February 25, 2010

Eye of the Tigers


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Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer Nick Gross of Kennebunk is stopped trying to surge ahead for a couple yards during Biddeford’s 21-8 win Thursday night. C4

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Photos by Derek Davis/Staff Photographer Tyler Parker of Biddeford looks to evade a tackle by Kellen Smith of Scarborough during the first half of unbeaten Biddeford’s 29-7 victory Friday night. After missing the playoffs last year, Biddeford reached 4-0.

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SCARBOROUGH — Biddeford High's defense continued its impressive play Friday night, but it was a late touchdown catch by Alex Villandry that left everyone at the Mitchell Sports Complex speechless.

Villandry made a leaping, one-handed, toe-dragging catch at the back of the end zone for the unbeaten Tigers' final touchdown in a 29-7 victory over winless Scarborough.

It came on a third-and-goal from the Scarborough 16. Travis Vigneault lobbed the ball to Villandry streaking down the right. He managed to outleap a defender, catch the ball in his right hand and, falling out of bounds, drag his feet in. That made it 28-0.

''At first I didn't think I could make the catch. I was just trying to knock it down,'' said Villandry. ''But then I got up there and put one hand on it and thought, 'I can make this.' I pulled it in, dragged my feet and managed to stay inbounds.''

Biddeford (4-0) held Scarborough's run game in check and put pressure on Kolbey Adams when he dropped to pass. The Tigers gave up only 153 yards.

Biddeford's offense, meanwhile, was well balanced. The two-headed fullback pair, Nick Gagne and Matt Scott, combined to run for 123 yards, 92 by the rugged Gagne.

He scored the first touchdown, an 18-yard run on fourth-and-1 on Biddeford's opening drive.

Tyler Parker got Biddeford's second score, a 56-yard punt return late in the first quarter.

The Tigers made it 20-0 at the half, getting a 4-yard scoring pass from Vigneault to Trevor Parker with 1:41 left in the half.

Biddeford got a safety in the fourth quarter when Dan Tanguay tackled Zachary Bean in the end zone -- after the Red Storm (0-4) stopped the Tigers 6 inches shy of the goal line on fourth down.

''We have some pretty good athletes on defense,'' said Scott Descoteaux, whose Tigers have given up only three offensive touchdowns. ''We work very, very hard and for a long time we've taken great pride in playing defense for Biddeford. We're not very big and we know that.

''We work hard on being in good shape and hustling and using our athletic kids to the best of our ability.''

The key, said Tanguay, is ''everyone does their job, and then just a little more if you can.''

Scarborough averted the shutout with an impressive drive in the fourth quarter sparked by Matt Brown, who gained 66 yards to set up a 6-yard touchdown run by Bean.

''Our guys showed us some things late in the fourth quarter,'' said Dave Sterling, the Red Storm coach. ''They gave us something to build on.''

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This is a Trevor Parker of Biddeford (#10) celebrates with teammates after he made a tackle, stopping Scarborough on a 4th down play during the first half at Scarborough High School. Photographed on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009.

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Dennis Liu of Scarborough is tackled by Sam Butler of Biddeford, which allowed 153 yards and has given up three offensive TDs this year.


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