September 20, 2013

Football Notebook: Lake Region shows signs of turning its fortunes around

By Tom Chard tchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Justin Zukowski

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Justin Zukowski, Portland: Zukowski carried the ball 20 times for 284 yards and a touchdown as the Bulldogs beat Deering 45-19. Zukowski scored on a 6-yard run on the team's opening drive.

HONORABLE MENTION

Capen Macomber, Biddeford: Macomber gained 133 yards, and scored on runs of 2 and 4 yards as the Tigers beat Massabesic, 34-14.

Nicco DeLorenzo, Kennebunk: DeLorenzo scored on an 89-yard opening kickoff return and added three touchdowns runs from scrimmage as the Rams beat York 38-14 in a renewal of a long football rivalry.

Ben Greenberg, Scarborough: Greenberg showed his running and passing abilities in a 34-7 win over Bangor. Greenberg gained 98 yards on 12 carries and passed for 145 yards and one touchdown on 6 of 12 completions.

"A bunch of those teams were in Class A and had well-established football programs. We're hoping for a competitive game. Marshwood is a fast and physical team which generally doesn't beat themselves. We have some inexperience guys who are still developing. This will be a good test to tell us where we stand," he said.

The Blue Blazes will look to take some of the running pressure off Collin Joyce with halfback Maurice Johnson and quarterback Kyle Heath. Tight end Noah Collins is a key target for Heath.

BIDDEFORD PRESENTED Coach Brian Curit his first win in his return as the Tigers beat Massabesic, 34-14 last week. Curit last coached the Tigers in 2006.

"We decided to play Biddeford defense," said Curit.

The Tigers dropped their opening game to Bonny Eagle, 48-14.

While crediting the Scots with a well-deserved win and being impressed with their talent, Curit felt his team's opening game jitters and being out of position on defense contributed to the margin of defeat.

"Bonny Eagle is one of the best teams around. They're stocked with athletes. A few times, I thought our defense had them pinned in only to have Bonny Eagle explode past us. I was very impressed with them. We took a step in the right direction last week, but we're definitely not where we want to be by any stretch."

Biddeford plays at Noble Friday. The game has been moved to 4 p.m.

IT WILL SEEM strange for some time to associate Cheverus, Deering, Portland and Windham with Eastern Maine in football. That was accentuated with the weekly release of the Eastern Maine Class A statistics. The top three rushers are Justin Zukowski of Portland and Liam Sullivan of Windham with 446 yards each and Joe Fitzpatrick of Cheverus with 344 yards.

The leading passer in Eastern Maine is Deering sophomore Max Chabot with 204 yards and two touchdowns with 31 completions on 60 attempts. Noah Stebbins of Cheverus leads in receiving with four receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

Staff Writer Tom Chard can be reached at 791-6419 or at:

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