November 16, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Winslow rolls Waterville for Eastern Class C title

Black Raiders will play Leavitt for Class C title next week #

By Travis Lazarczyk tlazarczyk@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

WINSLOW — Nobody thought it was going to be easy. Certainly none of the Winslow High School football players and coaches. Moments after the Black Raiders beat rival Waterville, 49-18, to claim the Eastern Class C title, Winslow senior co-captain Zach Guptill glanced at the scoreboard and shook his head.

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Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans Winslow High School teammates Zach Guptill, 36, left, Troy Ellis, 79, back left center, Matt Fortier, 14, right center, and Tanner Gillliland, 50, right, hold up the Eastern Class C championship plaque after defeating Waterville Senior High School 49-12 in Winslow on Saturday.

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Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans Winslow High School celebrates their 49-12 victory over Waterville Senior High School in the Class Eastern championship game in Winslow on Saturday.

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“We really stepped it up. We took advantage of what we were given. We did our individual tasks as well as we could, and it turned out in our favor,” Guptill said.

Winslow, now 9-1, will play in the Class C state championship game for the second consecutive season. The Black Raiders will face old Pine Tree Conference rival Leavitt (10-0) at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland next Saturday, at a time to be determined.

“We seem to be peaking pretty good the last couple of weeks. I guess we have one more time to do it,” Winslow head coach Mike Siviski said. “Waterville avenged their loss last week (a 42-27 win over Mt. Desert Island), and we avenged our only loss this week. A nice complete team effort. Waterville is a good team, and we’re surprised by the margin.”

Waterville ends the season at 8-2.

“Winslow did a great job with a lot of formations and different defensive looks. It was just a little bit too much for us to overcome,” Waterville head coach Frank Knight said. “We gave it our all. They were a better team. They had a better team on the field today.”

Waterville won the regular-season game between these teams three weeks ago, 25-21. On Saturday at Poulin Field, the Black Raiders started to pull away in the second quarter, and led 28-12 at the half. In the third quarter, Winslow was in complete control.

On the first drive of the third quarter, Jacob Trask intercepted a Waterville pass near midfield and returned the ball to the Purple Panthers’ 35. Three plays later, Guptill (10 carries for 58 yards) scored on a 10-yard touchdown run for a 35-12 lead.

After Waterville lost the ball on a fake punt at the Winslow 42 on its next possession, the Black Raiders went 58 yards in eight plays, scoring on Matt Fortier’s 8-yard run for a 42-12 lead. On Winslow’s next drive, Fortier ran 45 yards to the Waterville 2, setting up Dylan Hapworth’s 2-yard touchdown run with 41.7 seconds left in the third quarter, and a 49-12 lead.

“We didn’t let up at all. We usually get going in the second half. We knew this game meant a lot,” Guptill said.

In last week’s win over Belfast, the Black Raiders controlled the game by running the ball for more than 400 yards. On Saturday, the Black Raiders came out more balanced. Three of Winslow’s first five plays were passes, and quarterback Bobby Chenard was 7 for 9 for 105 yards.

“We thought they would be expecting us to just run run run. We have a few things we can do. So we tried to loosen them up,” Siviski said.

Another key for Winslow was preventing turnovers. In the regular-season game against the Panthers, the Black Raiders committed four turnovers. On Saturday, Winslow gave the ball up just once, a first quarter fumble that led to Waterville’s first touchdown.

“We didn’t put the ball on the ground as much. We didn’t make many mistakes. We worked really hard in practice all week, and it carried over into the game,” Guptill said.

Defensively, the Black Raiders moved players along the defensive line to keep Waterville’s strong running game off-balance. All-conference defensive tackle Aaron Lint moved to the strong side of the line on each play, and the Panthers gained just 93 yards on 37 carries, 2.5 yards per run.

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Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans Waterville Senior High School's Jordhan Levine, 15, dives for extra yards after being tripped up by Winslow High School defender Trenton Bouchard, 24, in the third quarter in Winslow on Saturday. Winslow defeated Waterville 49-12.

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Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans Winslow High School's Dylan Hapworth, 3, dives for a touchdown in the first quarter against Waterville Senior High School in the Class C Eastern championship game in Winslow on Saturday. Winslow defeated Waterville 49-12.

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Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans Waterville Senior High School running back Daniel Pooler, 20, runs in to a teammate and a Winslow High School defender in the first quarter in Winslow on Saturday. Winslow defeated Waterville 49-12.

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Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans Waterville Senior High School's Troy Gurski, 33, breaks a tackle against Winslow High School in Winslow on Saturday. Winslow defeated Waterville 49-12.

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Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans Winslow High School running back Zach Guptill, 36, is tackled by Waterville Senior High School defenders in the second quarter in Winslow on Saturday. Winslow defeated Waterville 49-12.

 


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