YARMOUTH – Yarmouth football coach Jim Hartman likes to use all his options as often as he can.

The top-seeded Clippers shared the load Friday night among four running backs — seniors Anders Overhaug and Bart Gallagher, junior Caleb Uhl and sophomore Matt Woodbury — and also showed their athleticism on special teams as they beat No. 8 Oak Hill 45-6 in a Western Class C quarterfinal.

“I think it’s been good using the four guys we have in our running game,” Hartman said. “We have enough guys that can run the ball to keep the legs fresh for everybody.”

“Having the versatility in the backfield is definitely a key part of our offense,” Overhaug said.

Yarmouth (9-0) wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. After a long return by Overhaug to start the game and three running plays, speedy sophomore quarterback Brady Neujahr carried the ball 31 yards up the left side for a touchdown. Bryce Snyder kicked the extra point to put the Clippers up 7-0 with 10:45 left in the first quarter.

Having Neujahr as another option on the ground makes Yarmouth’s running game even more potent.

“We used Brady a lot more than we have all season; we’ve kind of babied him because he’s the quarterback, but he’s a great runner, and he gives our other guys a chance to take a breather,” Hartman said.

After both defenses made stops, Yarmouth got the ball back and drove down the field on two runs each by Overhaug and Uhl, which set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Woodbury that gave the Clippers a 14-0 lead.

Oak Hill (3-6) pieced together a few good drives toward the end of the first quarter that came up just short, but the Raiders got on the scoreboard with 9:39 left in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by sophomore quarterback Park Asselin. The score was set up by a string up runs by senior running back Cody Dupuy, who gained 142 yards.

Yarmouth’s defense and special teams made it tough on Oak Hill the rest of the way.

With 6:50 remaining in the second quarter, Yarmouth set up for a punt on fourth-and-long, but Dennis Erving took the snap and threw a 31-yard pass to Nate Shields-Auble. Three plays later, Uhl took a handoff on a reverse and ran for a 10-yard score to put the Clippers up 21-6.

Erving also had a 43-yard punt that pushed the Raiders back to their own 3 just before halftime.

“We preach that special teams are what win the championships, and we work hard at it,” Hartman said. “We got to look at some things in film that Oak Hill did, and spent a lot of time on special teams this week.”

Overhaug scored just over three minutes into the second half on a 12-yard run. Then, after Yarmouth recovered a fumble at its own 42, Overhaug scored again on a 13-yard run to put his team up 35-6 with 1:49 left in the third.

Snyder intercepted a pass on Oak Hill’s next drive, leading to his field goal early in the fourth quarter. Uhl then added another touchdown on an 18-yard run.

Yarmouth will face either Winslow or Lisbon in the semifinals. Hartman says his team will be prepared for either team.

“We just have to play football,” he said. “We have to focus on the fundamentals and have a good week of practice. We don’t look ahead too far. We take it one game at a time.”


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