BIDDEFORD – Kevin Cooper knew he had some explosive players on his Bonny Eagle High football team. But even he had to be impressed by their performance in Friday night’s season-opening 48-14 victory over Biddeford at Waterhouse Field.
The Scots scored four touchdowns in the first quarter and compiled 320 yards in the first half as they rolled to a 41-0 lead.
The victory spoiled the return of Brian Curit as head coach of the Tigers after a six-year layoff.
“We set a plan of action in place, to come down here and play a certain way,” said Cooper. “We wanted to meet their challenge early because we knew they were going to come out fired up with Coach Curit coming back. And our guys were ready to go from the get-go.”
Quarterback Zach Dubiel scored on a 51-yard run on the Scots’ second play of the game. “It was just great blocking,” he said. “The hole opened up and I just ran fast, I guess.”
A blocked punt by Stephen Hannigan set up the second score, a 15-yard run by Matt Smith. An interception by Joe Bissonnette set up the third touchdown, a 6-yard run by Smith. Then Jon Woods ran 84 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first quarter.
“We think we have big playmakers and they made plays tonight,” said Cooper.
Curit was certainly impressed. “They were far, far more athletic than we thought they’d be,” he said.
Dubiel (82 rushing yards, 100 passing yards) threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter, of 53 yards to Bissonnette and 33 yards to Woods (104 rushing yards). Hannigan scored on an 8-yard run in the third. Isaiah Reynolds, a 6-foot, 305-pound nose tackle, kicked six PATs in the game.
The Tigers were hindered by seven fumbled snaps between the center and quarterback in the first half. Cooper thought Reynolds has something to do with that — “There’s a reason Biddeford had fumbled snaps,” said Cooper. “I think he affected the game that way.” — but Curit said he would have to look at the film to figure out what happened.
The Tigers scored twice in the third quarter, on runs by Corey Creeger (2 yards) and Casey Twomey (52).
“I knew we would get that, they’re Biddeford kids,” said Curit, of Biddeford’s second-half effort. “Our program is at the state where we’ve got to figure out how to do things.
“I’m disappointed, yeah. But as I told the kids, this is just the start.”
As for the Scots, they simply couldn’t have asked for a better start.
“We came out and executed the game plan,” said Dubiel. “And the scoreboard showed it.”
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