BANGOR — As Carl Farnham dropped back to pass during the final seconds of the first half Friday night, one thing the Bangor High School junior quarterback didn’t have to worry about was defensive pressure.
By the time he finally was hit, his pass was well on its way to wide receiver Nick Sherwood — a 55-yard touchdown strike that epitomized the growth of the Rams’ offense through four weeks of their Class A football schedule.
Bangor scored 35 points in the first half alone in its Pine Tree Conference Class A matchup against Cony of Augusta, then cruised to a 50-19 victory.
“Our line has progressed tremendously the last couple of weeks, and that really speaks well for our offense,” said Farnham, who completed 6 of 11 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns, all before intermission, and also went 6-for-6 on extra-point kicks.
“If our line does good, our offense is going to do good, so as our line progresses we’re going to put up even more points.”
That offensive line — center Brendan Moore, tackles Elijah Hughes and Aaron Huntington, guards Brandon Vang and Greg Duff and tight end Ellis Throckmorton — also enabled 10 different Bangor running backs to combine for 311 rushing yards on 53 carries.
It marked Bangor’s second straight game of more than 300 yards on the ground, leading to the Rams’ second straight game of more than 50 points.
“Our line’s really developed the last three weeks,” said junior fullback and linebacker Cody Chapman, who rushed for a team-high 73 yards and two touchdowns. “They just have to come out and hit ‘em under the chin for 48 minutes, and that’s what we did tonight.”
That offensive effort — coming on the heels of a 51-6 win at Edward Little of Auburn a week ago — was complemented by a defensive effort that focused on limiting Cony’s spread offense.
Sophomore quarterback Ben Lucas did pass for 116 yards and a touchdown, but Bangor sent eight defenders back into coverage and limited Cony to just 7-of-25 passing with two interceptions and a sack.
“We had to go through some difficult preparation this week to get ready for their pass-oriented offense,” said Bangor senior defensive end Justin Scripture, who along with Chapman had Bangor’s interceptions. “We just had the ends play coverage and we learned on the fly, and offensively we were able to put up some points.”
Bangor (3-1) scored on five of its six first-half possessions.
Chapman scored on a 12-yard run 4:03 into the game, but Cony stayed within 7-6 on a 4-yard keeper by Lucas on Cony’s first possession.
But Farnham soon connected with sophomore Xavier Lewis on a 38-yard pass down the right sideline, then one play later found Lewis open over the middle for a 19-yard touchdown pass to give Bangor the lead for good at 14-6.
Scripture intercepted a Lucas pass at midfield to set up a 4-yard scoring run by Zeb Tuell (14 carries, 69 yards) to make it 21-6 a minute into the second quarter, and Chapman capped off a subsequent 55-yard march with a 1-yard scoring run to extend the margin to 28-6 with 5:45 left in the half.
Bangor got the ball back with 5.2 second left on an interception by Chapman at the Bangor 45, and that’s all the time Farnham needed to find Sherwood down the right sideline behind the Cony defense.
“It was a bubble and go, and I faked the bubble, backed up and knew I had time because I didn’t see anybody rushing,” said Farnham. “I kept waiting and waiting because I knew we were going for the end zone, and at the last second I just let it go. I got hit, and I didn’t see where the ball went at all, but I guess it was a good throw.”
Bangor had 300 total yards by intermission, 151 passing and 149 rushing.
Cony (1-3) got a 2-yard touchdown run from Brandon St. Michel on its first possession of the second half to draw within 35-12, but Bangor fullback Cain Corkum countered with a 14-yard touchdown run three minutes later.
The teams also swapped a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, with Lucas hitting Kevin Kingsbury on a 10-yard scoring pass for Cony and Bangor’s Alex Welch answering with a 7-yard run.
“I think our main point was to not let this be a trap game and not let it be a game where we let up at all,” said Scripture, “and I think we did that based on what’s on the scoreboard. I’m really proud of our guys.”