Thursday, December 5, 2013
A few tidbits from Cony’s 35-7 loss to Brunswick on Friday night.
• The Rams were overpowered on the line on both sides of the ball. Brunswick’s offensive line opened big holes for a trio of backs including Keith Kitchens, Dylan Walton and Jordan Rysdam.
“They’ve got a couple of running backs that are real good,” Cony coach Robby Vachon said. “If you can’t stop the run you’re going to be in trouble.”
• On the other side of the ball, Cony protected quarterback Ben Lucas fairly well, but couldn’t open any holes for junior Brandon St. Michel. The Rams all but abandoned the run by the second half.
• Lucas completed 13 of 24 passes for 173 yards, including several flanker screens to either St. Michel or Chandler Shostak. He had little time to look down field, and may have gotten a little lucky on two long completions to Chase Shostak. The first went for a touchdown of 31 yards and looked like it would be intercepted. But both Brunswick defenders mistimed and misjudged the ball as it got behind them.
Lucas was hit as he threw the second to Shostak, but the senior came back for the ball as it fluttered down field.
• The Rams played better in the second half twice recovering Brunswick fumbles in the third quarter, the second leading to their only touchdown.
• Sophomore Charlie Hallack made a nice weaving run of 19 yards on fourth down and inches on his only carry of the game. Tight end Phil Obert also had a nice catch of 18 yards, hanging on the ball just as he was hit.
• A Brunswick coach remarked that Chandler Shostak had a “little bit of Duncklee in him” in reference to elusive QB Luke Duncklee who graduated last spring. Shostak caught six passes for 56 yards.
Gary Hawkins has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1980. His primary beats are baseball, boys basketball, girls and boys soccer and golf.