FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Academy football team had its two-game winning streak snapped on Friday night on the road as the Wells Warriors jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never trailed, winning 34-13.
The win lifted Wells to 6-1 on the season, while the Raiders slipped to 3-4.
Fryeburg is scheduled to close the book on the regular season this Friday when it travels to Bridgton, Maine, to meet rival Lake Region (3-3) in the annual battle for the Pleasant Mountain Cup.
The Pleasant Mountain Cup, a tradition that started back in 1994, and it allows the winner of the regular-season game between Fryeburg Academy and Lake Region High School to have the winning school and the game score engraved on the trophy that is displayed in the recipient’s trophy case. The Raiders have held the cup for the past five years.
Lake Region is coming off a 28-20 victory over Camden Hills on Oct. 11.
At Wells, the hosts rode a strong ground attack led by fullback Peyton MacKay, who had three rushing touchdowns on the evening from 13 yards out in the first quarter, a 39-yard run in the second quarter and fourth quarter plunge from a yard out.
The Raiders managed to put up more than 200 yards of total offense and got rushing touchdowns from Calvin Southwick (in the second quarter), and Job Fox (in the fourth quarter). The Raiders, who played hard until the final whistle, got an extra point off the foot of Eddie Thurston.
Fryeburg had a much better time of things the week before when it handled Poland (1-6) at home 31-7 on Oct. 12.
Head Coach David Turner wanted to see his Raiders play 48 strong minutes of football, and that’s exactly what he got from his team against the Knights in a contest that had playoff implications.
The Raiders got on the board first, when quarterback Southwick found wide receiver Armel Majoli on a 40-yard TD pass in the opening quarter. “Steady Eddie” Thurston added the point after touchdown, to give the hometown fans the early lead.
Poland was able to throw the next punch in this battle of heavyweights when QB Brady Downing of Poland, found Issac Fifield on a 21-yard touchdown pass. The kick was good, and the first quarter would end tied at 7-7.
In the second quarter, Bryce Micklon threw the next punch on a 4-yard TD run. Bryce has a unique ability to slip by the first line of defense and into the open field. Once open he planted his inside foot, and finished his run downhill into the end zone.
Calvin Southwick added an 8-yard touchdown run, one of two rushing touchdowns on the ground for the talented senior to stretch the halftime lead to 21-7.
The Raider defense, led by Eli Mahan, Thurston, Jack Campbell and Charlie Stokes, stiffened, and despite the strong throwing arm of Downing, defensive backs Issac McKenny, Fox, Dawson Jones, and Majoli shut down the Poland receivers.
Thurston accounted for the lone scoring in the third frame when he booted a 31-yard field goal.
Southwick capped the offensive outburst with a 15-yard run to the land of six early in the fourth quarter. Thurston was successful on the PAT.
There were many penalty flags thrown during this game. In fact, stadium announcer Kevin McDonald seemed to have to announce after most Raider plays, “there is a flag on the play.”
The call Coach Turner and the fans were most upset with was a roughing the punter call. The punter tucked the ball under his arm and appeared to be faking the punt and trying to run for the first down.
The Raiders were in pursuit and as they neared him, he decided to try a running punt. As he was punting the ball the Raiders hit him to the ground. The referee threw his flag and called roughing the punter. Raider fans felt the punter gave up his punting privileges when he began running. This is what I call an unusual occurrence. An unusual occurrence happens unexpectedly and is something that might be an occurrence you have never seen in a game before, so there is no experience base that you can fall back on.
Fryeburg still has plenty to play for in the regular-season finale. A playoff berth will be on the line.
Community support, as always, would be most welcome.