More in Sports
Long drives doom Cougars, 20-6
DIXFIELD -- It was a day late and short again for Dirigo Saturday afternoon in a Class C Campbell Conference football game.
Maranacook runners Jesse Evans and Luke Emery each scored touchdowns to complete long drives in a 20-6 win at Harlow Park.
Maranacook (6-1) utilized a trio to run over the Cougar defense on numerous occasions. They scored on the opening drive as Jesse Evans (81 yards, 17 rushes) scored on a two-yard TD. The 13-play, 80-yard drive lasted 5:59 and saw quarterback Caleb Castonguay sneak up the middle for three first downs. “The kids need to know the situation,” said Dirigo coach Dave Crutchfield, regarding third and short. “But, that’s where the coaching staff needs to be doing a better job. I thought we came out flat in the second half, compared to the first half. We were too tenative.”
Dirigo (3-4), who has lost three straight, simply couldn’t generate any positive offense and didn’t earn a first down until Jake Dowland stretched for a first down with 7:42 remaining in the game. The Cougars still have a mathematic chance to earn a playoff berth. They must beat Telstar on Saturday.
Jesse Evens bounced outside for an 18-yard TD in the third quarter. "In the first half, we just didn’t execute,” said Maranacook coach Joe Emery. “A lot of that was our own fault because penalties negated six or seven first downs. I told the kids at halftime that Dirigo is a good football team and you have to go right at them.”
Dirigo played without leading rusher Bryan Blackman, suspended for this game, following an incident after Winslow game last week. The Cougars used Caleb Hall, Nic Young and Dowland, but gained 50 yards on 23 rushes in the entire game.
Luke Emery (128 yards, 23 rushes) scored from two yards on the first drive of the game. Dirigo had scored on its first possession in the first quarter, when Ben Holmes threw to Reilly Lombardi for a 55-yard TD. Lombardi (three catches, 68 yards) had drifted behind the secondary for the catch and run.
Late in the second quarter, Holmes (6 of 27 for 116 yards, TD, int.) threw passes to Young and Spencer Trenoweth to reach the red zone. Caleb Turner's field goal attempt was blocked and Turner made a saving tackle. Holmes and Tyler Frost each had interceptions.