September 12, 2013

High School Football Notebook: A long way to go, but Riots pleased with opening win

By Tom Chard
Staff Writer

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Duncan Preston


Duncan Preston, South Portland: Preston passed for four touchdowns and ran for 137 yards as the Red Riots opened the season with a 26-13 win over defending Class A state champion Thornton Academy. Preston completed 16 of 21 passes for 238 yards.


Josh Schroder, Sanford: Schroder scored two touchdowns and passed for one as the Spartans beat Scarborough, 21-6. He carried 29 times for 123 yards. He also intercepted a pass and handled the punting.

Collin Joyce, Westbrook: Joyce engineered a comeback against York that resulted in a 20-14 win. He scored two touchdowns and gained 203 yards on 23 carries.

Liam Sullivan, Windham: Sullivan carried 31 times and gained 285 yards as the Eagles won their opener, 28-6 against Deering. Sullivan scored two touchdowns in the second half.


The bell became available and school officials, who had been looking for a "Victory Bell" to ring after wins, took possession.

The bell was given to St. Mary's Church in 1947 by Louis John and Aurora Zaharis, whose son, Jim, and other family members were present at Saturday's halftime dedication. The bell sits at the east end of Olmsted Field.

Zaharis played football and ran track for Westbrook High, graduating in 1949.

"I'm tickled pink that the bell is at the high school," said Zaharis. "I'm sure there will be plenty of chances to ring it."

Westbrook's 20-14 win over York on Saturday was emotional. The Blue Blazes scored 14 points in the final 5:14 to pull it out.

Running back Collin Joyce brought his team back with some power and elusive running. finishing with 203 yards rushing on 24 carries and two touchdowns.

The teams played twice last year, York winning in a Western Class B semifinal.

Not being accustomed to having a Victory Bell, the Blazes almost forgot to ring it after beating York.

THE PORTLAND at Deering game Thursday will start at 5 p.m. Another game with an early start Friday is Kennebunk at York at 4 p.m. -- a posible preview of the Western Class B final. Westbrook and Marshwood, however, have other plans.

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