2015-10-05 / Sports

Rams run over Mt. Ararat 34-6 to stay unbeaten

From Staff Reports


Kennebunk’s Evan Warren looks for some running room during Saturday’s game against Mt. Ararat in Kennebunk. Kennebunk’s Evan Warren looks for some running room during Saturday’s game against Mt. Ararat in Kennebunk. KENNEBUNK — Kennebunk went into Saturday’s Homecoming game against Mt. Ararat looking to remain perfect on the season – with a showdown set for next Friday night with defending state champion Marshwood.

The Rams were able to avoid stumbling in what looked to be a classic trap game against the visiting Eagles, who came in at just 1-3, as they jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 34-6 victory.

Kennebunk got a big game from standout quarterback Justin Wiggins, who went 7-of-14 through the air for 170 yards and three scores, and ran for another 82 yards.

“Justin had a couple of good pass connections with Thomas Wildes, where we caught them in some blitzing situations, which put Thomas one-on-one,” said Kennebunk head coach Joe Rafferty.

One of those one-on-one situations came in the first quarter when the Rams, who already had a 7-0 lead thanks to a Pat Saunders touchdown run, got a 44-yard scoring strike from Wiggins to Wildes to make it 14-0.

The Rams (5-0) lead grew to 20-0 heading into the break as Wiggins hit Dante DeLorenzo for an 8-yard TD pass.

Wiggins struck one more time through the air in the third quarter when he once again found Wildes – this time on a 53-yard pitchand catch. Jared Dyer hit one of his four extra points to make it 27-0.

Rafferty was happy to see his team’s passing game light it up on Saturday.

“It’s something that we are working on every day,” said Rafferty on the Rams’ air attack. “It’s not our strength, it hasn’t been, but (Wiggins) has been diligent in working on it.”

Wildes, who also added a 14-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter, finished the game with two catches for 97 yards and three carries for 28 rushing yards. The senior won the Buckwheat Nadeau Award, which is awarded to the Most Valuable Player of Kennebunk’s Homecoming game each year.

Rafferty will now look to get his team ready for a showdown with Marshwood, which will head to Kennebunk with a 4-1 record – and just one spot behind the Rams in the playoff standings.

“It’s big ... it’s definitely a pivotal week for us,” said Rafferty, who said both teams will have the same goal heading into next week’s clash. “It’s a huge game for both of us. At this point, I think both of us are playoff teams, but it’s a case of trying to get that homefield advantage.”

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