FRYEBURG, Maine — The Raiders scored early and often in defeating the Morse Shipbuilders, 40-10.
Head Coach David Turner was concerned about his team’s slow starts so far this season. In this victory over Morse, it was big play football that got the Raiders on the board first, as “Big Game” Isaak McKinney intercepted a first-quarter pass and raced 49 yards to paydirt, and the Raiders were on top with “Steady Eddie” Thurston’s kick 7-0.
Morse had been running the ball effectively when they decided to open it up, bringing McKinney’s heroics into play.
Morse would get into field-goal range and kick a 35-yard field goal, making the score 7-3 Fryeburg.
At the end of the quarter, Fryeburg would do what good teams do and answer the field goal with a score of their own.
After a long pass from Calvin Southwick to Caleb Micklon was called back on a holding call, Southwick scampered in from 10 yards out. Thurston’s kick made the score 14-3.
Morse would score again before half with a 25-yard pass from their QB Aucoin to Savory. The kick was good, and the Raiders went to break up 14-10.
Fryeburg came out strong in the third as Jack Campbell switched field position with his outstanding punting, which has been solid all season.
With the Raider offense and Coach Turner’s play calling in rhythm as well, the Raiders marched the ball downfield, displaying a balanced attack of runs and passes, until Bryce Michlon scored from 8 yards out.
Thurston’s kick was good to make the score 21-10. The Raiders, starring Thurston, Campbel, and Eli “The Man” Mahan had figured out the Morse ground game. Combine that with a lockdown defensive backfield, the Raiders were in charge.
Southwick would score again for the Raiders on a 16-yard run, and the Raiders began to take time off the clock and continue to score to put their opponent away.
Job Fox, usually an inside runner ,would show good versatility on a 28-yard run to the end zone. Fox followed good blocking and showed his ability to run to daylight, planting his inside foot while shaking down the Shipbuilders’ safety, thus proving he can run for power or shake you down.
Job’s touchdown was the final score of the afternoon, although he was not finished with his personal highlight reel, as he would intercept the Morse QB at midfield to end the game.
The Shipbuilders’ ship had sailed.
This win will serve the Raiders well in their race for the playoffs.