2018-10-19 / Community

Rams are ready for showdown with Marshwood

By Pat McDonald Sports Editor


Kennebunk quarterback Tripp Bush runs for a first down during last Friday’s game against Falmouth. The Rams will head to South Berwick on Friday for a showdown with the Marshwood Hawks. (Jason Gendron photo) Kennebunk quarterback Tripp Bush runs for a first down during last Friday’s game against Falmouth. The Rams will head to South Berwick on Friday for a showdown with the Marshwood Hawks. (Jason Gendron photo) The Kennebunk High football team will head to South Berwick on Friday night for a showdown with the rival Marshwood Hawks — and the top seed in the Class B South playoffs will be on the line.

The Rams and Hawks both enter the game with perfect 7-0 records and Friday’s game could be a preview of the regional finals in a few weeks. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

“It’s exciting. I look forward to it … it’s what high school football is all about,” said Kennebunk coach Joe Rafferty.

Both teams have been dominant so far this season. Kennebunk has outscored its opponents by a whopping 347-54 margin, while Marshwood has been equally impressive with a 305-60 ratio.

The Rams know they will be in for their toughest test to date on Friday night.

“It’s an extremely big game for us. It’s going to be our biggest challenge this season. I’m a little nervous for it, but I think we can step up and play well,” said Kennebunk senior Chase Lamontagne.

Rafferty knows Marshwood coach Alex Rotsko will have his team ready on Friday night.

“When I look at them I think technically and they do things extremely well. They don’t make a lot of mistakes,” said Rafferty. “They will definitely formation you to death, but when it comes right down to it I think that their execution offensively is outstanding. I think their line play is excellent and they have some very good skill kids.”

Lamontagne echoed that sentiment.

“They definitely have some big kids. They have big, fast, athletic kids. It’s definitely going to be good competition. I’d like to say we have great athletic kids also, so it’s going to be a clash at its best,” Lamontagne said.

The Kennebunk offense — led by quarterback Tripp Bush, running back Derek Smith, fullback Dante DeLorenzo and wide receiver Zack Sullivan — will also face a tough challenge from the Marshwood defense.

“Defensively, they’re tough … they are very tough. They play great defense. They are physical up front. They have a good linebacking crew and their secondary is tough,” said Rafferty.

The Rams will not only have to deal with a tough Hawks squad, they will also need to battle a raucous road environment.

“I think with the whole hype of the game it should be exciting. If you’re a fan of high school football it should be a great night for you,” Rafferty said. “I would think they are going to have a lot of their kids, their school there to support them. I’m hoping our (student section) will go down. Our fans usually travel pretty well. But there will be a lot of people who come because they just want to see a good high school game.”

Friday night’s regular season finale will be a huge game for both sides, but the longtime Kennebunk coach knows the real season starts next week.

“Who doesn’t want to be on top at the end of the season? That’s what you work for,” Rafferty said. “They want it, we want it, but the reality is what you’re playing for is what seed you’re going to be come playoff time. That’s big, but getting into the playoffs, regardless of whether you are one, two, three or four, it just comes down to you’ve got to play and you’ve got to be there.”

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