Luker leads Mt. Blue to first state championship in 32 years
November 18, 2012By Ryan Kimball of RK Sports Productions
Portland - It was obvious from the start of the game it was going to be a high scoring affair. This game featured only three turnovers and one punt.
Senior running back Chad Luker rushed for five touchdowns to lead the Mt. Blue Cougars in a shootout victory in the class “B” state championship. The Cougars defeated the Marshwood Hawks 44-42 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland on Saturday night.
It only took the Mt. Blue offense three plays on their first drive of the game to get on the scoreboard. Chad Luker took a handoff from junior quarterback Jordan Whitney from four yards out to give the Cougars an early 6-0 lead with 7:49 to go in the first quarter.
Luker talks about getting the goal line carries “Coach Parlin gives me the ball in short yardage situations and I have to power it in. Luker added “I am thankful he gives me the ball for those plays.”
Marshwood answered back on their next possession on a 67 yard touchdown catch by tight end Beau Blanchette from Cameron Roll with 7:02 to go in the first quarter. Daniel Lizotte added a two-point conversion to put the Hawks up 8-6.
Whitney talks about playing against Marshwood’s star quarterback “Cameron Roll is a great quarterback and I bet he will be here next year.”
After a great first half, the Cougars led 26-21 at halftime.
Senior tight end Zakary Kendall caught a 21 yard touchdown pass from Whitney with 4:04 to go in the game, which was the game winning score for the Cougars giving them an 44-35 lead.
Kendall talks about his game winning touchdown catch “I was running straight for the endzone and there was no one around so I took off looked up in the air and right as I looked the ball was right in front of me. Kendall added “I did not see Jordan release it, but I caught the ball looked down in the endzone and it was a great feeling to hold onto the ball.”
“I turned around and was getting hit so I floated it up and Zackary made a great catch,” said Whitney.
With the score 44-42 under two minutes to go in the game, junior defensive end Dustin Richards recovered a fumble sealing the victory for Mt. Blue.
Luker said “Last defensive stop Dustin Richards jumped on the fumble it was awesome.” Luker added “We stop them on their last drive that counted.”
Mt. Blue head football coach Gary Parlin said “We needed to make one stop on D and we made the one stop at the most opportune time.”
The Cougars finished the game with 354 total yards of offense. The Cougars were led by Whitney, who rushed for 123 yards on 15 carries and passed for 64 yards and a touchdown. Luker rushed for 48 yards on 14 carries and all five of his touchdowns runs came from inside the five yard line. Calen Lucas rushed for 32 yards and returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
The Hawks had 386 total yards in the game. Marshwood was led by Roll who rushed for 126 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. His touchdown came on fourth and goal from the four yards out cutting the deficit to 26-21 late in the second quarter. He passed for 102 yards completing three of five passes and two touchdowns, which were 67 and 14 yards respectively. Sophomore running back Brett Gerry rushed for 98 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. Senior running back Lizotte had 61 yards and a touchdown for the Hawks.
Whitney talked playing against the Hawks “Marshwood is a great team and they can run the ball well.”
Parlin said “It is awesome. Parlin added “We have waited a long time for this.”
This is the first state championship for Mt. Blue in 32 years. The Cougars last state title was in 1980.
Whitney talks about winning a state championship “It is the greatest feeling in my life.” Whitney added “I have been waiting for this for a long time.”
“It is the best feeling in the entire world,” said Kendall. Kendall continued “We all deserved it is hard earned.”
“After losing to Leavitt in overtime last year these kids really used that as a motivation tool all year long for us,” said Parlin.