October 31, 2013

High School Football Notebook

The top teams get restless with an extra week to prepare for the playoffs

By Tom Chard tchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Nicco DeLorenzo, Kennebunk: Has been a standout for the Rams all autumn, and last week was no exception in one of the biggest games of the regular season. He ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns as Kennebunk (8-0) completed a perfect regular season with a 21-6 win over Brunswick. DeLorenzo’s 51-yard touchdown clinched the win with just over three minutes remaining.

HONORABLE MENTION

Demel Ruff, Thornton Academy: Ruff scored four touchdowns and rushed for 204 yards as the Golden Trojans pounded Biddeford 54-6 in the annual Battle of the Bridge game.

Kyle Heath, Westbrook: Heath, the Blue Blazes’ quarterback, gained 209 yards and scored three touchdowns in only six carries as Westbrook routed Oceanside, 49-0.

Bryan Roberts, Old Orchard Beach: Scored four touchdowns and rushed for over 200 yards as the Seagulls downed Boothbay Region, 46-34.

Portland Coach Jim Hartman said the first week of a bye is challenging because “you don’t know who you are playing.”

“Defensively, you’re kind of in a limbo. We put in some new stuff, expand on what we have and do some reviewing. We try to keep the kids focused,” he said.

KENNEBUNK, BRUNSWICK and Cony would have easily been playoff teams – and high seeds – had they stayed in Class A, but the move to Class B because of realignment was just what the doctor ordered. In the long haul their programs should prosper. They’re playing against schools of similar enrollments. If they had stayed in Class A, they could have strong teams from time to time but in Class B, they have a chance to be in title contention more often than not.

THE INAUGURAL Portland High Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Nov. 27 at the Italian Heritage Center. The banquet will start at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Tickets are $25 and available at Siano’s Restaurant on Brentwood Street in Deering Center, Bruno’s Restaurant on Allen Avenue, Forest Gardens on Forest Avenue and Joe’s Smoke Shop on Congress Street. Ticket information is available at coachjim@myfairpoint.net. Being inducted are Ed Bogdanovich, John “Giant” Conroy, James Fitzpatrick, Willie Greenlaw, Shaun Hawkins, Quinton Porter and Mike Rutherford.

Tom Chard can be contacted at 791-6419 or at:tchard@pressherald.comTwitter: TomChardPPH
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