Ellsworth/Sumner stymies Traip passing game to earn Homecoming win

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — Fresh off two encouraging performances, the Ellsworth/Sumner football team entered Homecoming week with a new challenge on its hands.After earning its first win of the season with a shutout of Sacopee Valley and holding its own against Maranacook, eight-man football’s only unbeaten team, Ellsworth/Sumner had plenty of confidence ahead of Friday night’s showdown with Traip Academy. Yet that confidence would mean nothing if the Eagles couldn’t overcome one of their season-long struggles: pass defense.Led by quarterback Bobby Lane, Traip, one of four contenders in the new eight-man class’s competitive small-school division, has been one of the state’s most pass-heavy teams in 2019. As his team prepared for the Rangers to make the 210-mile trip to Ellsworth from Kittery, Ellsworth/Sumner head coach Duane Crawford anticipated another aerial attack.Ellsworth/Sumner’s Connor Crawford runs with the ball as Jack Sandone blocks during the first half of a high school football game against Traip on Oct. 11 at Ellsworth High School. Crawford rushed for 247 yards and three touchdowns on offense and added five solo tackles on defense. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“We’ve had issues covering the pass, and we knew coming into the game that they were going to throw it a ton,” Crawford said. “We knew we were going to have to find a way to stop it.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThere were ups and downs, but in the end, Ellsworth/Sumner’s defense made the plays it needed to win. Now, with two weeks of the season remaining, the Eagles can prepare with the knowledge that one more victory will send them to the postseason.Ellsworth/Sumner defeated Traip Academy 28-14 on Friday to earn a crucial victory in front of a passionate Homecoming and Senior Night crowd. The win was the second in three games for the Eagles, who can clinch a playoff berth with a win in either of their remaining games.The Eagles got off to an inauspicious start to the game as Traip recovered a perfectly executed onside kick to get the ball in Ellsworth/Sumner territory. Yet after the Eagles (2-4) forced the Rangers to punt on fourth-and-31, senior Connor Crawford sprinted 53 yards to the end zone to put the home team ahead 6-0 with 8 minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the first quarter.Ellsworth/Sumner went up 14-0 with 4:27 left in the half on a 3-yard touchdown run from Crawford, but Traip (3-3) cut it to 14-8 with 1:43 left on a 21-yard touchdown pass. The Rangers got another chance in the dying seconds of the half after the Eagles turned the ball over on downs, but Ellsworth/Sumner maintained the lead as a desperation pass attempt went out of bounds.Although Traip began the second half in good field position, the Eagles turned the momentum back in their favor as J’Von James took an interception to the Rangers’ 34-yard line with a 54-yard return. Traip then committed a facemask on third-and-long to give Ellsworth/Sumner an automatic first down, and the Eagles capitalized as Crawford scored his third touchdown of the night on 12-yard run.“It feels like yesterday that I was on this field for my first game ever, and for it to already be Senior Night and probably my last game here, it’s crazy,” Crawford said. “I wanted to go out with a bang and play as hard as I could.”Ellsworth/Sumner senior Jack Sandone runs with the ball during the first half of a high school football game against Traip on Oct. 11 at Ellsworth High School. The Eagles can clinch the playoffs with a win in either of their remaining games. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLTraip responded with a touchdown late in the third quarter to make the score 22-14 and threatened to tie it in the fourth with a drive into Ellsworth/Sumner territory. Yet Adam Inman got the ball back for the home team with a diving interception on the 19-yard line, and the Eagles provided the final touchdown several plays later as Jack Sandone scored on a 52-yard run.The touchdown was the second of the year for Sandone, who had previously taken a kickoff return to the end zone in the Eagles’ 50-44 loss to Gray-New Gloucester on Sept. 13. Sandone had zero football experience whatsoever coming into the season, but after James persuaded him to come out for the team, the senior has become a key player on both sides of the ball.