June 18, 2018
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Chapman’s four first-half touchdowns propel Bangor past Mount Ararat

By Charlie Merritt, Special to the BDN

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor used great defense and four first-half touchdowns from tailback Cody Chapman to get a dominating 42-0 high school football victory over Mount Ararat on a rainy Friday night at Cameron Stadium.

Bangor (2-4) got off to a hot start as Chapman bolted down the sideline on the first play from scrimmage for a 70-yard touchdown, giving the Rams an early 7-0 lead after Carl Farnham kicked the extra point.

Chapman finished with seven carries for 172 yards and four touchdowns, all coming in the first half.

“You have to make a big statement and score touchdowns early and we stuck with that throughout the game,” said Chapman.

After a fumble by Bangor, the Eagles (0-5) of Topsham took over on their own 23-yard line. They would be quick to return the favor on the following play as senior quarterback Jake Liedman had his pass tipped, resulting in an interception at the line of scrimmage by senior lineman Garrett Strout, who finished with six tackles.

Three plays later, Chapman shed one tackle and ran over another potential Eagles tackler on his way to his second touchdown of the day from seven yards out.

“Cody Chapman had his coming out party last year against this team at the same time. He’s been hurt with a bad shoulder, played some defense last week, but tonight he really popped,” said Bangor head coach Mark Hackett.

Later in the quarter, the Eagles fumbled a snap at their own 1-yard line, giving Bangor great field position even after a 15-yard penalty moved the ball back to the 16, where Chapman ran in for his third touchdown on the next play. After another Farnham kick, Bangor took a 21-0 lead with just over a minute to play.

“It was huge to get out to a good start,” said Hackett.

Chapman was doing it all for Bangor on this night. He paced the defense with two tackles for a loss, including a highlight sack on Eagles quarterback Liedman, making great contact as he flew up from the linebacker position to stop the scrambling quarterback. On the offensive side, when Chapman wasn’t carrying the ball, he was the lead blocker for fellow senior tailback Zeb Tuell, who had 63 yards on nine carries.

With just over six minutes to play in the second quarter, Bangor ran a nice trap play, springing Chapman free for a 57-yard touchdown and his fourth score of the half. Bangor went into the half leading 28-0.

“It’s been rough for awhile, but we got some guys back and it’s a big difference in spirit and emotion. We looked like a pretty good football team tonight,” said Hackett.

Bangor would continue to pound the rock in the second half as sophomore tailback Jake Lavoie scored a touchdown with just over seven minutes left in the third quarter. Junior tailback Logan Lanham would add an insurance touchdown late in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring and give the Rams the 42-0 win.

Bangor’s senior starting quarterback Farnham finished the game 2-of-6, passing for 21 yards. Mount Ararat was led by senior tailback Joey Burr, who had 45 yards on 14 carries. Liedman would finish 5-of-14, passing for 95 yards with an interception and fumble.

Bangor hosts Oxford Hills of South Paris next Friday at 7 p.m. while the Eagles return home to Topsham for a 1:30 p.m. contest against Edward Little of Auburn.

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