Cougars run over by Raiders, 33-0
DIXFIELD -- It was set-up to be a big test with the seniors honored. However, Dirigo was outplayed in every aspect by Oak Hill, who was well versed in what play was being called before it was sent out to the huddle with the quarterback.
The Raiders scored three times in the second quarter en route to a convincing 33-0 win against the Cougars, who didn't have any answers at Harlow Park. There had been plenty of incentive because potentially the winner could have earned home-field advantage through the Campbell Conference playoffs.
The Cougars, who dropped to the No. 3 seed, will have an opportunity for redemption, when it will host Old Orchard Beach in a quarterfinal game this Friday.
“They pounded us,” said Dirigo coach David Crutchfield, regarding the Raiders ability to shut the Cougars down. "They ran the same play over and over. They were just very disciplined. They came out in a double wing and shoved it down our throats."
On the opening series, No. 2 seed Oak Hill drove down the field, but Cliff Boynton sacked Raider quarterback Parker Asselin fourth down on the Cougar 13.
After a long drive early in the second quarter, Asselin sneaked the ball in from the two. It was obvious what Asselin was going to do it and Dirigo couldn't stop it.
Dirigo again held on downs and punted. Asselin scored again.
Cougar QB Brett Whittemore completed 4 of 11 passes for 25 yards with an interception. The running game was deflated, as Spencer Trenoweth had 26 yards and Thomas Barnett with 12 yards. The Cougars gained 65 total yards and three first downs.
"They've got to buckle down," said Crutchfield, issuing a warning regarding the team's lack of intensity.
"They surprise me sometime because they're light-hearted. I want them to have fun, but I also want them to learn. This was not a good week of practice."
Dirigo reached the Raider 28, but on fourth-and-two, had a delay of gain penalty. The Cougars' Heath Hersom intercepted a pass.
Oak Hill runner Alex Mace scored his first of two TD with seconds left in the first half for a 19-0 lead at intermission.