October 12, 2012

Football Notebook: Westbrook leads Crabtrees, but tough games remain

By Tom Chard tchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Westbrook's come-from-behind victory over York a week ago propelled it into first place in the Western Class B Crabtree point standings.

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Ryan Casale

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Ryan Casale, Cheverus: Casale, a tight end, scored three touchdowns in a 21-7 win over Bonny Eagle. He had TD receptions of 11, 22 and 2 yards. At linebacker, he had 10 tackles.

HONORABLE MENTION

Cale Bolig, Westbrook: Bollig scored four touchdowns and two 2-point conversions in a 48-34 win over York. Bollig rushed for 146 yards on 18 carries.

Alex Shain, Sanford: Shain scored five touchdowns in the Spartans' 46-12 win over South Portland. Shain scored on runs of 3, 7, 7 and 6 yards, and on a 60-yard interception.

Nick Leblond, Biddeford: Leblond led the Tigers to a key win, 12-0 over Portland, to keep their playoff hopes alive. He threw a touchdown pass and ran for one.

The Blazes shouldn't get comfortable. With two weeks left in the regular season, it's still a tight race among five teams.

Westbrook is followed by Marshwood, which it plays in two weeks, and Wells, tied for second. York is next, followed by Greely.

Westbrook, Marshwood, Wells and Greely are 5-1. York is 4-2.

"I think any of the top five teams are capable of winning the Western Maine championship," said Westbrook Coach Jeff Guerette. "It's an important next two weeks. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out. I think we have one of the toughest schedules so that should help us in Crabtree points."

Adding intrigue is the top teams have knocked each other off. Westbrook has beaten Wells and Marshwood. Wells has beaten Marshwood. Marshwood has beaten York. York has beaten Greely and Greely has beaten Westbrook. Wells and York play their traditional last game of the regular season next Friday night.

Trailing 22-8 at halftime against York, Westbrook scored 28 straight points and beat the Wildcats, 48-34.

"We shot ourselves in the foot in the first half with our penalties and York took it to us," said Guerette. "At halftime we talked about cleaning up our mistakes and playing a disciplined second half. It was certainly our most important half of the season. It told us about our character and the type of team we are. When we play disciplined football, we can be a good team."

Westbrook's final two regular-season games are on the road, Friday night at Falmouth (1-5) and next Friday night at Marshwood. 

IN WESTERN CLASS A there's Thornton Academy and Cheverus, then everyone else.

Heading into their showdown Saturday, Thornton is first in the Crabtree standings with Cheverus a close second, separated by just over two points. The winner of their game likely will sew up home-field advantage for the playoffs.

The real competition is for the final three playoff spots, with as many as seven teams in contention.

Scarborough and Portland are likely in the playoffs. Certainly the Red Storm are with five wins. Portland can write its ticket by beating Scarborough on Friday night at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Windham, which has three wins, plays at Sanford, another 3-3 team in search of one or two more wins. Bonny Eagle, Deering, Noble, Sanford, Massabesic, Kennebunk and Biddeford still have playoff hopes. 

MOUNTAIN VALLEY Coach Jim Aylward was forced to miss last week's game against Wells with what was termed a medical emergency.

Aylward explained his situation in an e-mail: "I am home now. I had a severe throat infection which required a couple of surgeries.

"It started with tooth extractions. There's nothing bad in my prognosis. I just need time to heal up. Everything long term is fine. I attended football practice Thursday for the first time in a week. I had never missed a day of football in 28 years before this. That has hurt more than the throat." 

CAMDEN HILLS will join other schools by bringing in portable lights for a night game. The Windjammers will play Nokomis at 7 p.m. Friday at Don Palmer Field.

"This is the first time we've done it in Camden Hills," said Athletic Director Steve Alex. "It's something to promote the football team. Other schools have done it."

Through funding by the Five Towns Booster Organization, the school is bringing in eight light stands. Alex said if it proves successful, the team will play under the lights next Friday night in its final game against Belfast.

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