STANDISH – Five weeks ago, the Bonny Eagle football team was winless and looking for answers.

Now, after a convincing 47-7 win over Windham Friday night, the Scots are on a five-game winning streak and appear to be the most dangerous team entering the Class A playoffs.

Bonny Eagle (5-3) will likely be the No. 4 seed when the playoffs begin next week.

Windham (4-4) expects to be the No. 7 seed.

Friday night’s game matched teams rebounding from 0-3 starts. Bonny Eagle kept moving with a balanced offense that produced 256 yards passing and 345 on the ground.

The Scots held the Eagles to 163 yards, and Windham’s only touchdown came on a 95-yard kickoff return by Damien Shepard.

Bonny Eagle quarterback Tyson Goodale threw four touchdown passes and ran for 133 yards. Halfback Nick Adkins ran for 91 yards.

Flanker Matt Burnell was everywhere. He caught four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. He gained 52 yards and a touchdown on five carries, and he threw an option pass for a 57-yard touchdown to Cam Cooper, his second TD reception.

Bonny Eagle’s surprising rout came after last week’s unexpected 41-7 romp over Deering.

It was five weeks ago that Bonny Eagle dropped to 0-3 after a 42-18 loss to Cheverus.

“Give our guys a lot of credit for turning things around,” Coach Kevin Cooper said. “We were pretty down and beat up after that loss to Cheverus.”

As the Scots celebrated in one end zone after the game, Windham Coach Matt Perkins talked about preparation.

“I wasn’t pleased with our week (of practice),” Perkins said. “Playing against Bonny Eagle, you have to match their physicalness. We didn’t. They put us on our heels.”

Bonny Eagle took a 7-0 first-quarter lead on a 73-yard drive, capped by Goodale’s 36-yard touchdown pass to Cooper on a post pattern, on a third-and-nine play.

Goodale hit Burnell on a 14-yard slant pass for a 14-0 lead.

On the Scots’ next drive, facing second-and-inches at their 43, Goodale handed off to Burnell, who heaved his touchdown pass to a wide-open Cooper for a 20-0 advantage.

“It’s nice when you practice those trick plays and they work in the game,” Cooper said.

On Windham’s next punt, Bonny Eagle fumbled and the Eagles took over on the 37. They reached the 17 but on fourth-and-1, defensive tackle Isaiah Reynolds stopped quarterback Todd Allen for a 1-yard gain.

Goodale made the score 27-0 with a 15-yard strike to Evan Amell.

Shepard ended the shutout when he took the kickoff on the 5, zipped through holes and then sprinted down the sideline, pulling the Eagles to 27-7 after halftime.

Shawn Duane’s 11-yard touchdown reception, Burnell’s 20-yard scoring run and Harrison Loring’s 21-yard TD run accounted for the scoring in the second half.

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at: [email protected]

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