September 23, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL NOTES: Cony looks to rebound against Lawrence

By Bill Stewart bstewart@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

The Cony football team received a wake-up call when it lost to Brunswick 54-38 in a Pine Tree Conference Class B game Friday night at Crimmins Field.

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Cony's Tayler Carrier looks for running room after slipping past Brunswick's Taran Payne during the first half of the Rams' 54-38 loss Friday.

Portland Press Herald photo by Gabe Souza

WEEKLY HONOR ROLL

• Oak Hill quarterback Parker Asselin completed all seven of his passing attempts for 173 yards and a touchdown in a 38-0 win over Maranacook.
• Oak Hill running back Kyle Flaherty rushed for 76 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries.
• Oak Hill running back Alex Mace rushed for 103 yards and caught a 79-yard touchdown pass.
• Cony quarterback Ben Lucas completed 36 of 58 passes for 444 yards and five touchdowns in a 54-38 loss to Brunswick.
• Winthrop/Monmouth wide receiver Zach Phinney returned a kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown in a 28-14 win over Dirigo.
• Winthrop/Monmouth running back Zach Glazier rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

The Rams (2-1), who trailed by just eight points with about five minutes to play, struggled all night to stop the Dragons’ wing-T offense.

“The bottom line is, we couldn’t stop their run and they couldn’t stop our pass,” Cony coach Robby Vachon said. “I actually thought we played pretty good in the second half.”

The Rams trailed 32-12 at the half but made some defensive adjustments that worked, at least a little, in the second half.

“We put six in the box,” Vachon said. “We had to.”

Cony (2-1) hosts Lawrence (2-1) on Friday night at Alumni Field. It’s homecoming night for Cony.
Lawrence beat Cony in the PTC A championship game last fall 22-10.

“I think we’ll rebound well,” Vachon said. “We have to turn the page from (Brunswick), and I think we will. Lawrence is tough but we’ll be prepared. There are a lot of teams in the league that still control their own destiny, and we are one of them.”

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Oak Hill senior quarterback Parker Asselin enjoyed one of his best performances in his career last Saturday, when he completed all seven passing attempts for 173 yards and a touchdown in a 38-0 victory over Maranacook.

Asselin, a three-year starter, is one of many reasons why the Raiders (3-0) are off to an impressive start.

“He’s always been a good throwing quarterback,” Oak Hill coach Stacen Doucette said. “He’s always thrown a good ball. It’s just this year we’ve been doing it a little more. Parker calls 90 percent of our plays. His responsibilities increase each week.”

The Raiders relied primarily on the run last season but have tried to stay more balanced this year. With the shifty Alex Mace, who starts at tailback, a threat in the passing game, Doucette has opened up the playbook a bit in the early going.

Furthermore, the Raiders have implemented a hurry-up offense, which they use sporadically throughout their games.

“We decided that this year we need to use all the weapons we have,” Doucette said. “We need to use all our athletes.”

Oak Hill hosts fellow unbeaten Winthrop/Monmouth (3-0) in a key Western D Campbell Conference game Saturday in Wales.

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The Ramblers (3-0) are off to their best start in three years, with impressive victories against Lisbon and Dirigo already on their resume.

But coach Joel Stoneton knows the team’s biggest test comes Saturday, when it visits Oak Hill.

The Raiders (3-0) and Ramblers are the lone undefeated teams in Western D Campbell Conference.

“This is a huge test for us,” Stoneton said. “It’s definitely a showdown. You can’t deny the fact we are the only undefeated teams left. I’m really curious to see how we line up with this team.”

The Ramblers last won three straight in 2010, and are relying on a tough ground game and stingy defense. They are allowing just 7.3 points a game while scoring 20.7.

One of the deepest teams in the conference, Winthrop/Monmouth has more than 60 players on its roster. The depth is a luxury in Western D as the Ramblers can rotate players on both sides of the ball throughout the game.

However, Oak Hill could test that depth when it runs its hurry-up offense.

“It will make it hard to substitute, that’s for sure,” Stoneton said. “We’re going to face a big test.”

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Maranacook coach Joe Emery said his team needs to play “with more intensity” after it lost to Oak Hill 38-0 on Saturday.

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