October 25, 2013

High School Football Notebook: Traditional games get Maine teams ready for playoffs

By Tom Chard tchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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DUNCAN PRESTON

Player of the Week

Duncan Preston, South Portland: Preston passed for six TDs and ran for one as the Red Riots beat Biddeford 55-24 in a game between 4-2 teams. Preston was on target from start to finish, completing 15 of 19 passes for 290 yards.

HONORABLE MENTION

Matt Pisini, Greely: Pisini passed and ran the Rangers to a 35-21 win over favored Cony. He rushed for 174 yards, and scored on runs of 38 and 43 yards, also passing for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

Chase Eldredge, Sanford: Eldredge passed for 124 yards and one touchdown, and added 104 yards rushing as the Spartans beat Noble 17-0 to secure a Western Class A playoff berth.

Noah Collins, Westbrook: Collins, a linebacker, was outstanding in a losing effort against Kennebunk. Collins finished with an interception, a fumble recovery and several key tackles.

The series began in 1893 and had a few stops and starts in the early years. The schools then met each season from 1927-54 and from 1963 to the present.

Many times the teams are contenders for the regional title.

There’s always plenty of pageantry connected with the game, which annually draws one of the largest crowds of the season. For this year’s game, set for Thornton’s Hill Stadium, the Saco Police Honor Guard will present the colors prior to the national anthem. The Saco Police and Fire departments’ first responders will be recognized. After the game, the student council presidents from both schools will present the game trophy to the winning team.

Thornton Academy has won the last two games in the series and seven of the last eight. The Tigers will be determined to end that run while starting one of their own.

“I think the athletes on both teams match up pretty well,” said Curit.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH (4-3) plays Friday night at Boothbay Region (3-4), looking to finish the regular season strongly while getting ready for the Western Class D playoffs. The top eight teams qualify.

“We’re in sixth place and can’t finish below five if we win,” said Coach Dean Plante. “It’s going to be a great tournament.”

The Seagulls are happy getting into the playoffs but as Plante said: “One injury can hurt a team’s chances.”

Old Orchard remembers some recent years when it had winning records but missed the playoffs.

“We’ve had some teams finish 6-2 and not get into the playoffs,” Plante said.

HEADING INTO the final weekend of the regular season, here are some of the statistical leaders in Eastern Class A, as compiled by Lewiston Athletic Director Jason Fuller.

Joe Fitzpatrick of Cheverus leads in rushing (1,303 yards) and touchdowns (21). Justin Zukowski of Portland is second with 1,266 yards and 17 touchdowns.

In passing, Eddie Emerson of Lewiston has thrown for 672 yards to lead in that category while Jordan Talbot of Portland has thrown the most touchdown passes with 11. Tyler Johnson of Windham is the most efficient passer at 61.19 percent.

Ace Curry of Lewiston leads pass receivers with 23 receptions for 294 yards.

Andrew St. Pierre of Edward Little is the leading tackler with 82.

 

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