WALES — Wing-T. Single-wing. Double-wing. Spread. No-huddle. Best receiver lining up at tailback. All-conference quarterback stationed at wingback.

Oak Hill has tried them all. Half the fun of watching the Raiders’ two-and-a-half-year reign over Class D football is waiting to see how they choose to move the pieces on the chess board each week.

Saturday at home against Winthrop/Monmouth it was the latter option: Junior understudy Matthew Strout taking the snaps for one series, with senior Dalton Therrien running jet sweeps from the wing. It led to a 51-yard touchdown, one of three scores directly impacted by Therrien in a 28-19 victory.

“Week 5, a bunch of teams have been scouting, obviously, so every week we try to throw in a wrinkle that other teams aren’t prepared for,” Therrien said. “That’s just kind of our offense.”

Therrien started and finished at quarterback and inflicted his usual damage: 7-for-12 for 92 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown toss to Jonah Martin. He also ran 15 times for 113 yards, adding a 4-yard option keeper for a score on the final play of the third quarter.

He also made his first defensive start since sophomore year for the Raiders (5-0), contributing two solo tackles and a pass breakup in the secondary.

“Some of the things we’ve done, we’ve put the ball in our best player’s hands, who we feel might be one of the best players in the conference,” Oak Hill coach Stacen Doucette said. “That’s what we did there.”

Oak Hill sacked Winthrop/Monmouth quarterback Matt Ingram six times, led by Connor Elwell’s hat trick in that department.

Martin intercepted a pass and Levi Buteau recovered a fumble, each in the second half to deny another Ramblers’ comeback.

“Jonah is my best friend,” Therrien said. “He’s bought into football a little bit more than previous years. It helps him.”

Winthrop/Monmouth (3-2) edged Dirigo and Maranacook the past two weeks, each time on an Ingram touchdown at the end of regulation.

“Their past two games, we all know they won in the last 30 seconds of the game,” Therrien said. “Coach told us if you let them hang around, something’s going to happen. We just came out on top and made some big plays.”

Oak Hill scored on three of its first four possessions.

The first touchdown required no trickery. It was pure, power football behind the front five of Brendan Tervo, Adam Mooney, Garrett Gile, Austin Goucher and Gavin Chasse.

Buteau and Cruz Poirier took turns with consecutive carries of 9, 16, 6, 15 and 18 yards. The last, Buteau’s surge off left tackle, reached the end zone. Buteau also booted the extra point for a 7-0 advantage.

“It was nothing that we really didn’t expect,” Winthrop/Monmouth coach Dave St. Hilaire said. “They were beating us up front. Our tackles weren’t really doing anything.”

The Raiders led 14-0 before the Ramblers notched a first down. After Gile’s tackle for a loss and Buteau’s tipped pass led to a three-and-out, Oak Hill unveiled the double-QB formation.

Therrien took the handoff at midfield and veered to the left, untouched on the journey.

“He likes going in sets and running those different sets each (drive),” St. Hilaire said. “They burned us on that long play. They’re a talented team. They come prepared.”

Nate Scott and Ben Ames knocked down passes to halt Oak Hill’s next drive on downs and give Winthrop/Monmouth life.

Long runs by Scott, Alec Brown and Ingram moved the chains and set up a 3-yard sneak by Ingram. Tyler Cote kicked the PAT to make it 14-7 with 2:02 left in the quarter.

Oak Hill answered immediately, converting both a third down and a fourth down on a lengthy march that ended with Therrien’s strike to Martin in the right flat.

“Anytime you get a lead in a football game, it’s good,” Doucette said. “It changes your offensive philosophy a little bit. We knew they were a team that was going to play to the end. We felt we had to get a lead and withstand their comeback.”

Buteau and Andrerw Pazdziorko exchanged fumble recoveries early in the third quarter. Pazdziorko’s pickup promoted a 13-play, 78-yard drive and a 13-yard TD by Brown with 5:15 remaining.

Again, Oak Hill matched the scoring drive with one of its own. The key play was a 23-yard connection from Therrien to Connor Nilsson.

Pazdziorko caught a 20-yard pass off the fingertips of an Oak Hill defender for a touchdown with 6:09 left in the game.

“At halftime we were down 21-7 and I said, ‘Guys, we’ve got them right where we want them.’ We challenged the kids to come out and play more physical in the second half, and we did,” St. Hilaire said. “We’re confident after what we saw today that we can play with them. It’s just a matter of getting better every day if we meet them in the playoffs.”

Buteau carried 19 times for 99 yards and Poirier put up 17 for 79 to lead the Raiders, who had 309 of their 427 total yards in the first half.

Oak Hill has won 15 consecutive games.

“That’s a very good team,” Doucette said of Winthrop/Monmouth. “I think it’s anybody’s year this year.”

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