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Dirigo edged in overtime, 18-12
DIXFIELD -- It wasn’t the outcome that Dirigo had expected for their homecoming football game last Friday night.
The Cougars had erased a 12-0 deficit with a Ben Holmes' touchdown pass to Spencer Trenoweth and a Bryan Blackman run for a 10-yard score in the third quarter. However, it was not to be because Oak Hill refused to back down and won an 18-12 overtime thriller at Harlow Park.
Dirigo (3-2), who had beaten the Raiders 21-0 the previous two years, had an opportunity to win the contest in regulation, but a 26-yard field goal try went wide right with 26 seconds left. Heath Hersom picked up a big fumble late in the fourth.
In overtime, Dirigo won the toss and elected to be on defense first. The rules gave the Raiders the ball deep in Cougar territory and Cody Depuy ran in a score on third down. Dirigo went on offense and on first down, Jake Dowland was stuffed. Holmes throw on second down was tipped and incomplete. A fumbled snap on third down was recovered by Oak Hill.
Dirigo started the third quarter on offense and came out meaning business. Blackman and Dowland pounded the ball on the ground, gaining momentum for the team. Holmes threw a TD pass to Trenoweth (four catches for 108 yards) for 56 yards to open the scoring.
Tyler Frost took over on defense and momentum kept building. Oak Hill forced to punt and a bad snap allowed Trenoweth to tackle the punter for a turnover. Blackman scored to tie the score. A conversion try was foiled by a penalty.
Dowland (91 yards, 18 rushes) played game with a lot of heart as his grandmother past away during the week, and it was clear the game meant a lot to him.
Oak Hill (3-2) rode the dynamic running of Dupuy (134 yards, 30 carries) who scored on two six-yard runs, the latter with 45 seconds remaining in the first half.
Numerous penalties hurt Dirigo on several drives. Some productive plays included Holmes (5 of 17 for 146 yard, TD, int.) a 21-yard strike to Trenoweth and Blackman (79 yards rushing) had a catch and run of 38 yards.
The Dirigo defense was led by Zach White and Dowland, with Thomas Barnett recovering a fumble on the Dirigo 10.
Dirigo Coach David Crutchfield gives some encouragement to his defense during a break in the action of Friday's homecoming contest. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)