Riding a wave of momentum after solid victories over Thornton Academy and Edward Little, the Windham Eagles football team ran into a tough Bonny Eagle team last Friday. The Scots utilized a balanced attack of running and passing in a 33-13 defeat of their longtime rivals.
Early on the game was evenly matched and Windham even drew first blood. Junior quarterback Desmond Leslie connected with junior running back Cam Hoffses on a 30-yard pass setting up a first-and-goal midway through the first quarter. Senior running back Griffin Jacobson punched the ball into the end zone and the Eagles were up 6-0 after a failed two-point conversion.
Soonafter, a thundering hit by senior defensive lineman Tyrell Gullatt caused a Bonnie Eagle fumble that was recovered by Windham late in the first quarter, but the Eagles couldn’t capitalize.
In the start of the second quarter, the Scots connected on their own long pass play for a touchdown and after the extra point attempt was good, the home team led 7-6.
After both teams traded possessions, Windham freshman defensive back Blake Houser picked off a Scots pass, but again the Eagles couldn’t capitalize. Jacobson came on to punt and Bonny Eagle took the return to the end zone for a touchdown and subsequent extra point for a 13-6 lead.
Penalties at the wrong time put the Eagles in third-and-long situations that were hard to convert and they went into halftime trailing by a touchdown.
At the start of the second half, Windham received, but went for it on fourth down and came up short, giving the Scots the ball. That didn’t last long because Jacobson and senior defensive end Kyle Kilfoil punished a Bonny Eagle runner, causing a fumble. Houser was there to take advantage and he ran the ball into the end zone. With 10:04 left in the third quarter, the score was tied.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Scots fumbled the ball, but retained possession. Neither team could maintain a sustained advantage until at 4:11 in the third quarter, the Scots completed another long pass and run to go up 19-13.
Windham attempted to make one last stand when Hoffses clobbered a Scots runner at the goal line, but on the next play, Scots quarterback Cam Day scored on a keeper, putting the home team up for good 27-13 on senior night. The Scots kept their collective foot on the gas, scoring once more for good measure with 3:36 left in the game for the final score of 33-13.
The Eagles hope to get back on track when they host Oxford Hills this Friday at 7 p.m. The final game of the Eagles’ regular season and senior night will be Friday, October 23, when the team hosts arch-rival Cheverus.