SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Zach Doyon let the Greely High School football team know it was in for a long night from the first play from scrimmage.
The Marshwood junior running back scampered 39 yards on the opening play and Luc Blanchette capped the drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak just 1:30 into Friday night’s Western Maine Class B game. One of the Class B favorites, the Hawks scored all of their points in the first half in a 47-0 victory over Greely in their season-opener.
“We had some penalties that we’d like to eliminate, but I thought we controlled the ball, ran the ball well, and the kids executed the game plan,” Marshwood coach Alex Rotsko said. “Overall, it was a very good first game.”
Marshwood (1-0) is coming off an 8-3 season that ended with a loss to Kennebunk in the regional title game; the Hawks also lost in the 2012 Class B championship game to Mount Blue.
With the long-range goal of completing their championship mission, the Hawks wasted no time in dictating their will this season.
Following Blanchette’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Jack Spear, it was time for senior running back Brett Gerry to take over.
Gerry found himself in a rare position, awaiting a pass down the field, and Kyle Parmley found him. Gerry shook off tacklers and ran the remaining 30 yards to complete a 64-yard touchdown pass to give Marshwood a 20-0 lead with 44 seconds left in the first quarter.
“I was at fullback and it really shouldn’t have been me going out for the pass,” Gerry said, “but Kyle threw a great ball and the rest is history.”
Regarded as one of the top players in the state, Gerry got back to what he does best by busting a 73-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. His final carry was a 32-yard scoring run that gave Marshwood a 33-0 lead with 6:07 left in the half.
After gaining over 1,000 yards despite battling a high-ankle sprain all of last season, Gerry appeared to be fully healthy. He ended up with 126 yards on seven carries.
“He was injured most of last year, so he’s feeling good,” Rotsko said. “He tried to play through it last season; I’m not sure if he was ever 100 percent. He looked pretty healthy tonight.”
Greely was coming off a 5-4 season that ended with a loss to Westbrook in the regional quarterfinals. The Rangers were playing without injured starting quarterback Matt Pisani.
Freshman Nick Gauvin replaced Pisani and threw two interceptions. Ryan O’Neil returned one of the picks 36 yards to set up a 9-yard scoring run from Doyon. Austin Boyle gave the Hawks a 47-0 lead late in the first half with an 18-yard touchdown run.
“Marshwood is a very good team and are very focused,” Greely coach David Higgins III said. “Nothing to take away from them, but I just have to do a better job in preparing my kids and getting them ready. It’s tough starting with a team like us. They’re awesome. They put it to us, and hopefully we can learn from it.”
The Hawks travel to Rockland next Friday to play Oceanside, which lost 27-20 to Morse on Friday. Marshwood defeated Oceanside 53-8 last season.
“Everyone was hyped up and we started the game with a great play and we finished it from there,” Gerry said. “We’re not thinking about the Gold Ball right now.”
marshwood 47, greely 0
Greely 0 0 0 0 — 0
Marshwood 20 27 0 0 — 47
Mar—Blanchette 1 run (kick failed), 10:30
Mar—Spear 41 pass from Blanchette (Parmley kick), 7:02
Mar—Gerry 64 pass from Parmley (Parmley kick), :44
Mar—Gerry 73 run (kick failed), 8:54
Mar—Gerry 32 run (Parley kick), 6:07
Mar—Doyon 9 run (Parmley kick), 4:34
Mar—Boyle 18 run (Bossi kick), 1:58
RUSHING— Greely: Gauvin 10-23, Ray 8-11, Grandchamp 2-4, Anderson 2-2, ; Marshwood: Gerry 7-126, Doyon 2-48, Locke 4-26, Sarzynski 8-23, Boyle 1-18, Howarth 2-12, Blanchette 3-13, Stacy 3-13, Hanson 1-3, Caverly 1-0, Spear 1- (-1), Herrick 2- (-2).
PASSING—Greely: Gauvin 4-12-23 (2 INTs); Marshwood: Parmley 2-2-81 (1TD), Blanchette 1-1-41 (1 TD).
RECEIVING— Greely: Wood 1-9, Anderson 2-9, Grandchamp 1-5; Marshwood: Gerry 1-64, Spear 1-41, Blanchette 1-17.