Junior quarterback Austin Spencer had a hand in all seven John Bapst touchdowns as the Crusaders rolled to a 49-18 high school football victory over Orono on Thursday night at Alfond Stadium.
Spencer threw six TD passes, including a 70-yarder on the second play of the game, at the University of Maine’s Morse Field. He then capped the scoring with a 52-yard interception for a TD from his defensive back post.
“He had a great night,” said Bapst coach Dan O’Connell of Spencer. “He has come a long way with his maturity.”
That maturity shows in his improved handling of the position, according to O’Connell.
“He knows he’s going to have pressure put on him and he knows he’s going to be hit, but he understands he has to be patient. When he’s patient he makes big plays.”
Spencer opened the game, which was Senior Night for both squads, firing passes as the Crusaders (7-1) tried to open up the field for their offense.
He missed connecting with Jake Moore on his first pass out on the right flat, then came right back to Moore. He caught his running back in stride down the right sideline, and Moore outraced the Red Riot defenders to complete the 70-yard play 24 seconds into the game. Spencer then ran in a two-point conversion after Bapst bobbled the point-after kick attempt, but Orono was called for a facemask penalty and Bapst got a second chance at the conversion.
Bapst never gave Orono a second chance.