2016-09-24 / Sports

Gulls grounded

Winthrop/Monmouth cruises to a 39-8 win over OOB
Sports Staff Writer

Old Orchard Beach’s Dylan Creswell hauls in a pass Friday. 
ALEX SPONSELLER/ Journal Tribune Old Orchard Beach’s Dylan Creswell hauls in a pass Friday. ALEX SPONSELLER/ Journal Tribune OLD ORCHARD BEACH — The visiting Winthrop/Monmouth football team took an early lead and never looked back as it cruised past Old Orchard Beach 39-8, Friday.

“We got outplayed, we missed assignments, we dropped balls. That’s arguably the best team in our conference and if you don’t come ready to compete and you make mistakes they make you pay,” said OOB head coach Dean Plante.

The Ranglers drew first blood less than six minutes into the game when quarterback Matt Ingram connected with Bennett Brooks for a 38-yard touchdown pass.

Winthrop/Monmouth would score again less than two minutes later on another touchdown pass, this time from 22-yards out.

After taking the 12-0 lead in the first quarter, the Ranglers continued to press the Seagulls, and scored on a 60-yard run by Nate Scott to extend the lead to 18-0 midway through the second quarter.

As the Rangler lead increased, so did the OOB mistakes. In the first half, OOB committed a handful of penalties while also dropping five passes.

“That’s not a team you want to play from behind on because they can do a lot of things ... they had us on skates,” said Plante. “We were hoping to put some drives together and play catch up. I think we may have abandoned the run a little too soon ... but at the same time, when you’re down 18 you need to try something. They forced our hand early by getting up.”

The Winthrop/Monmouth defense also played solid in the half, holding the OOB offense to less than 100 yards.

The Ranglers came out hot in the third quarter, and put the game away by scoring consecutive rushing touchdowns in the opening five minutes. The first was a 37-yard rush by Alec Brown while Scott would rush for a 38-yard score.

Winthrop/Monmouth’s Tyler Cote would score a one-yard touchdown in the fourth to extend the Rangler lead to 39-0.

Despite playing from far behind, OOB continued to fight and put together a solid fourth quarter, concluding with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Brian David to Ryun Hogan to make the score 39-8.

The Seagulls also forced three turnovers on the day. Dale Lord and Connor Noonan recovered fumbles while Dylan Creswell got an interception in the second quarter.

OOB quarterback Dylan Boudreau racked up 71 yards passing on the night, while Brian Davis totaled 57 in the fourth quarter.

Hogan led the Seagulls with 64 yards receiving while Cody Blanchette totaled 25 yards from scrimmage.

Plante was pleased with his team’s fight throughout the loss.

“I don’t think effort will ever be an issue. I think execution and mental toughness is it. When we haven’t executed for four quarters then we lose but when we have we’ve won. That’s just as much on us coaches as it is the players.”

OOB now drops to 1-2 on the season, and hopes to fix the errors while shaking off Friday’s loss.

“Football is a funky sport. There’s a long time in between games so it’s easy to dwell, but if you’re going to dwell then you aren’t going to get better,” said Plante. “We need to take our lumps and take a look at the film, be honest with ourselves and fix it. It was a humbling game for a lot of us which can be a good thing, that’s what we’re hoping.”

— Sports Staff Writer Alex Sponseller can be reached at sports@journaltribune.com or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @ JournalTsports.

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