AUGUSTA — A postseason berth already clinched, the Cony football team has its sights set on hosting at least one Pine Tree Conference Class A playoff game.

The Rams (6-2) took a giant step toward that goal Saturday night with a convincing 47-0 victory over Lewiston at Alumni Field.

“We wanted to keep the momentum going,” said junior quarterback Ben Lucas.

The Rams sure did that.

Lucas completed 18 of 26 passes for 386 yards and six touchdowns in about three quarters of work. He’s thrown for 2,129 yards and 29 touchdowns in eight games — both tops in the PTC A by a wide margin.

“I don’t think we appreciate just what Ben is doing,” Cony coach Robby Vachon said. “The kid is putting up phenomenal numbers. He’s also fortunate to have the players he has around him.”

Lucas threw touchdowns to four different players, including two to Tayler Carrier, who caught six passes for 61 yards.

“We’re tough,” Carrier said. “We’re a lot better this year.”

Cony can clinch the second seed and a home game in the PTC A semifinals with a victory at Oxford Hills (3-5) on Friday. The Rams would also need Lawrence (8-0) to beat Messalonskee (6-2).

“We’re jockeying for position,” Vachon said. “We’ll see where we fall in.”

Chandler Shostak, as he’s done most weeks, turned in another strong performance. The senior wide receiver/defensive back had an interception — his eighth of the season — and also caught four passes for 127 yards.

He got things rolling in the first quarter when he made a leaping interception along the near sideline at the Cony 8-yard line about three minutes into the game. The turnover set up Cony’s first score, a 51-yard touchdown screen pass to Jonathan Saban with 7:52 left in the quarter.

Saban had three catches for 95 yards.

“We executed well,” Lucas said.

The Rams padded their lead about two minutes later when Lucas threw a 92-yard touchdown pass to Shostak on a post play that burned the Lewiston secondary.

Shostak, who called for the play, split two safeties, hauled in a dart from Lucas while in stride and raced untouched for the score.

“That was an all-time classic cover two beater,” Lucas said.

Lucas threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Carrier later in the quarter and the Rams were well on their way to another big victory.

Lucas also connected with Zach Lachance and Brandon St. Michel for touchdowns as well.

“I was in a good rhythm,” Lucas said. “We really want to host a playoff game and we’re getting close. It’s our goal now.”

Quintarian Brown led Lewiston (1-7) with 54 rushing yards on nine carries.

Bill Stewart — 621-5640

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