They didn’t have their starting quarterback. They lost possession on the opening kickoff. And they trailed at halftime.

None of that mattered Friday night to the Bonny Eagle Scots. They took control in the second half and routed Deering 42-7 Friday night at Memorial Field.

Nick Clark had touchdown runs of 74, 61 and 5 yards in the second half as Bonny Eagle (3-2) won its third straight.

Deering (3-2) scored on its first possession but never saw the end zone again. The Scots outscored Deering 36-0 in the second half.

“I felt like we had some good momentum but, once the gear shifted, our mindset changed,” Deering Coach Jason Jackson said. “We have to handle adversity better.”

Clark finished with 180 yards on 14 carries. Cam Day, filling in for quarterback Zack Brannon (sprained ankle), ran for 170 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries while throwing for 54 yards and another score.

“We didn’t miss a beat with Cam in there,” Bonny Eagle Coach Kevin Cooper said.

Deering scored first after executing a perfect squib kick to start the game. Joe Burke recovered it for the Rams at the Bonny Eagle 36.

With the ball at the 25 a few plays later, quarterback Max Chabot fumbled the snap, then picked up the ball and sprinted around left end for a touchdown. Jesus Molina Mendez’s extra point made it 7-0.

But the Rams gained only 154 yards the rest of the night.

“Our defense is really starting to play well,” Cooper said. “We were worried about Chabot. He’s pretty slippery.”

Defensive linemen Arlo Pike and Lukkas Pierce and linebacker Nick Thorne were among those who kept Chabot contained.

Day capped the Scots’ second drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. Bonny Eagle tried a trick play on the conversion but had a lateral picked off.

Deering led 7-6 at halftime. But during the break, the Scots strategized.

“We thought we had a chance on a split-side trap,” Cooper said. “Our line blocked great and Nick hit the hole great.”

Clark got the ball on Bonny Eagle’s third play of the second half, and his eyes widened.

“I just saw open field and I ran as fast as I could,” Clark said.

He didn’t stop until he reached the end zone 74 yards away, putting the Scots ahead 12-7.

After Deering had a second straight drive fizzle in Bonny Eagle territory, the Scots called for the trap again, and Clark sprinted for a 61-yard score.

The points kept coming. Ben Autry caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Day. Christian Napolitano, who was 4 for 4 for extra points, ran for a 5-yard touchdown.

Deering is at Oxford Hills next week, while Bonny Eagle plays host to Windham.


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