November 23, 2012

Deering gives Portland a turkey day defeat

Senior Kenny Sweet has a hand in each Deering touchdown – three running and one passing – in the annual holiday game.

By Tom Chard
Staff Writer

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Ken Sweet of Deering dives to score during the first quarter in the Thanksgiving Day football game with Portland High School.

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Nick Volger, playing his final game for Portland, attempts to elude a tackler at Fitzpatrick Stadium. Deering won for the 10th time in the last 11 games.

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Sweet’s touchdown pass to Delgado with 7:48 to go put Deering in the driver’s seat, 21-7.

Portland’s 112 yards in penalties set it back time and again, but none was more costly than the holding penalty that wiped out a 62-yard scoring run by Jayvon Pitts-Young in the fourth quarter.

“That would have made the score 21-14 with six minutes to go,” said Portland Coach Jim Hartman. “I have to bite my tongue but wow, there were some tough calls out there.

“On our first play of the game, we had a motion penalty. The field position hurt us the whole game so we couldn’t throw. We have a lot of young kids. Hopefully they’ll learn from this.”

The Bulldogs inserted senior linebacker Tate Gale into the game with time winding down. Gale scored on a 31-yard run with a minute to go.

The Thanksgiving Day’s traditional three individual trophies were handed out on the field after the game.

Sweet won the Merv Kilgore Trophy as Deering’s MVP. Gale won the Vinnie Allen Trophy as Portland’s MVP and Deering senior lineman John Deloach received the James Banks Unsung Hero Trophy.

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Kenny Sweet, who carried 22 times for 249 yards for Deering, is hit by Tate Gale of Portland, right, while trying to leap over Dominic Fagone of the Bulldogs. Deering won 28-14 in the annual Thanksgiving game.

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