Sunday, October 5, 2014

Middle School Eagles break Mustang' spirit under the lights - By Eric Colby

In their only regular season game in the Windham High School stadium last Saturday night the Windham Middle School football team ran over Massabesic’s junior varsity and varsity squads in two dominant performances.

First the JV team won 32-8. Then the varsity players took the field and in two plays Windham got on the board. Grant Jacobson took a handoff at the Eagles’ 30-yard line and blew through the Mustangs’ defense untouched in a 70-yard dash to the end zone. Quarterback Blake Houser flattened a defender for the two-point conversion and the rout was on. Windham won in convincing fashion 40-6.

“We played well,” said Windham head coach Tony Leslie. “We were running on all cylinders and it felt really good to go out and do exactly what we wanted to do.”

The Eagles team kept its collective feet on the gas for all four quarters, turning the Mustangs into Shetland Ponies. The offensive line of Blake Colby, Ricky Brichetto, Braxton Cassidy, Logan Douglas and Owen Shepard knocked their opponents on their heels the whole game.

Still in the first quarter, Windham’s quarterback Blake Houser tossed the ball to Garrett Peeples who fooled the Mustangs by connecting on a pass to Jacobson for a 32-yard gain. On the next play a great lead block by Josh Mora opened the door for Houser to score, putting the Eagles up 16-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, Corbin Judy recovered the ball for Windham. One play later, Peeples faked out a Mustang defender and was wide open for a 55-yard touchdown pass from Houser. The first quarter ended with Houser and Jacobson sandwiching a Mustang player on an excellent defensive play.

With the score 24-0, at the start of the second half, Windham’s Treva Valliere made an immediate impact. He kicked off and then crushed the Massabesic returner for a short gain. On Windham’s first offensive play of the half, Valliere ran the ball 50 yards for a touchdown.

With two minutes left in the third, Massabesic got on the board with a touchdown, but couldn’t convert the two points and the score was 32-6. Windham scored once more to make the final 40-6.

In the JV game, quarterback Anthony Gugliuzza and tailback Seth Wall scored on the ground while Mattingly Babb caught a pass for a touchdown. Ben Elliott contributed with two-point conversions and on defense, Brady Bowen had an interception and Judy and George Butts forced and recovered fumbles. On the defensive side, Brady Jackson and Caleb McCartney made big plays and Connor Getchell and Will Segler had solid games.
Quarterback Blake Houser was a true leader in the Eagles’ victory. 
Photo by Eric Colby.

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