DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Foxcroft Academy football team used a dominant two-way effort to remain unbeaten Friday night with a 42-0 homecoming victory over previously unbeaten Orono at Oakes Field.
The win avenged a 58-14 loss at Orono during the Red Riots’ homecoming last year, and set up a showdown in Bangor next Saturday night between the last two undefeated teams in the LTC Class C ranks, Foxcroft and John Bapst — a 19-7 winner over Bucksport on Friday night.
Foxcroft’s defense limited an Orono offense that had averaged 436.3 yards per game to just 129 yards of total offense in securing its fourth straight shutout.
Senior linebacker Alex Stevens led the Ponies with 16 tackles, while junior linebacker Corey Bjornson had a quarterback sack and scored the game’s final touchdown with 44.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard fumble return after teammate Kolby Kendall had stripped Orono quarterback Chad Orn of the football.
Foxcroft’s offense amassed 459 yards of total offense, with senior halfback Don Boyer rushing for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries and adding three pass receptions for 57 yards.
Junior quarterback Hunter Law completed 8 of 11 passes for 206 yards, including touchdown strikes of 33 and 50 yards to senior wideout Ryan Rebar. Rebar finished the night with five catches for 149 yards.
Foxcroft, which has now outscored its opponents by a combined 282-8 during its 5-0 start, was not without some adversity against the Red Riots.
The Ponies quickly moved the ball down field on its first possession of the game, but a fumbled snap at the Orono 2-yard line was recovered by the Red Riots, who proceeded to drive 55 yards in 14 plays before being forced to punt.
It turned out to be the highlight of the night for Orono.
Foxcroft drove 77 yards on its next possession, with Law passing to Rebar down the right sideline for 39 yards to help set up a 3-yard scoring run by Boyer with 7:11 left in the opening half. Boyer added the first of his three two-point conversion runs to give coach Danny White’s club an 8-0 lead.
Orono went three-and-out on its next possession, and Foxcroft then went 74 yard in seven plays with Law passing over the middle to Boyer for 19 yards and then found Rebar behind the defense on the next play for a 33-yard touchdown pass that made it a 16-0 game with 3:38 left in the half.
The Ponies added touchdowns on each of its three second-half possessions with drives of five, 12 and 16 plays.
Law and Rebar again worked the right sideline for the first score, with Rebar cutting in front of a defender to catch the ball near the Orono 25-yard line and then beating another defender to the end zone to cap off a 70-yard march and the Ponies’ lead to 24-0 with 9:17 left in the third quarter.
Foxcroft went 62 yards the next time they touched the ball, using two third-down conversions and one fourth-down conversion — a 20-yard pass from Law to Boyer — before Stevens scored on a 15-yard counter run to make it a 30-0 game with 2:18 remaining in the period.
Orono then mounted its best scoring threat, with a 47-yard pass from Orn to Cameron Mowrer advancing the ball to the Foxcroft 17 late in the third quarter. But the drive stalled from there, with Norton Revell stuck for a 1-yard gain on fourth-and-2 from the 9 to turn the ball back to the Ponies.
Foxcroft proceeded to finish off the contest with a 92-yard drive that took 8 minutes, 39 seconds off the clock and included 10 carries by Boyer for 61 yards, including the final 10 yards to the end zone with 3:16 remaining.