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Thunder struck

Red Storm roll to 57-0 victory over Windham, claim Class A title
By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


Scarborough quarterback Zoltan Panyi evades Windham defensive lineman Marcus Canty during the Class A football championship Saturday. Panyi scored two touchdowns and passed for another in Scarborough’s 57-0 victory. (Jacob Lewis courtesy photo) Scarborough quarterback Zoltan Panyi evades Windham defensive lineman Marcus Canty during the Class A football championship Saturday. Panyi scored two touchdowns and passed for another in Scarborough’s 57-0 victory. (Jacob Lewis courtesy photo) PORTLAND — When the Scarborough High School football team ran onto the field at Fitzpatrick Stadium last Saturday for the Class A championship showdown with Windham, it was uncharted territory for the Red Storm.

The team had never appeared in a Class A title game and had won its only state championship 14-12 over Belfast High School in 2002 when Scarborough was a Class B school.

Since then, Scarborough has been bumped up to Class A and has won countless titles in cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, hockey, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball, but never football. That changed Saturday.

Scarborough (10-1) received the ball first and was in prime position to score after a 59-yard opening kickoff run by Scarborough senior Jeremy Sendrowski. Scarborough didn’t waste time and with 9:08 to go in the first quarter senior Owen Garrard scored from one yard out for the first and only score Scarborough needed. Almost the same situation played out minutes later when, sophomore Jarett Flaker returned a punt 55 yards to give Scarborough excellent field position and Scarborough, once again, looked to Garrard, which resulted in a 9-yard touchdown run. Scarborough brought the score to 21-0 with 3:48 to go in the opening quarter when Flaker scored from 10 yards out.


Senior captains Owen Garrard, Ben Hughes and Alex Bryer celebrate as Zoltan Panyi hoists the Gold Ball after Scarborough’s Class A title-winning performance Saturday, Nov. 18 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Scarborough finished with a 10-1 record. (Michael Kelley photo) Senior captains Owen Garrard, Ben Hughes and Alex Bryer celebrate as Zoltan Panyi hoists the Gold Ball after Scarborough’s Class A title-winning performance Saturday, Nov. 18 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Scarborough finished with a 10-1 record. (Michael Kelley photo) Scarborough’s offense came out strong again early in the second quarter when Garrard again fought his way into the end zone for his third score of the game. The score and a successful 2-point conversion by Sendrowski brought the score to 29-0. Garrard would score again later in the quarter to bring Scarborough’s halftime lead to 36-0.


Scarborough wide receiver Cody Dudley comes down the ball during his team’s victory in the Class A final Nov. 18. While much of the scoring was done on the ground, Dudley had several key receptions in the game. (Jacob Lewis courtesy photo) Scarborough wide receiver Cody Dudley comes down the ball during his team’s victory in the Class A final Nov. 18. While much of the scoring was done on the ground, Dudley had several key receptions in the game. (Jacob Lewis courtesy photo) Scarborough’s scoring continued in the third quarter when Scarborough quarterback Zoltan Panyi broke off a 52-yard score to bring the score to 43-0. Minutes later, Panyi would have a 59-yard touchdown run.

Windham (7-5) had a glimmer of hope of getting on the board midway through the third quarter when Windham quarterback Tanner Bernier returned a kickoff 75 yards before being tackled. Windham, however, was not destined for the end zone and its possession ended when Bernier was picked off in the endzone by Scarborough junior Tyler Gobiel.

Garrard scored his fifth – and final – touchdown of the day with 6:46 left in the game on a 3-yard run to bring the score to 57-0.

“My expectations were high, but these kids really exceeded them,” Scarborough head coach Lance Johnson said after the game. “They are such good kids. They work hard.”

Anthony Purvis, a senior on the team, said the team put in a lot of work to get to this point.

“I am so proud of my boys,” he said.

Sendrowski, who will be wrestling next year at the University of Southern Maine, said he and his fellow seniors on the team – Connor Kelly, Drew Nichols, Jaquan Seme, Cody Dudley, Panyi, Purvis, Eric Quirk, Garrard, Ben Hughes, Alex Byer, Anthony Griffin and Reese Laquerquist – knew this was their last chance to earn that coveted Class A Gold Ball.

“We went out 110 percent and took no play off because we knew one play could change the whole game,” Sendrowski said.

While Garrard may have scored five touchdowns in the game, his performance was not something he could have done alone.

“We have battled up front all year. They work so hard,” he said after the game of his offensive linemen. “Without them, I couldn’t do anything. I just run the ball.”

Garrard said he and his teammates were confident if they continued what they had done in previous games, they had a good chance to win the game.

“This is the last game for me unfortunately, but I couldn’t have finished with a better group of guys,” he said.

Saturday’s game was the second time Scarborough and Windham met up this fall. Their last meeting, on Oct. 6, ended in similar fashion. Scarborough won that game by a 59-point margin, 66-7. Johnson said despite the teams’ early matchup, his players still had nerves coming into the game.

“We beat them pretty easily during the regular season, but it is still a state championship game and the kids were nervous. Getting that opening kickoff and early score settled our nerves a bit,” Johnson said.

Johnson said he was proud of Scarborough’s performance on offense, defense and special teams.

“All three phases were good today,” Johnson said.

Scarborough’s defense proved to be too tough for Windham, which coming off a 42-6 victory against Portland in the Class A north final, to counter. In fact, the Scarborough defense has been stingy all year, giving up 125 points in 11 games, which included three shutouts.

“We have a good secondary. We have good communication and talk well on defense. We know who is covering who and have trust in each other,” said Sendrowski, who also had an interception in the game midway through the third quarter. “As a team, we really meshed.”

Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached at news@scarboroughleader.com.

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