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Cony 76, Gardiner 14 (10/25/13)

October 26, 2013

AUGUSTA, ME — Cony had no trouble scoring on Friday night.

The Cony Rams put up 56 points at halftime on their way to a 76-14 crushing of the winless Gardiner Tigers. More than 4,000 fans watched the game at Cony High School as part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

In their first regular-season matchup in nine years, Cony led 20-0 after the first and 56-0 at halftime on its way to a record-setting night. The 76 points was the series’ most, easily surpassing Cony’s previous mark of 62 in 1892.

Ben Lucas, considered one of the best quarterbacks in the state, completed all but four of his passes for 223 yards and six TDs to be named the Great American Rivalry Series Most Valuable Player. His favorite target was Jonathan Saban, who caught six balls for 124 yards and three scores.

Charlie Hallak ran for 97 yards and two TDs on just five carries for the Rams, who lead one of the longest-running rivalries in the country (1892) 69-57-10. They’ve won four of five.

Brad Weston ran for 92 yards and a TD for the Tigers, who were outscored 368-44 this season.

This was the final game of the regular season for both Cony (6-2) and Gardiner (0-8).


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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?

Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.