BRUNSWICK – The Lewiston Blue Devils were made to stand around in the soup of Friday night’s monsoon and then told they had to go home anyway. But maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing that they had 24 hours to stew.

Lewiston scored on all four of its first half possessions and picked up a Crabtree-critical 38-14 win over Brunswick on a chilly Saturday night.

Jared Turcotte led a balanced offensive attack with 180 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries and Frank Sawyer paced a solid defensive effort with two interceptions as the Devils (5-2) moved a step closer to clinching one of four potential PTC playoff spots while doing serious damage to Brunswick’s (4-3) chances.

“We just wanted to come out here and play our hardest,” said Sawyer, who added a five-yard TD catch to his all-around night. “We came out here pretty hyped because they sent us out here in the rain (Friday night) without playing.”

Friday night’s warm-ups were interrupted by lightning and forced Brunswick officials to push the game back, but the Blue Devils didn’t need much help warming up for the real thing. Turcotte ripped off a powerful 70-yard run on the game’s first play, helping Lewiston tally an astounding 167 yards in the first quarter alone.

“I’ll be honest with you,” Lewiston coach Bill County said. “I thought we were outflanked on that run. I didn’t think we had enough blockers in there, but Jared just put on a show on that first play and I think that really set the tempo. We were able to employ a little bit of an inside-out game with them.”

Turcotte’s run set up a two-yard TD run by Wesley Myers. Brunswick’s Camden Miller (18 carries, 87 yards) responded with a 20-yard TD run on Brunswick’s first possession and it looked like the game would be a back-and-forth shoot-out. But Matt Letourneau (six carries, 71 yards) chipped in with a couple of long ground gains and Myers’ seven-yard scoring run put the Devils up for good with 3:33 left in the first quarter.

“I thought Matt Letourneau ran the ball very well from the fullback spot and Wesley Myers is a great counter back,” County said.

The Devils also got an efficient performance from QB Mason Giroux (5-of-6, 56 yards, one TD) and some big stops by their defense. The first came when the Dragons elected to go for it on 4th-and-2 at their own 32 on just their second series. The middle of the Lewiston line stuffed Miller for just a one-yard gain, and the Devils took advantage of the prim field position with Turcotte’s first TD run, a five-yarder, that made it 18-7 on the first play of the second quarter.

“That first series Brunswick had made us tremendously nervous, so we knew the second time they touched the ball would be a big series,” County said. “We changed our front up a little bit defensively and mixed things up, which I think might have given them a bit of a hard time. The defense really rose to the occasion.”

Runs of 13 and 23 yards by Letourneau set up Turcotte’s second score, a two-yard dive which gave Lewiston a 25-7 lead at halftime. Turcotte added a 23-yard TD run late in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

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