September 5, 2013

Class B High School Football: Kennebunk changes classes, hopes for big season

The Rams are looking for 'gold' after moving from Class A to Class B.

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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Kennebunk’s bid for a successful season will be focused around its three captains: left to right are running back Tyler Elkington, running back Nicco DeLorenzo and lineman Ben Bath.

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Joe Rafferty, the longtime Kennebunk High football coach, sees renewed enthusiasm along his players as they prepare for their first season in Western Class B after a decade of frustration playing against larger schools in Class A.

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Depth is a huge key, he said. When Kennebunk would suffer an injury while in Class A, the difference between the Rams' second-team player and one from the larger schools, like Bonny Eagle or Thornton Academy, was sometimes staggering.

"Here everybody is in the same boat," he said.

The new schedule reunites Kennebunk with York, Fryeburg Academy and Marshwood -- three former foes in the long-ago Southern York League. But the rest of the schedule is against mostly new opponents, like Oceanside, Greely and Falmouth.

Rafferty is making sure his players realize that nothing will come easily.

"I've also felt there were some B schools that could play with anybody," he said.

Senior running back Nicco DeLorenzo doesn't want anyone to get caught up in the stigma of letters.

"Class B I don't think it means we're any less of a football team," he said.

Ben Bath, a senior two-way lineman, said, "To us it's all about going out and competing, it doesn't matter who we're playing."

Any success the Rams have will be built on the momentum of last year's 5-3 mark. "We've got almost everyone back," said senior running back Tyler Elkington. "The excitement is something I haven't seen since I've been here.

"The excitement, the enthusiasm, the work ethic I've seen here in camp is off the charts."

DeLorenzo is ready to prove last year wasn't a fluke.

"I think my team is full of winners," he said. "We've been playing together for, like, forever. We're ready to go. We've been waiting for this for a long, long time."

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Running back Nicco DeLorenzo says Kennebunk is ready for a successful season in Western Class B after earning a playoff berth last year in Western Class A.


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