WESTERN MAINE CLASS B FOOTBALL: MARSHWOOD 61, KENNEBUNK 20
MHS football grounds, pounds Kennebunk
- Photo by Cody SmithMarshwood High School’s Brett Gerry (44) rushes the football during Friday’s Western Maine Class A game against Kennebunk in South Berwick, Maine. The Hawks won 61-20.
By Mike Zhe
Posted Sep. 27, 2014 @ 2:00 am
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Senior lineman Nick Dalecki is rarely at a loss for words, but he didn’t need many to sum up teammate Brett Gerry’s performance on Friday night.
“He does amazing things on the football field; that’s all you can really say about it,” said Dalecki. “He’s got talent.”
Gerry rushed for 289 yards and five touchdowns, and the Hawks withstood some early offensive punches from Kennebunk before pulling away for a 61-20 win, one that moved them to 4-0 in Western Maine Class B.
In a game that saw the Hawks fall behind — twice — for the first time this season, they answered back almost effortlessly. Most of the answers were supplied by their 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior running back, who broke off scoring runs of 54, 73 and 28 yards as his team took control of the game in the second quarter
“I don’t know if I was really touched,” said Gerry, a state champion wrestler who benches more than 300 pounds. “You can blame that on the linemen. There were some huge holes out there. … It starts with the linemen opening holes. I just finished them.”
As the regular season in Western Maine B hit its midpoint, Marshwood (4-0) is one of just two unbeatens. The other is neighbor York, which took care of its business at Mt. Blue Friday, and will close the season here on Oct. 24.
The game was a laugher after halftime but not early on, when the Rams (1-3) answered an opening salvo with a big play of their own, a Donovan Connor to Liam Studley connection that went for 58 yards down the left sideline.
It gave the visitors an 8-6 lead after Connor ran in the two-point conversion and gave the big crowd of more than 2,500 its first indication that this wouldn’t be a first-round knockout.
The Hawks took back the lead when Luc Blanchette, on one of just his two pass attempts all night, hit big tight end Jake Lebel in the end zone for a 12-8 lead, the conversion pass falling incomplete.
Back came Kennebunk, which had spanked the Hawks in last year’s regional final but graduated a talented senior class. Connor (10-of-17, 154 yards, 3 TDs) threaded a dandy of a slant pass to Don Dubois, who split the secondary for a score that made it 14-12.
“I thought in the first quarter, we didn’t play with much poise at all, even into the second quarter,” said Marshwood coach Alex Rotsko. “On the defensive side, especially, we were very poor.”
Marshwood grabbed what turned out to be the final lead change of the night when Gerry took a handoff from quarterback Kyle Parmley on the left, cut back against the grain and scored from 54 yards out to make it 20-14, Gerry also running in the conversion.
“He’s worked on his vision and looking for the cutback,” said Rotsko. “He did a great job.”
Two more Gerry touchdowns from 73 and 28 yards out — the latter after Kennebunk fumbled two plays after the kickoff — helped inflate the lead to 42-20 at halftime. They helped airbrush some warts, including penalties and Connor throwing for 150 first-half yards and three touchdowns against what had basically been an unblemished defense.
“We had some moments, definitely,” said longtime Kennebunk coach Joe Rafferty. “We played better on offense than we’ve played but worse on defense. … They had a lot of long runs. That’s making it too easy.”
“Not only did they throw punches, we didn’t execute well,” said Dalecki. “Altogether we were sloppy. On defense we weren’t on the attack, which we’ll definitely have to improve on this week.”
The Hawks finished with a 596-218 edge in total yardage. If Gerry hadn’t broken off the big runs, Jackson Howarth and Zach Doyon were showing an ability to pick up big gains as well.
But just getting better on the fly doesn’t really fit in with Marshwood’s goals, which are set petty high this season.
“We underestimated them, I think, and we shouldn’t have,” said Gerry. “They can do some things. … Our heads weren’t in it.”
Kennebunk 14 6 0 0—20
Marshwood 12 30 13 6—61
Mar-Gerry 2 run (kick failed), 8:05.
Ken-Studley 58 pass from Connor (Connor run), 5:14.
Mar-Lebel 36 pass from Blanchette (pass failed), 3:00.
Ken-Dubois 49 pass from Connor (run failed), :49.
Mar-Gerry 54 run (Gerry run), 11:20.
Mar-Gerry 73 run (Lebel pass from Blanchette), 8:29.
Mar-Gerry 28 run (kick failed), 7:59.
Ken-Wildes 6 pass from Connor (run failed), 3:00.
Mar-Blanchette 46 run (Lebel pass from Stacy), 1:56.
Mar-Gerry 58 run (kick failed), 11:20.
Mar-Howarth 5 run (Bossi kick), 4:57.
Mar-Stacy 6 run (run failed), 8:20.
Rushing—Kennebunk, Brannen 5-18, Wildes 5-10, Saunders 3-12, Connor 1-2, Ragnarsson 5-8, Tomlinson 7-14. Marshwood, Gerry 14-289, Blanchette 4-63, Howarth 4-65, Doyon 3-50, Stacy 7-31, Boyle 3-24, Henson 3-13, Sarzynski 1-11, Locke 2-0, Herrick 2-14.
Passing—Kennebunk, Connor 10-17-154. Marshwood, Blanchette 1-2-36.
Receiving—Kennebunk, Boothby 4-36, Wildes 2-6, Studley 2-80, Dubois 1-49, Brannen 1-3. Marshwood, Lebel 1-36.
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