Scarborough finds itself 1-3 in Western Class A football, but don’t be deceived by that record. The Red Storm have lost close road games to contenders Sanford (2-2), Thornton Academy (3-1) and Bonny Eagle (4-0), and easily won their only home game against Bangor, 34-7.
“You get better playing those good teams and I think we’re getting better every week,” Red Storm Coach Lance Johnson said. “We’re right there with them on the road.
“I think we’re built for November and our kids are going to keep working.”
If Scarborough is going to make the playoffs in November, it must begin October with success at home. The Red Storm play host to Biddeford (3-1) on Friday, and South Portland (3-1) next week.
BONNY EAGLE has zipped through the first half of its football schedule undefeated. The Scots’ offensive is explosive, averaging 37 points a game.
“We think our skill group is pretty good,” Coach Kevin Cooper said. “We try to spread it around.”
The key cog is junior quarterback Zach Dubiel, who rushed for 133 yards and threw for 98 in Friday’s 34-26 win over Scarborough.
But Dubiel wasn’t pleased that the Scots allowed 26 points.
“We struggled on defense tonight,” said Dubiel. “That’s what we need to work on.”
ANDREW LIBBY, the injured Thornton Academy football star, watched Saturday’s game against Sanford at Hill Stadium in a golf cart on the sideline with his leg elevated.
Libby had surgery last week, and his left leg is in a cast. He’s still very much involved with the team. A captain, he went out to midfield before the game for the coin toss and the handshake of captains.
After the game when the team gathered to listen to Coach Kevin Kezal at the far end of the field, Libby spoke and handed out the game ball.
Libby suffered a torn ACL in the first game of the season at South Portland. Thornton has won all three of its games since Libby’s injury, including a 25-9 victory over Sanford.
GREELY SENIOR Kirstin Sandreuter won the small-school division of the 39th Manchester Invitational on Saturday at Derryfield Park in Manchester, N.H.
Sandreuter completed the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 59 seconds to finish first among a field of 193 girls. Only four other female runners in the other two varsity divisions — elite and large school — managed to break 19 minutes.
Junior Kristina Smith (17th), sophomore Sophia Stickney (41st), senior Krista Marbel (47th) and junior Emma Mason (50th) helped Greely place second among 26 teams from around New England.
IN THE small-school boys’ race, Dan Curts of Ellsworth, Josef Holt-Andrews of Telstar and Ben Decker and Braden Becker of Yarmouth went 1-2-4-5. The times by Curts (15:23) and Holt-Andrews (15:27) were the two fastest of the day in any division.
Cape Elizabeth’s boys, led by seniors Liam Simpson in ninth and Peter Doane in 18th, finished fifth of 15 schools in the elite division. Massabesic competed in the large-school division (for schools with enrollments of at least 800) and placed fifth (girls) and eighth (boys) among 29 schools.
— Staff Writers Kevin Thomas, Tom Chard and Glenn Jordan contributed to this report.