Dover-Foxcroft— Ryan Rebar will graduate from Foxcroft Academy in June of 2013. That is good news for coach Tom Bertrand and his Maine Central Institute (MCI) Huskies.
Rebar had three touchdowns and two interceptions to lead the Foxcroft Ponies to a 72-0 victory over the Huskies on Friday evening.
Rebar scored a touchdown on special teams, offense and defense. He started the scoring with a 68 yard punt return with 8:57 remaining in the first quarter. Rebar intercepted a pass and ran it into the end-zone from 35 yards out. He also caught a seven yard touchdown pass from Hunter Law.
“The ball found his hands. He (Rebar) was at the right spot,” Foxcroft coach Danny White said. “The kid works tremendously hard. He works so hard in practice, people don’t see that.”
Rebar intercepted five passes and scored two receiving touchdowns in a 33-12 victory over MCI on September 16th, 2011.
The five interception performance was not something anyone that was in attendance will soon forget. Rebar’s teammates reminded him of it during the week. They were hoping he would get six.
“The guys gave me motivation throughout the week. Maybe some of it came from last year’s performance. I am happy with the win. ” Rebar said. “I just try to make the play on the ball and do the best I can every time.”
The Ponies have started the season with three wins. They have outscored their opponents 198-6.
The schedule will get much tougher for the Ponies. The 198-6 came against opponents that have combined for one win. The next three opponents (Stearns, Orono and John Bapst) are all undefeated.
“We have to get better every practice. Never be satisfied with what you have done. People that get satisfied get complacent and go backwards,” White said. “Leadership is the number one thing. It is easy when you have 13 seniors that have been through it. We want to get better every single week. We we will enjoy this. When we get back to practice Monday, we know we have to be better than we were Friday night.”
Rebar added, “This group is lead by a great group of seniors. We have a great coaching staff.”
The Ponies offense has averaged 66 points per game. The Ponies defense may be the strength.
They allowed the Huskies only 25 yards from scrimmage and two first downs. They have allowed seven first downs in the first three games.
The Ponies also scored two touchdowns on punt returns. Rebar scored his in the first half. Hunter Smith scooted into the end zone from 22 yards in the second half.
“It was more defense. If you look at the yardage and field possession. We had a lot of short fields,” White said. “Special teams was big for us again.”
Rebar added, “Defense wins games and championship, that is what we have been focusing on in practice.”
Law, Donnie Boyer, Alex Stevens, Wesley Stinson, Peter Boyer and Ryan Wang all scored rushing touchdowns.
Law rushed for 79 yards on three carries, including his 47 yard run into the end-zone. Donnie Boyer finished with 51 yards on eight carries.
The defense was led by Stevens. He finished with 10 tackles. Peter Boyer had nine tackles. Caleb Richard went 10-10 on extra point attempts.
The Ponies have used the full bench in the first three games. The starters have played approximately four quarters of the 12. The early leads have given coach White the opportunity to get the younger Ponies on the field.
“It is crucial for the program. For the young kids to be able to play on Friday nights is very special,” White said. “They have been able to play a good number of snaps and we are very fortunate for that.”
Foxcroft (3-0) will travel to Millinocket for a game against Stearns on Friday, September 21st. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
MCI (0-3) will host Washington Academy on Friday, September 21st. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.