ORONO — The Orono High School football team proved two points Friday night in their Homecoming game against the Foxcroft Academy Ponies.
First, they proved that they are a legitimate LTC contender. Second, they showed that they have good memories.
Motivated by a 70-6 shellacking handed to them by FA in Orono two years ago, the Riots avenged that loss with a convincing 58-14 triumph over the previously undefeated Ponies, who are now 4-1.
It is Orono’s first win over Foxcroft since the 1990s.
The 4-1 Riots made short work of the Ponies, building a 36-0 halftime lead and never looking back.
Orono racked up 578 total yards, including 492 on the ground on 60 carries.
The offensive line comprised of center Caleb Church, guards Andrew Kelley and Mac Seavey, tackles Tyler Pinkham and Jack Lucy and ends Sam Chase, Tyler Higgins and Tyler Eddy created huge holes for running backs Dominic Mowrer (214 yards on 19 carries), younger brothers Christian (149/18) and Cameron Mowrer (67/6) and Norton Revell (60/5).
“We were able to get a good push and our backs did a great job executing their fakes which makes it easier for us to make our blocks,” said Lucy.
“Our line was blowing them back,” said the speedy and elusive Dominic Mowrer. “All I had was green grass and pylons (at the corners of the end zone).”
The Riots were much quicker than the Ponies.
“We didn’t have any answer for them,” said Foxcroft coach Danny White. “Their line was incredible. And when you face a team with two or three backs who can break (a long run) off at any time (it makes things difficult). And the thing I admired was their backs didn’t try to run away from you. They ran at you.”
“We weren’t backing down, “said Dominic Mowrer. “This was our homecoming, not theirs.”
The Riots turned two fumble recoveries into touchdown.
Justin Szeker recovered an FA fumble at the FA-15 yard line and Cameron Mower scampered 14 yards for a touchdown on the second play.
Orono marched 55 yards on six plays capped by Dominic Mowrer’s two-yard run to make it 16-0 amd Revell made it 22-0 with a dazzling 34-yard run in which he cut back and weaved his way into the end zone.
Quarterback Bryce Mehnert got into the act later in the second period, throwing a seven-yard TD pass to Higgins and a pinpoint 47-yarder in the left corner to Eddy.
Hard-running Don Boyer, who rushed for 158 yards on 18 carries, ran 63 yards to open the scoring in the second half but Cameron Mowrer’s one-yard run and Revell’s 12-yarder expanded the lead.
Ethan Preble fell on a Boyer fumble in the end zone before Dominic Mowrer capped the scoring with a 38-yard run.