November 18, 2012

Class A football: Thornton's second half is first rate

The Trojans, down 17-16 at halftime, take control for a 37-23 victory over Lawrence.

By Tom Chard
Staff Writer

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Nick Kenney and his Thornton Academy teammates long looked forward to one moment, when they would be raising the Gold Ball as the Class A state champions. That moment came Saturday with a 37-23 win over Lawrence.

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Thornton Academy quarterback Eric Christensen eludes a dive by Xavier Lewis of Lawrence and heads into the end zone to score on a 30-yard run Saturday – part of the spurt that produced a 37-23 victory in the Class A final at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

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2012: Thornton Academy

2011: Cheverus

2010: Cheverus

2009: Windham

2008: Bonny Eagle

2007: Bonny Eagle

2006: Lawrence

2005: Bonny Eagle

2004: Bonny Eagle

2003: Deering

2002: Portland

2001: Bangor

2000: Massabesic

Alex Rizeakos of Thornton then recovered a fumble on the Lawrence 11, but the Trojans couldn't convert on fourth down from the 4.

The Bulldogs couldn't move and lined up to punt from their end zone, but defensive tackle Quinlan O'Brien broke through to block the punt, with the ball going out of the end zone for a safety and a 16-14 Thornton lead.

It was short-lived.

The Bulldogs drove to the Thornton 18 for Chad Martin's 36-yard field goal with 2.8 seconds remaining in the half to give Lawrence a 17-16 lead.

"There were several lead changes," said Libby. "You have to embrace the changes, keep your head high and come back and win it."

Kenney carried 12 times for 66 yards.

"The trap play was working," said Kenney. "We gashed them with it."

Josh Doolan finished with 83 yards on 11 carries.

"We told the players it was going to be a 48-minute game," said Kezal. "My hat's off to Lawrence. They played a heck of a game.

"I thought we did a good job against the run with a couple of exceptions. This feels great. The players and coaching staff put in a lot of energy."

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Spencer Carey of Lawrence can’t find a receiver while heading down, tackled by Michael Granger of Thornton Academy. Carey completed 7 of 16 passes for 121 yards.


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