Thursday, May 23, 2013
By Travis Lazarczyk firstname.lastname@example.org
WINSLOW - The Winslow High School football team is blessed with three talented running backs. Even when one goes down, as was the case in Saturday afternoon's Campbell Conference Class C quarterfinal game against Yarmouth, the other two can step up and keep the chains moving.
The top-seeded Black Raiders ran for 465 yards Saturday afternoon to notch a 50-22 win over the two-time defending Class C state champion Clipppers. Winslow, now 8-1, will host No. 4 Traip next Saturday. No. 8 Yarmouth ends its season at 2-7.
The Black Raiders played just hours after learning that two Winslow High School students, Scott Loisel and Alexandria Ferland, had been killed in a car accident Friday night.
"I'm very proud of our kids for the way they concentrated. A lot of them were playing with heavy hearts because it was their friends that passed away last night in that automobile accident," Winslow coach Mike Siviski said. "There wasn't the usual pregame hype, but the kids came out and played hard. I'm proud of them for that."
In the first half, Joe Hopkins ran for 142 yards on nine carries for Winslow, and opened the scoring with a 52-yard touchdown run two and a half minutes into the game.
Hopkins injured his right shoulder late in the second quarter and did not return. He joined teammates after the game with his right arm in a sling.
With Hopkins out, Dylan Hapworth made sure the Black Raiders offense didn't slow down. The sophomore ran for 133 of his game-high 223 yards in the second half, and scored on touchdown runs of 3 and 15 yards in the fourth quarter to help Winslow seal the win.
"Taking (Hopkins') spot is filling some big shoes. He's just a great overall running back," said Hapworth, who also caught an 8-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Added Siviski: "It really wasn't that easy. The game was pretty tight there, for a while. They're the defending state champs, and they didn't go down."
The Clippers' Matthew Woodbury scored on a 4-yard run to cut Winslow's lead to 30-22 early in the second half.