October 7, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Winthrop/Monmouth mixing things up on offense

By Bill Stewart bstewart@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

The Winthrop/Monmouth football team has used a variety of formations and looks on offense this season to make it difficult for opponents to prepare each week.

WEEKLY HONOR ROLL

• Cony quarterback Ben Lucas completed 18 of 29 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-12 win over Skowhegan.

• Cony running back Reid Shostak rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in a 31-12 win over Skowhegan.

• Cony’s Anthony Brunelle had a key interception in a 31-12 win over Skowhegan.

• Gardiner running back Brad Weston rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries in a 28-14 loss to Brewer.

• Oak Hill running back Alex Mace rushed for 68 yards on 15 carries and also caught five passes for 83 yards in a 22-21 loss to Old Orchard Beach.

• Maranacook running back Chris Robinson rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-0 win overBoothbay.

• Maranacook quarterback Kyle Morand rushed for three touchdowns in a 47-0 win over Boothbay.

• Winthrop/Monmouth running back Jake Weeks rushed for three touchdowns in a 42-6 win over Telstar.

• Winthrop/Monmouth quarterback Jared Hanson rushed for a touchdown and threw for another in a 42-6 win over Telstar.

Spread packages. The power I. The pistol.

The Ramblers have used them all, and on Saturday they tried something else in a 42-6 win over Telstar.

"We tried the double wing," Winthrop/Monmouth coach Joel Stoneton said. "We put a new offense in. We blocked it well but we didn't run it all that well."

Monmouth used the double wing offense when it competed as a club team, so a foundation was already in place. Furthermore, the double wing gets an abundance of skill position guys involved, something Stoneton wanted to do as the team prepares for what it hopes is a long run through the Western D Campbell Conference playoffs.

"We knew it wouldn't take a ton of time to install," Stoneton said. "The guys picked it up quick. It's a new wrinkle and we like that. We've run the spread efficiently but if you run the spread eight weeks in a row somebody out there will figure out a way to stop it.

"We're trying to strategize. It allows us to get more skill guys to touch the ball. We can do direct handoffs, stuff like that. We have a lot of guys we can rotate in and out."

Dakota Carter, Brandon Goff, Drew Stratton, Jake Weeks, Zack Phinney, among others, all had carries Saturday.

"We just want to put us in a good position," Stoneton added.

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Cony coach Robby Vachon said Skowhegan showed some different looks on defense than what it saw on film.

"They used a three-man front," Vachon said. "We weren't really expecting that; it was a little different. We just used the running game more than what we've had."

The Rams (4-1) rushed 26 times -- they average about 20 -- for 125 yards in a 31-12 victory over the Indians (2-3). Reid Shostak led the way with 102 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. John Bennett rushed for 23 yards on four carries.

Charlie Hallak, who's been sharing the carries with Shostak, was a late scratch after suffering a finger injury during warmups.

"During pre-game, he caught a ball off the top of a finger and jammed it," Vachon said. "He played, but on defense."

While the offense lost Hallak, it did receive a boost with the return of wide receiver Tayler Carrier, who was questionable all week with an ankle injury.

Carrier caught five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown before leaving in the third quarter.

"He came up gimpy in the third quarter so we decided to keep him out," Vachon said. "It's more precautionary. He had a nice game."

The Rams will host upstart Hampden (4-1) in a key Pine Tree Conference Class B game on Friday. The victor will set itself up for a possible No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

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It's been a frustrating season for Gardiner, which dropped to 0-5 with a tough 28-14 loss to Brewer last Friday.

The game pitted the only winless teams in PTC B against each other.

"It was a rough night," Gardiner coach Matt Burgess said. "It's frustrating. But the kids are OK. We all had a rough night but everyone was here at 8 a.m. on Saturday for practice. They continue to show up and play hard. It's all we can ask."

The Tigers, for the first time this season, were able to move the ball consistently against the Witches (1-4). Brad Weston rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way.

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