February 25, 2010

Our picksA Super Bowl champion drops in on Deering

— Deering at Bonny Eagle

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Gordon Chibroski

7 p.m. today

Kennebunk at Biddeford

7 p.m. today

Portland at Westbrook

7 p.m. today

Scarborough at Sanford

7 p.m. today

Gorham at Windham

7 p.m. Friday

Massabesic at Marshwood

7 p.m. Friday

Thornton Acad. at Noble

7 p.m. Friday

Lawrence at Oxford Hills

7 p.m. Friday

Messalonskee at Brunswick

7 p.m. Friday

Mt. Ararat at Mt. Blue

7 p.m. Friday

Falmouth at Lake Region

7 p.m. Friday

Greely at Gray-New Gloucester

7 p.m. Friday

Mountain Valley at Wells

7 p.m. Friday

Lisbon at Boothbay Region

7 p.m. Friday

Winthrop at Sacopee Valley

7 p.m. Friday

John Bapst at Rockland

7 p.m. Friday

South Portland at Cheverus

12:30 p.m. Saturday

Fryeburg Acad. at Cape Elizabeth

7 p.m. Saturday

York at Poland

1 p.m. Saturday

Camden Hills at Morse

1:30 p.m. Saturday

Madison at Freeport

1:30 p.m. Saturday

Old Orchard Beach at Dirigo

1:30 p.m. Saturday

Yarmouth at Traip Academy

1:30 p.m. SaturdayBonny Eagle

23-21

Biddeford

33-7

Portland

28-6

Sanford

15-13

Windham

35-14

Massabesic

25-6

Thornton

50-0

Lawrence

42-6

Brunswick

21-7

Mt. Blue

27-6

Falmouth

30-7

Gray-NG

22-6

Mtn. Valley

32-13

Lisbon

20-6

Winthrop

34-6

John Bapst

32-6

Cheverus

32-12

Cape

32-12

York

48-0

Morse

41-0

Freeport

14-6

Dirigo

24-6

Yarmouth

13-12Deering

19-18

Biddeford

24-3

Portland

21-7

Sanford

14-10

Windham

17-14

Massabesic

27-14

Thornton

31-9

Lawrence

36-10

Brunswick

19-16

Mt. Blue

27-21

Falmouth

14-13

Greely

17-10

Mtn. Valley

31-17

Lisbon

19-10

Winthrop

22-6

John Bapst

17-14

Cheverus

19-6

Cape

37-14

York

32-7

Morse

28-7

Madison

14-13

Dirigo

19-12

Traip

22-17

Bonny Eagle

24-22

Biddeford

27-8

Portland

32-6

Sanford

26-18

Windham

36-6

Massabesic

23-6

Thornton

42-0

Lawrence

44-6

Brunswick

27-18

Mt. Blue

20-19

Falmouth

28-15

Greely

18-8

Mtn. Valley

32-0

Lisbon

24-20

Winthrop

38-6

John Bapst

26-14

Cheverus

27-6

Cape

45-0

York

27-6

Morse

33-0

Madison

32-8

Dirigo

44-24

Yarmouth

21-20Bonny Eagle

20-14

Biddeford

26-6

Portland

34-6

Sanford

14-12

Windham

33-12

Massabesic

26-14

Thornton

47-0

Lawrence

40-0

Brunswick

26-20

Mt. Blue

28-6

Falmouth

26-0

Gray-NG

20-12

Mtn. Valley

34-6

Lisbon

22-6

Winthrop

20-0

John Bapst

34-14

Cheverus

34-6

Cape

41-6

York

34-6

Morse

35-0

Madison

12-6

Dirigo

38-8

Traip

20-14The Deering High football team had a special visitor the week of its opener against Portland. Dick Capp, a Deering standout who graduated in 1960 and a member of the Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl II champs, talked to the team about his time as a high school player, the importance of giving your all and playing for legendary coach Vince Lombardi.

Capp was a member of Deering's 1959 Class A state championship team, and was an All-State end as a senior.

Capp, vacationing at the family camp in South Casco, was driving through his old neighborhood when he decided to visit Deering. He was walking the hallways when he ran into Athletic Director Bill LeRoy, who asked Capp if he would talk to the team.

''I didn't talk very long, maybe five minutes,'' said Capp. ''I told them how important it is to play with passion, as if every play could be your last. I talked about our 1959 team and how we hung in there on Thanksgiving Day and rallied to beat Portland for the state title.''

Capp also related how Lombardi got in his face because he didn't dive to knock a punt from going into the end zone for a touchback in the Super Bowl.

''There was about a minute and half left (in a 33-14 victory over Oakland), but Coach Lombardi was still upset,'' he said.

Capp, who also played basketball and ran track, spent a postgraduate year at Worcester (Mass.) Prep. There he was recruited by Boston College to play basketball.

''Boston College had already signed five players for basketball so they gave me a half-scholarship,'' said Capp, who now lives in Cary, N.C.

''One day, the BC football coach Jim Miller was watching basketball practice. He was looking for an end. That's how I started playing football at BC. I had a half scholarship for basketball and a half scholarship for football.''

After college, Capp tried out for the then-Boston Patriots and was put on the equivalent of a practice squad. He eventually ended up with the Packers, then was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, then the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played in 14 games on special teams in the 1968 season before retiring.

Capp, who has five children, owns a commercial cleaning company.

''We've had people who have had success in football come and speak to the team,'' said Deering Coach Greg Stilphen. ''Dick Capp is part of the Deering football family. He talked about his experience at Deering and how football really helped him. He talked about playing for Coach Vince Lombardi. It was all pretty cool.''

CHEVERUS IS off to a fast start with a 2-0 record. The Stags opened with a victory at Gorham, then beat Windham at home.

Cheverus controlled the tempo in both games with a huge edge in time of possession. In two games the Stags have had the ball 64 minutes and 35 seconds to their opponents' 31 minutes and 25 seconds.

EIGHT WESTERN Class A teams will get a head start on the third week of the season by playing tonight. The games were moved from their regular Friday night slot because of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish holiday.

In action will be Deering at Bonny Eagle, Portland at Westbrook, Kennebunk at Biddeford and Scarborough at Sanford. All games start at 7 p.m.

BIDDEFORD SOPHOMORE Nate McKeown could be a throwback -- a lineman who kicks.

McKeown, son of John McKeown, the former Biddeford High and UMass standout, kicked two field goals last week in a 22-10 victory against Massabesic.

McKeown booted a 23-yard field goal to make it 3-3, then kicked a 30-yarder to give Biddeford a 13-10 lead. McKeown also had two extra points.

In the opening game, a 27-0 win over Marshwood, McKeown made 3 of 4 extra points.

McKeown's kicking could be limited tonight against Kennebunk. He injured his ankle Monday in a junior varsity game.

Staff Writer Tom Chard can be reached at 791-6419 or at:

tchard@pressherald.com

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