WINSLOW — It was shocking, but maybe it shouldn’t have been.

Traip, with a 2-2 record, made the long drive up from Kittery on Saturday afternoon to face undefeated Winslow. But on this day, the “underdog” looked like a machine, as Traip held Winslow to 97 yards of offense in a dominating 36-8 Campbell Conference Class C football victory.

“I’ve got news for you: We weren’t the underdog,” Traip coach Ron Ross said. “We’re 2-2, but we’ve played four very tough games. We lost to Maranacook because we made mistakes in the red zone. We lost to Yarmouth because we couldn’t score in the red zone. So if we put together a perfect game today, we knew we could win.”

Traip played pretty close to perfect all afternoon. The Rangers took the opening kickoff and went 69 yards to a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Matt Clifford. That drive lasted 18 plays — only one of which was longer than 6 yards — and took nearly nine minutes off the clock.

The rest of the game followed that pattern. Traip’s longest play of the game covered 16 yards, and the Rangers had 338 yards of offense. Cordero Aldecoa rushed 26 times for 157 yards, and Tyler Nay gained 83 yards on 17 attempts.

“We always run like that,” Ross said. “We’re a hard-nosed team, and we like to play between our tackles. They’re huge. They’re strong. So why do anything else?”

Traip did such a fine job controlling the ball that Winslow (4-1) ran only seven plays in the first half, and gained 11 yards. A 1-yard plunge by Nay in the second quarter gave the Rangers a 15-0 lead at halftime.

“All the indications that we’ve had in the league is they’re a very, very physical team, outstanding line,” Winslow coach Mike Siviski said. “That’s a real darn good team. I’m wondering how they lost two games this year, to be honest with you. We’re a young team. I hope they taught us how to play football a little bit today.”

Winslow opened the third quarter with a nice 65-yard drive, culminating in Eric Crawley’s 11-yard touchdown run. Dylan Hapworth ran in the two-point conversion on a fake, and the Black Raiders were within 15-8.

The Black Raiders had the momentum at that point, but quickly realized Traip had not lost its ability to pound the ball up the middle. The Rangers went right back down the field and Aldecoa scored from 8 yards out.

“Coach told us that they were going to come out, and they were going to try to punch us in the mouth,” Aldecoa said. “That’s what they did. They came out and they scored on us. But then we kept our heads up high, and had to play good defense.”

Traip’s Devon Draker and Aldecoa each ran for touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Winslow ran only six offensive plays in the quarter, the last coming when Nay stormed through the line and sacked Winslow quarterback Donald Camp and took the ball from Camp in one motion.

“I think that we’re going to learn how to hold blocks longer, extend our runs — do the things that they did,” Siviski said.

Matt DiFilippo — 861-9243

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