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Cougars shoot down Seagulls, 46-6
DIXFIELD -- Things continued clicking for the Dirigo team in a Class C Campbell Conference football game as it turned out the lights Friday night on Old Orchard Beach.
Bryan Blackman rushed for two long touchdowns and Ben Holmes threw two scoring strikes as the Cougars came out with a fire in their eyes in a 46-6 win against winless Old Orchard Beach at Harlow Park.
Dirigo (2-1) scored on their first two possessions in the third quarter. Blackman (243 yards, nine rushes) broke loose and cut down the left side for a 55-yard TD on the first play from scrimmage. The defense then stopped OOB on fourth down. The Cougars' Justin Jasper made a 40-yard run, then Holmes passed to a wide open Nelson Pepin for a five-yard TD.
“The third quarter start was big,” said Blackman. “The biggest improvement on this team has been the offensive line, especially in the last two weeks. They have been blocking well.”
OOB punted the ball and punted on the second play, Blackman started right and reversed direction for a 51-yard TD.
"Our rips were working well,” said Holmes, who threw a bonecrushing block. “I kept yelling for Bryan to slow down so I could throw a block.”
Dirigo piled up 375 yards rushing, behind center Jack Brown; guards Thomas Barnett and Chad Cormier; tackles Zach White and Cliff Boyton and tight end Pepin. OOB trailed 13-6 after a two-yard TD by Jason Regis in the second quarter. Seagull QB Jeremy Legere gained 66 yards on five scampers, but was bottled up passing (four of 13 for 28 yards).
Austin Bernard recovered a fumble and on the first play Blackman ran for a 60-yard TD. OOB punted and Blackman beat the coverage for a TD strike from Holmes (5 of 12 for 104 yards, 2 TD, 2 interceptions) in the first quarter. Spencer Trenoweth caught the conversion toss.
Caleb Turner, who had played goalie for the soccer team earlier the afternoon, kicked two extra points.
“The Sun Journal had put a target on Bryan,” said Dirigo coach Dave Crutchfield. “A lack of disipline in the first half hurtus but the defense is really coming on. The flu bug has hit the team, but they really pulled together.”
The defensive line consisted of ends Pepin and Trenoweth, and tackles Benard, Jack Brown and Zack White.
Jasper returned an interception for a 44-yard TD. Jake Dowling and Cormier played solid defense.
Travis Frost finished with a five-yard TD rush.
Bryan Blackman electrified the home crowd with two long touchdowns runs, including this one of 55 yards on the first play of scrimmage in the second half. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
The pass intended for Dirigo's Spencer Trenoweth (left) was tipped away at the last second by Derek Powers of Old Orchard Beach. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)