Marshwood 52, Gorham 0: Impressive Hawks score 46 in first half
By Al Pike / email@example.com September 27, 2019
The Hawks moved the ball with ease and held Gorham to two first downs in the first half (and one came on a penalty) while building an insurmountable lead in an eventual 52-0 rout in a Class B South matchup.
Justin Bryant rushed for 162 yards on nine carries in the first two quarters to pace the attack and scored on runs of 31, 93 and 13 yards. Cam Cornett, Connor Caverly and John Valentine also scored for Marshwood, which bounced back from last week’s one-point loss to Thornton Academy and improved to 3-1.
“I thought defensively we played really well,” said Marshwood coach Alex Rotsko. “We played hard. We pursued well. We were flying to the ball.”
Carsen Goodwin added a 12-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring. The defense was focused on stopping Gorham tailback Tyler Rollins and limited the Rams (2-2) to 1 total yard in the first half. Gorham had eight plays for negative yardage in the first half, including two sacks.
“I know their tailback probably didn’t show much but he’s a good player,” Rotsko said. “He’s one of the better running backs in our league and I thought our guys did a great job on him.”
Cullen Casey ran for a first down on a fake punt during the game’s first possession and intercepted a pass on Gorham’s third play from scrimmage to set up the Hawks’ first two touchdowns: a 10-yard run by Valentine and a 31-yard scamper by Bryant, who was just getting started.
Goodwin caught a pass from Aiden Sullivan for the two-point conversion led 15-0 with 5:27 left in the first quarter. The Hawks rushed for 295 yards in the first half.
“We executed,” Bryant said. “The offensive line did a very good job tonight with their assignments, adjusting to the different fronts and everything.”
Marshwood added a safety when Gorham recovered its own fumble in the end zone to lead 17-0 after one. Caverly scored on a 9-yard run on the second play of the second quarter and passed to Bryant for the points after to make it 25-0.
The Hawks forced a three-and-out, and Cornett scored from 32 yards out on first down to put Marshwood up 32-0. Gorham had to punt on their next possession and pinned the Hawks at their own 2.
Caverly gained 5 yards on first down and Bryant took it the rest of the way from 93 yards away on second down as the Hawks made it 39-0 with 3:29 left in the second quarter.
“It’s a long run,” Bryant said. “I was a little tired, but happy I got to do it.”
After another defensive stop, it took Marshwood just two plays the find the end zone again with Bryant doing honors from 13 yards out following a 19-yard pick-up by Valentine on the previous play.
But the fake punt on fourth-and-8 early in the first quarter got the Hawks rolling. On the schedule Gorham was sandwiched between TA last week and Biddeford next week.
“We talked about that last Sunday and Monday that this was kind of a trap game,” Rotsko said. ”‘Don’t let it be,’ and I think our kids took it to heart.”