Building a varsity football program is a slow process for Ellsworth Eagles

September 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) ELLSWORTH — After three varsity seasons, the Ellsworth Eagle football team has yet to put a win in the scorebook.But as far as Ellsworth coach Duane Crawford is concerned, “each time the players stepped on the field they were victorious.”The Eagles opened the season with a high degree of optimism. But what appeared to be a strong squad at the beginning, with large offensive and defensive lines, only played the opening game against MDI together.“From that point on,” said Crawford, seven starters were out by the end of our third game for various reasons.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThat required moving several players to positions that were new to them.Austin Smith, a 150-pound defensive back, was converted to an offensive guard.Michael York moved from fullback to tight end for two games, then missed the balance of the season with a knee injury.Damien Carter, a freshman running back, stepped in at tackle for a couple of games.James McAlpine moved from his usual tight end position to guard and tackle.Sophomore guard/tackle Scott Firley played wherever he was needed on both the offensive and defensive lines.Despite that adversity, said Crawford, the team played better than last year and several games were not decided until the third or fourth quarter.“In previous seasons, in most of our games we were playing JV squads by the second half,” he said. “This year, we played three games in which varsity opponents played through all four quarters, and in one game, we were leading 8-6 at the end of the first quarter, which was a first.”Next year will be the first season in which the full offensive backfield likely will be intact for two years in a row.The Eagles lose just three seniors — Robert Cooper, Calob Chipman and Brock Frye.This season, Ellsworth’s wing-T offense generated more than 1,600 yards with running back Devin Wright leading the way, averaging 4.4 yards on 111 carries.Connor Petros averaged 5.1 yards on 70 carries, and York averaged 4.2 yards on 39 carries in just four games.Quarterback Jacob Shorey completed 23 passes for just under 300 yards, 268 of them to Wally Rumill.Defensive returnees will include Wright, who led the team with 24 solo tackles and 15 assists, along with Rumill, Tyler Hardwick and Shorey.“Building a football program from the ground up is a long process,” said Crawford. “But these student athletes remained positive the entire season, worked hard despite overwhelming odds and never quit. They continue to lay the foundation for the program.” Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017center_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest Posts Biolast_img



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