Friday, March 7, 2014
From staff reports
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AS A VETERAN quarterback, senior Kyle Heath knows how big a role the fullback plays in Westbrook's wing-T offense. So he had no problem when Coach Jeff Guerette opted to move freshman Bailey Sawyer to quarterback and slide Heath in at fullback after the Blue Blazes' 1-1 start.
They felt some growing pains in a 41-8 loss to Greely on Sept. 27. But the move paid off Friday night in the Blazes' 44-22 victory over Falmouth.
"At fullback, I'm able to get a lot more involved in blocking," Heath said. "It keeps the defense honest on inside runs, and it helps (tailback Collin Joyce) run that sweep well."
Heath's right about that. He ran for 104 yards and two TDs, and Joyce got loose for 152 yards and three rushing TDs against the Yachtsmen.
TEACHING YOUNGER players to execute plays is a matter of repetition. The same can be said of learning to compete at the varsity level. Lopsided scores make the task all the more difficult.
"Part of the process is learning to maintain focus and intensity the whole game," said Falmouth Coach John Fitzsimmons.
The 3-2 Yachtsmen have had big wins over Gorham (48-0) and Oceanside (55-6), and big losses to York (34-0) and Westbrook (44-22). The lone close game was a 7-0 win over Morse on Sept. 13.
"We're good enough to be a playoff team," Fitzsimmons said.
"We need to be ready to match the intensity that better teams like York and Westbrook bring into the game and keep throughout the game. It's a process and we'll get there."
-- Staff Writers Glenn Jordan, Tom Chard and Correspondent Greg Reid contributed to this report.