s 45-yard run.

Bonny Eagle will play at Scarborough next weekend. The Stags will be home against Sanford.

“We just have to keep practicing, keep working hard,” Cooke said.

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