“I’ve always wanted to play football, and J’Von convinced me that I should go out and do it this year,” Sandone said. “It gets easier every practice, and I’m always learning new things. I love it.”Crawford led Ellsworth/Sumner with 247 rushing yards on 29 carries, and Sandone added 78 yards on 12 carries. Crawford (five solo tackles) and Noah Hughes (one tackle for loss, one sack and three solo tackles) put forth strong defensive performances for the Eagles, who held Traip to nine completions on 34 pass attempts in the win.Ellsworth/Sumner’s key defensive plays came as Traip appeared to be building momentum following its offensive success late in the first half. Wanting to put more pressure on Lane, Crawford made a halftime adjustment that worked wonders.“We put Connor on the edge and put Jack over the middle to rush the passer, and we also put Noah back when there was no one on his side,” Crawford said. “Connor gives us a little bit better coverage, and Jack is quick enough to get up the middle. That’s where a lot of our success came from.”Ellsworth/Sumner’s Will Johnson (left) and Jack Sandone celebrate Sandone’s touchdown in the second half of a high school football game against Traip on Oct. 11 at Ellsworth High School. Sandone’s 52-yard run with just under four minutes left in the game provided the final points of the night. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth/Sumner will be on the road against Yarmouth (3-3) at 6 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 18. The two teams opened the season against one another Sept. 6 with Yarmouth winning 20-14.With a win next week against Yarmouth or the following week against Gray-New Gloucester, Ellsworth/Sumner would mathematically clinch a spot in the eight-man playoffs. The Eagles were competitive in their aforementioned losses to Yarmouth and Gray-New Gloucester, and with a healthy team this time, their sights are set on stretching the season into November.“Those early games were great games, and we had a couple people banged up in both of them,” Connor Crawford said. “Both [upcoming] games are going to be really tough games, but we’re ready to get focused and prepare ourselves to win.”Bucksport completes late comeback; Bapst shuts out MDISenior Night provided a dramatic finish at Bucksport High School on Friday as the Golden Bucks completed a fourth-quarter comeback to top Oak Hill 21-14.Oak Hill (3-3) led the game 7-0 at halftime and took a 14-0 lead early in the fourth quarter on a Gavin Rawstron touchdown run. Yet the Golden Bucks fought back with three Jaxon Gross touchdown runs in the final eight minutes to snatch the victory and improve to 6-0.Elsewhere Friday, MDI (1-5) fell to its fifth consecutive loss with a 21-0 defeat to John Bapst (4-2) at Husson University. Baylor Landsman had 95 passing yards for the Trojans in the loss.Bucksport will have a bye next week in advance of its Week 8 road showdown against Foxcroft. MDI will host Oceanside (3-3) at 7 p.m. next Friday. Biocenter_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

The Latest: Asian football cancels Oct., Nov. qualifiers

first_img“Our job as coaches and mentors is to provide opportunities for our players, and do everything in our power to not take them away,” coach Walt Bell said. “Today’s news was devastating, but we will be resilient and prepared to be our best when our best is required.”UMass joins fellow independent UConn, Old Dominion and all the schools in the Mid-American Conference and Mountain West, a total of 27, in postponing its football season.UMass joined the FBS in 2012 and has not had a winning record since. The Minutemen were forced to try football independence when the Mid-American Conference pushed them out after the 2015 season. The program relies heavily on the revenue it generates from playing road games against Power Five schools and had been due to receive $1.9 million to play Auburn in November, but that game was canceled when the Southeastern Conference decided to play only league games.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press The LPGA plans to return next year to the Qizhong Garden Golf Club in Shanghai. PGA events, men’s and women’s tennis tournaments, cycling and a Formula One Grand Prix are among the events that have already been canceled.___Massachusetts is the latest school from the Football Bowl Subdivision, college football’s highest level, to cancel its fall season.UMass is an independent in football and its decision affects only that sport. Most of UMass’ athletic teams compete in the Atlantic 10. Athletic director Ryan Bamford said the school will try to conduct a football spring season if possible. August 12, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Asian Football Confederation has postponed all qualifiers scheduled in October and November for the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup.center_img Those who tested positive self-isolated in line with the guidelines provided by the USL. Only those who tested negative are permitted to enter training facilities. Anyone identified via contact tracing will also be quarantined and tested. The league said it will announce COVID-19 test results on a weekly