Cougars edged in exciting tune up
DIXFIELD -- What started in the sunlight ultimately ended under the lights, as dew covered the playing surface at Harlow Park and the chilly air provided an indication of things to anticipate. The event began a new era because the Dirigo football team hosted Fryeburg Academy in a scrimmage last Friday night.
The team battled till the bitter end as freshman Tyler Frost came up inches shy of the goal line on an attempted conversion as Dirigo lost 34-33. There were plenty of action and it provided coaches and players each with opportunities to evaluate the talents. It served as a tune up for the regular season home opener against Freeport this Friday night.
Dirigo’s white offense scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to set up the finish. Nick Young electrified the crowd by breaking loose and sprinting down the right side for an 81-yard TD, with 17.9 seconds left to play. Frost had scored on a nine-yard burst up the middle as the Cougars trailed 28-27 with 4:58 left to play.
Class B Fryeburg had taken a 28-13 lead in the third quarter following a 15-yard TD run. Cougar quarterback Ben Holmes had thrown an interception and the Raiders returned it inside the red zone. Holmes completed six of nine passes for 102 yards, three interceptions. On the first series, Holmes threw a 66-yard scoring strike to Blackman.
Dirigo’s defense adjusted and proceeded to hold Fryeburg in check the rest of the third quarter. There were players being shuffled in and out, including ends Nelson Pepin and Spencer Trenoweth, tackles Zack White, Doug Swan and Jack Brown, linebackers Jack Dowland, Austin Benard, Thomas Barnett, Cliff Boyton and Chad Cormier. The unit has to be aggressive and reactive to shed attempted blocks. Fryeburg was held under 100 rushing yards through three quarters.
The secondary. with Brian Blackman, Caleb Hall and Heath Hersom, will need to tighten up coverage. Fryeburg QB threw for 87 yards.
Blackman shined offensively (69 rushing yards), including side stepping a defender for a 24-yard TD. The Cougars gained 207 yards rushing, with 12 runners. Justin Jasper had a one-yard TD run.
Mountain Valley traveled to Oakland for a scrimmage and lost to Class A Messalonskee 42-6. The Falcons host Westbrook in their regular-season opener on Friday night.