November 15, 2013

High school football: Kicker may make the difference

Some teams can count on extra points after TDs.

By Tom Chard tchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Jon Woods

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jon Woods, Bonny Eagle: Woods contributed in several ways to lead the Scots to a 27-0 playoff win over Scarborough. Woods scored touchdowns the first two times he touched the ball and finished with 100 yards rushing. He intercepted a pass and blocked a punt that led to a touchdown. With Scarborough threatening to score, Woods came up from his defensive back spot to stop the runner from scoring from the 1.

HONORABLE MENTION

Lucas McCue, Brunswick: McCue, a senior, carried the ball 22 times for 237 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Dragons beat Skowhegan 42-28 in the Eastern Class B semifinals.

Brett Gerry, Marshwood: Gerry was strong on both sides of the ball for the Hawks. He carried 22 times for 87 yards. Also, early in the second half, Gerry, a linebacker, returned his first interception in a varsity game 43 yards for a touchdown.

Cody Lynn, Thornton Academy: Lynn caught a 33-yard touchdown pass and then recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown, both in the second quarter, as the Golden Trojans defeated Sanford 35-6 in a regional semifinal playoff game.

Other teams with talented kickers like Chris Camire of Thornton Academy have an advantage.

For the most part teams know they’re going to get seven points with a touchdown and don’t have to try a 2-point conversion to get back on pace.

Both Cheverus and Portland use different people for kickoffs because their legs are a little stronger.

For Cheverus, that’s Zordan Holman, a 6-foot-6 junior tight end/defensive end. For Portland, quarterback Jordan Talbot kicks off.

Holman averages 55 yards on kickoffs and has booted 23 of his 58 kicks into the end zone. That’s a huge advantage for the defense to have the opponent start on the 20 instead of the 40, midfield or even worse, returning it for a touchdown.

KENNEBUNK AND YORK each placed six players on the Campbell Conference Class B all-star team.

Representing Kennebunk are Nick Emmons, Nicco Delorenzo, Larson Coppinger, Austin Cressy, Ben Bath and Chris Broadhead. From York are Ross Hogan, Kyle Miller, Jordan Pidgeon, Sean Kelly, Zach Hanley and Mitchell Lee. Marshwood placed five players on the all-stars.

On the Class C Campbell Conference all-stars were seven players from Leavitt. Cape Elizabeth had five players – Christian Lavallee, Caelan Houle, Ethan Murphy, Tony Moulton and Devon Stanford.

THE CHEVERUS HIGH Key Club asks that people attending Saturday’s playoff game bring a canned non-perishable food item to help supplement the 750 Thanksgiving food baskets the club will donate to the Greater Portland community. This is an annual drive. The items will be collected at the gate.

Tom Chard can be contacted at 791-6419 or at:

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