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Lobster Bowl provides liftlong memories
RIVER VALLEY -- It certainly proved to be extremely rewarding for those individuals fortunate enough to have been able to participate in the annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl classic festivities and the football game that was played last month. The week-long activities was well orchestrated and provided some lifelong memories.
The three football players included Cam Kaubris and Christian Durland of Mountain Valley, and Spencer Ross of Dirigo, whowere teammates on the West team. The head coach was Jim Aylward of MV, who guided the West to a 16-13 win. Granted, the game was very important and the objective was to win, however, it was almost secondary because it successfully concluded a rich endeavor.
The game was held in the sweltering heatt at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford. The event is held for the 22 Shrine Hospitals nationwide and 100 percent of the net proceeds benefit the organization.
“It was great to be able to play on the same team as some of the kids that I had grown up playing against and actually get to know them along with all of the players from different classes,” said Ross.
Ross, who played slot/wing back on offense, really made his mark on special teams returning kicks and punts. The former Cougar was involved in a strategtic move that led to the eventual winning touchdown. Ross and fellow returnee Imadhi Zagon of Portland lined up in such a way that the East punter could only guess where to direct the kick.
Zagon received the punt and appeared stopped, but bounced outside and down the sideline for a TD.
Durland also was a major cog on a defensive stop, follow the East having pulled ahead 13-9. On an attempted two-point conversion, Durland led a defensive charge that stopped the running back short of the goal line.
Kaubris played defensive back.
The trio each enjoyed stellar careers, each earned All-State honors based on their skills while standouts on offense and defense. The players had assembled the previous Sunday for week of camp at Hebron Academy.
“The training camp overall was, although extremely hot, an awesome experience and something that all of us will rememberforever,” said Ross.
The excessive heat on the field during the game reached triple digits, so officials took precautionary measures. Each quarter was reduced from 15 to 12 minutes and players were given mandatory water breaks every four minutes off the game clock.
”The heat throughout the entire week was very brutal, so it prepared us for that hot game day,” said Ross. “and just as in practices, those extra water breaks in the game helped out a lot.” Dawn Blackman of Dirigo was a cheerleader and the halftime show was cut short as a precaution.