BIDDEFORD

The Biddeford High School football team cruised to a 33-6 Class B South win over visiting Mt. Ararat Friday, keeping its undefeated record alive at 6-0.

The Tigers dominated from the get-go, jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the opening seven minutes. This set the tone for the rest of the way as Biddeford continued to rack up points often.

“That’s what we were hoping to do,” said Biddeford coach Brian Curit. “We talked about maturing as a football team and that’s how it turned out. We’ve jumped on teams early by 14, 20 points but have let them back in the game. That was our aim tonight.”

The Tigers also popped defensively, recording five interceptions — four coming in the first half.

“We had a lot of new people playing tonight. It’s not an excuse but it is what it is,” said Mt. Ararat head coach O’Neil LaPlante. “They got ahead of us quick in the first half with interceptions and so forth … we had a young quarterback that never started a varsity game. He was pressed into service but as the game went on, he got better.”

“I was very pleased defensively — that group really works hard and they take to heart what we ask them to do,” said Curit.

Cam Lantagne scored Biddeford’s first points on an 11-yard run, followed by a 5-yard run from Joey Curit less than three minutes later.

Austin Dutremble rushed for an 8-yard score to begin the second quarter, followed by another rushing touchdown from Carter Edgerton to give Biddeford a 27-0 lead at halftime. Dutremble scored his second rushing touchdown on Biddeford’s opening drive in the second half, putting the game out of reach for Mt. Ararat.

Despite the lackluster first half, the Eagles continued to grind and played a solid second half. The Mt. Ararat defense recovered a fumble, followed by another fumble recovery on a punt from Garrett Moody in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles’ lone touchdown came on a 4-yard run by Jacob O’Neill with 3:48 remaining in the game.

LaPlante was happy with his squad’s effort throughout the 48-minute battle.

“We had some lineman step up. It’s amazing how the score in the first half was 27-0 then in the second half it was (6-6),” said LaPlante. “I was very pleased with the effort. One expression that we want from the kids is to leave it on the field … tonight they did.”

Coach Curit was also excited to see offensive contributions from all phases of the unit.

“We’ve got a lot of weapons. Brady Crepeau will be back, but it has forced us to spread the ball around. You saw what kind of player Austin Dutremble is, Joey (Curit) has had a solid campaign, Cam Lantagne can run the ball, the offensive line played great … it was an all-around great performance.”

Although LaPlante was disappointed with the loss, he found a handful of learning points for his young team moving forward.

“You can’t say anybody didn’t try. They may have made mistakes and have been overpowered by a physically better team but they left it on the field. I don’t have a complaint in the world,” said LaPlante. “We knew what we had to do and we tried to the best we could. We put people in the proper positions, but sometimes we did it, sometimes we did not … that’s the difference between an experienced team like they have.”



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