Tuesday, March 11, 2014
By Greg Reid
Special to the Telegram
SCARBOROUGH - Just when you think Scarborough is going to try to run the ball down your throat all day, quarterback Ben Greenberg rolls out and reminds you what his arm can do to a defense.
Scarborough quarterback Ben Greenberg pulls away from Peter Lekakos of Biddeford and scampers for a first down Saturday during Scarborough’s 41-21 victory at home.
Photos by John Ewing/Staff Photographer
Brendan Smith, left, and Dan LeClair of Scarborough celebrate Smith’s touchdown reception in the first half.
Mix in a fumble return for a touchdown on a kickoff and a lockdown defense, and you're probably not going to head home with a victory.
That's what Biddeford found out Saturday as Scarborough pulled away for a 41-21 victory in an SMAA game at the Kippy Mitchell Sports Complex.
Dan LeClair ran 16 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and Greenberg completed 6 of 11 passes for 136 yards, two TDs and an interception as the Red Storm (2-3) snapped a two-game losing streak.
"We came out fired up," LeClair said. "Offensively we just pounded the rock and once they knew that was coming, the play-action pass was open."
"We had some kids who made some plays when we had to," Scarborough Coach Lance Johnson said. "This was good for our guys. We've played hard in our three losses with nothing to show for it, so to come out today and get a good win on Homecoming puts us on the right track."
Adding to the Tigers' challenge was the need to replace fullback Capen Macomber, who a week ago was lost for the season in Biddeford's 32-30 win over Lewiston. That job fell to sophomore Lucas Rhoy (15 carries, 83 yards, 2 TDs).
"Losing Capen is a huge loss," Biddeford Coach Brian Curit said. "Lucas, who's just a sophomore, did a super job. We didn't win but we got better as the game went on. We have a ways to go but we got better."
The third quarter was the difference. Trailing 21-7 at halftime, Biddeford's Corey Creeger took the opening kickoff 66 yards to the Scarborough 12. Two plays later, Rhoy ran 9 yards for his second TD of the day. Corey Brown hit the second of his three PATs to cut the deficit to 21-14.
Scarborough bounced back on its next possession when Greenberg hit LeClair for a 20-yard TD strike. Cam Langlois kicked his fourth PAT and the Red Storm led 28-14.
Scarborough put it away on the next play; a Biddeford return man fumbled the kickoff, and Griffen Madden scooped up the ball on the Biddeford 10 and ran into the end zone. Langlois' kick sailed wide. In a matter of 2:12, the Red Storm had built a 20-point lead.
Scarborough held Biddeford (3-2) and on its next possession LeClair's 1-yard run and Langlois' PAT pushed Scarborough's lead to 41-14.
The Red Storm started the game by running the ball inside to build a 21-7 halftime lead. Kenny Adams led the way (nine carries, 59 yards) in the half before leaving with a knee injury just before the break. Greenberg threw TD passes to Chris Cyr (36 yards) and Brendon Smith (51).
"We were pounding the (ball), and that made their deep defenders come up," Greenberg said. "We were working the ball behind them."
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Maybe a bobble, just a bobble, but Scarborough receiver Chris Cyr is able to keep his focus on the football and haul in a catch for a first down.