October 21, 2013

High School Notebook: Sanford earns plaudits after upset victory

From Staff Reports

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Pisini rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns and completed 12 of 23 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. And he committed no turnovers.

“It was a lot different,’’ said Coach Dave Higgins. “He’s a very good athlete. He just works so hard and takes everything to heart. He blames himself and that starts piling up. He was in quicksand (against Kennebunk) and couldn’t get out. But he’s come a long way.’’

Pisini said, “After that (Kennebunk) game, it was pretty much the bottom for me. I felt terrible for myself. I felt I let my team down. But my teammates were so supportive. Everyone around me, my family, the community, everyone bringing me up. It means so much to come out here and give them what they wanted, to come back from that.’’

It couldn’t have come at a better time. Cony was averaging 40.8 points per game, but the Rangers dominated physically and kept the ball for long periods of time.

“We were scared to death of their offense,’’ said Higgins. “We knew they could score a lot of points and our kids came to play. It’s all about them.’’


NOT MANY observers gave Thornton Academy a chance to defeat Bonny Eagle on Saturday. But the Trojans, coming off a 49-point loss to Cheverus, upset the Scots 30-21.

Quarterback Austin McCrum said the Trojans knew they had to play their best against the previously unbeaten Scots.

“The word of the day was ‘Judgment Day,’’’ said McCrum. “We knew we had to step up and play the best we could.’’

The Trojans controlled the tempo against Bonny Eagle’s high-octane offense with a dominating running game and timely passing by McCrum, who was 11 of 18 for 97 yards and two touchdowns to Cody Lynn.

“That’s the best we’ve run all year,’’ said Coach Kevin Kezal. “Sometimes your best defense can be your offense. If you have the ball, they don’t.’’

The Trojans forced three turnovers in the fourth quarter.

Bonny Eagle Coach Kevin Cooper said the Scots “have just got to get better. We just got to get better if we’re going to win in the playoffs.’’


NATANIS GOLF PRO Dick Browne, whose family owns the 36-hole layout in Vassalboro, said the course has hosted the schoolboy championships for 30 years. It’s a good place to host it because it’s centrally located for the whole state and it has 36 holes, which means it can accommodate all the players in the team and individual championships.


– Staff writers Glenn Jordan, Mike Lowe, Tom Chard and Steve Craig contributed to this report.

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