September 9, 2013

High School Notebook: Cape Elizabeth girls meeting their every goal

From staff reports

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"Our offense was very inconsistent," Scarborough Coach Lance Johnson said.

The Red Storm have a few days to work out the kinks before hosting Bangor on Friday.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH scored the final 34 points in its season-opening 34-13 win against Traip.

The Rangers obviously focused on stopping elusive back Joe Gildard and did a good job of it on his first nine rushing attempts (21 yards) until he broke off a 33-yard score early in the fourth quarter.

OOB has options, though. Quarterback Bryan Roberts gained 43 yards rushing and also threw scoring passes to Joe Gildard and Tyler Scott. Hunter Boutot gashed Traip up the middle for 62 yards on 13 carries. Scott was able to consistently get behind the Traip defense.

"I think that's going to make us kind of a difficult scout," Coach Dean Plante said. "You're going to have to cover sideline to sideline. If you don't, we'll find it."

Defensively, OOB looked porous at the start of the game as Traip's Matt Graham rushed for 99 yards and two long scores on four carries. After that, the Seagulls settled down, got penetration at the line, and players such as Boutot, Roberts and Connor Leask pursued well to the ball, holding Traip to 77 yards on its final 41 plays.

TRAIP'S 20-MAN roster includes eight freshmen. Six started.

Coach Ron Ross and his assistants were consciously emphasizing the positives during and after the game.

"When you're starting six freshmen you can't get on them. You've got to let them learn," Ross said. "That's what we're doing, we're letting them learn. I thought they played well tonight."

FIELD HOCKEY

MASSABESIC was sky high entering Saturday night's game at reigning Western Class A champion Scarborough. In the preseason, several Class A coaches tabbed the Mustangs as the favorites in the SMAA.

The emotions took a decided turn when senior midfielder Alex Staples, a starter since her freshman season, fell on the Scarborough turf, suffering what Coach Michelle Martin-Moore termed "a mild concussion."

Staples, an all-state player as a junior, is arguably Massabesic's best player. She's definitely the most important based on her position as the conduit between offense and defense.

"We had not played Scarborough the past two years. They weren't on our schedule. We were all ready to go and then when Alex went down, it was like, 'there's our game plan,'" Martin-Moore said.

Senior midfielder Bailey Ohman also didn't play in the second half because of a recurring back injury.

Scarborough went on to win easily, 5-1, scoring four times in the final 14:22 of the first half to take a 4-1 lead.

Scarborough led 2-0 when Massabesic got on the board. Then for the second straight game, the Red Storm responded to an opponent's goal with two of their own in quick fashion.

"It's one loss and that's what I told the girls. One loss this early doesn't determine our season. How we react could affect our season," Martin-Moore said. "In the second half to hold them to 1-0 without two of my best players, I'll take that."

-- Correspondent Greg Reid and Staff Writers Kevin Thomas and Steve Craig contributed to this report.

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