basis for the rest of the season, but no specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided. ___The LPGA Tour has confirmed the 2020 Buick LPGA Shanghai has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.China’s government last month announced all international sports events in the country would be canceled until the end of the year, and organizers of the Oct. 15-18 women’s golf tournament made the cancellation official in a statement Wednesday citing “the current health concerns and significant travel restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19.” The Latest: Asian football cancels Oct., Nov. qualifiers The AFC says the delay is to protect the health and safety of all participants because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The games will be rescheduled in 2021.The 2022 World Cup is set to be played in Qatar and the Asian Cup will be held in China the following year.___The United Soccer League says 1,293 tests were given to players and club staff from the 35 championship clubs, with nine individuals testing positive from two clubs.The USL also confirmed Tuesday that 458 tests were administered to players and club staff from the 11 League One clubs between July 27 and Aug. 3, with five individuals testing positive from one team.last_img read more

Mumbai Indians not using Rohit Sharma well in middle order: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgMumbai Indians have done well to win two of their first matches in IPL 2017 but they would be concerned with the form of their captain Rohit Sharma. The flamboyant batsman has so far managed only nine runs in three matches. (Kohli declared fit for Mumbai Indians clash)However, thanks to the efforts of the openers, the Pandya brothers and Nitish Rana, MI have got going somehow. But Rohit’s form would be crucial for Mumbai as well as India, who will regroup for the Champions Trophy in a few weeks. (Pandya brothers have the license to thrill from MI captain Rohit Sharma)Sourav Ganguly, in an exclusive interview with India Today, suggested MI open with Rohit and also picked the players who have made the biggest impact among Indian players. (Rana, Pandya brothers shine as MI beat SRH)Excerpts:Boria Majumdar: Sourav, early on in IPL 2017, in the first week, young Indian players have made a mark. From Risabah Pant, Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana to Hardik Pandya, all of them have performed well. What’s your take on that?Sourav Ganguly: Look, even Manoj Tiwary played well but for me Sanju Samson looked good. He can play the big shots with ease which is very crucial in this format.But still it’s early days in the tournament. IPL has produced many such talents in the past and it will keep on doing so.Boria: Talking about Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya has been brilliant for them this season.Ganguly: Hardik is the most improved player this year. Among all the youngsters, he has been the best. Pandya won two games on his own and emerged as the most valuable player. Pandya has improved 40% player from what he was in the ICC World T20 last year.advertisementBoria: So you want him for the Champions Trophy side?Ganguly: If Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli are following his game, I would suggest that they play him in all three formats.Boria: Sourav, we have been searching for a fast-bowling all-rounder in India. Finally, do you see that talent in Hardik Pandya?Ganguly: The talent is there but you need to use brains to transform that talent which Jacque Kallis did. Pandya can bowl around 140 kmph and he has a good batting technique. It’s up to to him and the team management to convert that into consistency.Boria: If we talk about spinners, Kuldeep Yadav impressed in his first Test. Also, he’s bowling well for Kolkata Knight Riders. Does that give you hope that he can do well?Ganguly: Kuldeep is our future. He’s a wrist spinner and different from others. It is difficult to pick someone who is unorthodox and accurate at the same time. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep are very good prospects for the shorter formats and they can represent India for long.Boria: Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Rohit Sharma are all fighting for that one spot in middle order. Yuvraj has anyway cemented his place. Any word on Kedar Jadhav?Ganguly: Kedar’s improvement has been outstanding. He played a match-winning knock for Bangalore. He won games for India against England in good pitches.Rohit will take time. I think Mumbai are not using him well while playing him in the middle order. They should open with Rohit and back Buttler for the no.4 spot.In the current scenario, Yuvraj, Jadhav and Hardik Pandya have had the most impact among Indian players.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more