DIXFIELD — Dirigo and Old Orchard Beach football teams got down to some serious business at balmy Harlow Park on Friday night.

Brett Beauchesne reached toward the goal line, but the ball bounced forward and Kaine Hutchins fell on it in the end zone as the No.4 Cougars won an overtime thriller 20-14 against No.5 Old Orchard Beach in a Class D Campbell Conference quarterfinal tilt.

OOB had the first ofensive possession from the 10-yard line, but missed a field goal on fourth down.

Dirigo went on offense and Heath Hersom gained five yards. Beauchesne (88 yards,19 carries) was stuffed for no gain and Tyler Frost gained two.On fourth and goal from the two, Beauchesne appeared to be short, but the ball was jarred loose and Hutchins smothered the ball

”This was a battle,” said Beauchesne, who played on after dislocating his shoulder. ”We knew that if we lost then we’d be done. So, we put it in gear when we needed to.”

The teams entered the contest with identical 5-3 records and it was a rematch. Dirigo had relied on its stout defense in a 13-0 win against Old Orchard Beach, last month .Tyler Frost broke loose for a 30-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Dylan Kidder recovered a fumble on the goal line and Beauschesne scored, with less than two minutes to play in game.

In the rematch, OOB scored on a TD pass by quarterback Bryan Roberts to Tyler Scott with 1:14 left in regulation to tie the game at 14-14.

The defense was led by linebackers Joe Casey and Frost and Dylan Kidder stopped Roberts on conversin attempt.

”We shot ourselves in the foot with 17 penalties,” Frost said. ”We werent getting off the ball. But, we had some injuries and guys stepped up.”

Dirigo, which will travel to meet top-ranked Winthrop in a semifinal game next week, had taken a 14-2 lead on TD runs by Frost and QB Riley Robinson. Robinson passed to Barry Campbell for the conversion.

Roberts (133 yards, 23 carries) ran for a TD.

On opening possession, a 45-yard run by Roberts set the Seagulls in the red zone, but Dirigo held, and in the second quarter David Merrill recovered a fumble at the Cougars’ 1. Two plays later, Robinson was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone for a safety.

”OOB played thier hearts out,” Dirigo coach Dave Crutchfield said. ”We are happy to extend the playoffs, but we need to keep improving because the teams get tougher.”


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