September 21, 2013

With lights, Trojans still shine

In its first night game at home since 1938, Thornton Academy battles from behind to slip past Scarborough, 19-15.

By Glenn Jordan
Staff Writer

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Thornton Academy running back Demal Ruff (33) tries to sneak past Scarborough defenders, from right, Dan LeClair, Chris Cyr and Ben Garrard, during Friday night’s game at Hill Stadium in Saco. It was the first night home game for the Trojans since 1938 and they won, 19-15.

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Scarborough quarterback Ben Greenburg tries to follow a block and avoid Thornton defenders Elijah Ayotte, left, and Jimmy Remmes during Friday night’s game at Hill Stadium in Saco.

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A high snap on the point-after kick forced Greenberg, the holder, to scramble to his right, and his pass to Cyr was complete for two points and a 15-7 lead.

Once again, the Golden Trojans answered. Carter Davis returned the kickoff 43 yards before Scarborough kicker Cam Langlois dragged him down at the Scarborough 37. From there, Thornton's offensive line opened holes for Meikle, Ruff, Davis and Owen Elliot, who helped grind out three first downs before Ruff bulled in from the 1.

A conversion pass attempt to tie the score was tipped away by the Scarborough secondary to preserve the Red Storm's lead at 15-13.

TA's winning drive was set up with heavy pressure on a Scarborough punt from its end zone, giving the Trojans the ball at the Red Storm 25. Two runs by Ruff was all it took for the go-ahead score.

Scarborough's longest drive of the game, both in number of plays and yardage covered, wound up fizzling just before intermission when Thornton Academy stuffed two running plays, overcame the personal foul penalty, and survived four passing attempts.

"That was huge," Kezal said. "We bent, but we tightened when we needed to. We told them to go out and battle for 48 minutes and they made the plays they needed to and found a way to win."

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Demal Ruff raises his arms in celebration after his 22-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave Thornton Academy its first lead of the game.


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