Thornton Acadmey’s C.J. LaBreck is guarded by a Bonny Eagle defender on Saturday. ALEX SPONSELLER/ Journal Tribune

Thornton Acadmey’s C.J. LaBreck is guarded by a Bonny Eagle defender on Saturday. ALEX SPONSELLER/ Journal Tribune

SACO – The Defending Class A state champion Bonny Eagle football team powered past host Thornton Academy 49-14 to spoil the Trojans’ homecoming game at Hill Stadium on Saturday.

The Trojans led 14-13 midway through the second quarter, but the turning point came late when Bonny Eagle quarterback Connor Sirois hit Kordell Menard for a 22-yard touchdown, and later hit tight end Arlo Pike for a 21-yard score with just 19 seconds left in the half to give the Scots the 27-14 lead at the break.

“That last five or six minutes hurt us when they got two scores at the end of the half,” said TA head coach Kevin Kezal. “They’re a very good football team, they take advantage of any opportunity they have and we gave them a lot of opportunities.”

Thornton Academy’s Anthony Bracamonte carries the ball on Saturday. ALEX SPONSELLER/Journal Tribune

Thornton Academy’s Anthony Bracamonte carries the ball on Saturday. ALEX SPONSELLER/Journal Tribune

Bonny Eagle used that momentum to blow the score open in the third quarter and to put the game out of reach for TA.

Sirois would connect with Menard again for a 12-yard pass to extend the lead to 35-14. Running back Alex Sprague later rushed for a 14-yard score, and Chael Anastacio would intercept a Will Mitchell pass and return in to the TA 3-yard line the next drive. Sprague would score on the next play to make it 49-14 heading into the fourth quarter.

“They certainly made a lot more plays than we did today and that’s why they’re the defending state champs,” said Kezal. “We just didn’t make enough plays and had too many breakdowns. It’s not just us, they created some of those too.”

The Scots opened the first drive of the game by scoring on a 10-yard run by Sprague. TA responded with a score of its own when Cam Houde had a 27-yard rush to knot things at 7-7. Sprague would then return the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for the score to regain the lead for Bonny Eagle.

TA would get its final lead of the game early in the second quarter when Anthony Bracamonte scored on a  6-yard run.

Mitchell finished the day with 46 yards passing for TA, while Bracamonte finished with 101 yards on the ground. C.J. LaBreck finished with 36 yards receiving.

The Trojans fall to 4-1 on the season, and hope to see better results in big games moving forward.

“We just couldn’t make the plays when we had the chance. We missed on some plays and defensively we had a hard time slowing them down,” said Kezal. “There were just things that you can’t have in big games like this, you can’t give them big plays.”

 


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