STANDISH — Zach Dubiel ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the second half as Bonny Eagle pulled away to beat Biddeford 32-12 on Friday night.

And he could barely contain his disappointment.

“That is not how state championship teams play,” said Dubiel, a senior quarterback and safety. “It’s definitely a wake-up call. We know that teams are going to come out and they’re going to want to beat us. Class A returning state champions, they want to beat Bonny Eagle. So we’ve got to come out every night ready to play and ready to knock heads.”

The Scots committed nine penalties, two of which negated touchdowns. Dubiel threw an interception. They led only 12-6 at halftime.

This was cause for alarm on the home team’s sideline.

“It was just mental stuff,” said senior wide receiver and safety Josh Dubay, who scored Bonny Eagle’s first touchdown on a 6-yard run. “We’re never happy. We’re always moving on.”


Biddeford, which moves down to Class B next year and was starting sophomore Joey Curit at quarterback instead of the injured Casey Twomey, took it to the Scots with a punishing running attack. Fullback Capen Macomber led the charge with 24 carries for 155 yards and a touchdown.

Lucas Rhoy gave the Tigers an early lift when he rambled for 23 yards on a fake punt. That set up a 1-yard dive by Curit that gave Biddeford its lone lead at 6-0.

The Tigers only completed two passes, but they were able to move the ball for most of the game. They turned it over four times on downs and twice lost fumbles. The biggest sequence came at the Bonny Eagle 18 on the first play of the fourth quarter. It was fourth-and-4, and Scots Coach Kevin Cooper called for a safety blitz.

Dubay came through the line unblocked and tracked Curit down for a 7-yard loss. Three plays later, Dubiel found Matt Smith down the near sideline with a perfectly placed pass for a 54-yard touchdown and a 26-6 lead.

“We took a little bit of a gamble sending our safety on that, and Nick made a great play,” Cooper said. “He’s headsy like that, a real instinctive playmaker.”

So is Dubiel. He capped the opening drive of the second half by scoring on a 23-yard run.


“That was huge for us,” Cooper said. “If Biddeford stops us there, it’s going to get hairy down at the end of the game.”

Dubiel sealed the victory after two penalties backed up the Scots to their 14. On second-and-26, he tucked the ball under his arm and headed up the middle, then veered to his right, eluded a pair of tacklers and found daylight, pulling away for an 86-yard touchdown that put Bonny Eagle ahead 32-6.

“They thought we were going to pass the ball, so we just ran the quarterback draw, and my linemen blocked their butts off for me,” Dubiel said.

Still, Dubiel figured he’ll spend next week chewing out some of those same teammates. He wasn’t happy with the intensity at practice last week and, as a captain, plans to let everyone know that things need to change.

“Everybody needs to be into the practice, not just moping around,” Dubiel said.

“I’ve got to tell everybody to step up and play hard, and if you’re not playing hard, then why are you on the field?”

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