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Cougars earn big win, ground Gulls, 13-0
These were some of the big plays in Dirigo's impressive 13-0 win over Old Orchard Beach on Friday, the Cougars' third consecutive win. (Times photos by Bruce Farrin)
DIXFIELD -- Dirigo certainly took care of business with a solid defense and inspiration Friday night in a Class D Campbell Conference football game.
Tyler Frost broke loose for a 30-yard touchdown run in the second quarter as the Cougars made the plays in a 13-0 win against Old Orchard Beach at Harlow Park. Dylan Kidder recovered a fumble on the goal line and Brett Beauschesne scored with less than two minutes to play in the game.
The defense was led by end Kaine Hutchins, who intercepted two passes, along with tackle Jack Brown and linebackers Joe Casey and Frost, who bottled up the OOB running attack.
''We came out fired up in the second half,'' said Brown. ''That was a big difference because we usually start out flat. Then in the fourth quarter, we really stepped it up defensively."
Dirigo (4-2) has won three straight games and was really tested against Old Orchard Beach, who had upset Oak Hill last Friday. This game has serious playoff implications.
On the opening possession, a 45-yard run by Joe Gildard set the Seagulls in the red zone. But the defense held, thanks to Hutchins' interception and then Gavin Arsenault picked off OOB Quarterback Bryan Roberts (4 of 12 for 53 yards, three interceptions).
In the second quarter, Frost forced and recovered a fumble. Following three running plays, Frost (79 yards, 13 carries) burst through the line and ran for a score. Frost also kicked the point after for a 7-0 lead.
''Before the game, (assistant) Scott Holmes gave team a pep talk,'' said Dirigo coach Dave Crutchfield. ''He talked about 'me' meaning I, me have to do my job. Old Orchard Beach (3-3) is a very good defensive team.''
The Seagulls had trouble running against the Cougars front seven. Gildard finished with 47 yards on 15 carries. Roberts was the leading rusher with 55 yards.
Beauschesne (61 yards, 19 carries) followed blocks by Frost and Hutchins to score on one-yard run.
"Hutchins was great defensively and Frost was unstoppable'' said Crutchfield. ''But we still need to keep improving.''
OOB drove down and Roberts passed to Tyler Scott for a TD, but it was nullified by an illegal procedure call.
''We needed to prevent them from running outside,'' said Hutchins. ''The outside backers, like Joe Casey, did a good job We also got fired up and inspiration when quarterback Riley Robinson was hit hard going out of bounds. We don't like to see him get hit.''
Dirigo also displayed good discipline, with just two penalties for 20 yards.