Nov. 17—TURNER — Fryeburg was within striking distance of the end zone with eight seconds remaining.
Raiders quarterback Cohen Carter took the snap and threw toward receiver Logan Walton, whom he had connected with 14 times during the Class C South final that evening, near the end zone.
Leavitt safety Noah Carpenter jumped in front of and intercepted the pass as time ran out, sealing the Hornets’ 36-32 come-from-behind victory and earning them a spot in their second consecutive Class C title game. Leavitt (10-0), the defending state champion, will face Oceanside (10-0) on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lewiston High School.
“I knew that when the time in games comes down to the last seconds, you’re going to get the ball to your best player,” Carpenter said, referring to Walton, earlier this week. “So, I had a feeling that they were going to try to target him, and as soon as I saw that ball in the air, I was like, I got to go grab this. I just did my best … and went up and got it.”
Carpenter also sealed the Hornets’ 21-14 victory over Oxford Hills, last year’s Class A champion, in September when he sprinted up and knocked a pass away on a fourth-down play with about 90 seconds remaining.
The senior is known for his feats as a quarterback. It’s understandable; every time Carpenter takes a snap, there is a threat of a touchdown, whether it be a long run by him or one of his teammates, a long pass or a short pass that turns into a long gain.
Carpenter, though, is more than a big-play QB.
“I think, probably because he’s such a good quarterback, maybe initially people didn’t know how good of a safety he is,” Leavitt coach Mike Hathaway said, “but I think anybody who’s turned on the tape and watched this year can see that, you know, he’s fantastic back there.”
The film will show even more than that: Carpenter also is standout kicker…
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Author : Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine
Publish date : 2023-11-17 23:36:00
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