AUGUSTA — On Friday night at Alumni Field, old-fashioned beat brand new.

Operating out of the Wing-T offense, Messalonskee put on a running clinic at Cony. The Eagles ran for 562 yards, grinding away the Rams for a 46-14 victory in a Pine Tree Conference Class B game.

“We knew we could run on these guys,” Messalonskee halfback Colby Dexter said. “I can’t wait to see where (the season) goes.”

Dexter ran for 192 yards and four touchdowns. Fullback Austin Pelletier added 192 yards and a touchdown, while Tyler Lewis had 90 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles.

It was a close game until two big plays early in the third quarter. Down 20-14, Cony had first and goal at the Messalonskee 10-yard line. Then, Dexter picked off a Taylor Heath pass at the 2.

“Coach might get mad at me, but I wasn’t on my man,” Dexter said. “I saw Jordan Roddy coming across and I went. It hit me right in the numbers.”

Three plays later, Dexter went 95 yards for a touchdown, breaking down the right sideline and following a key block from guard Chase Borssen. The score gave Messalonskee a 26-14 lead.

“I saw the edge was sealed. Chase Borssen sealed it right off,” Dexter said.

Added Messalonskee coach Brad Bishop: “We pulled both guards on that play. That was a thing of beauty, I think. One of the best plays I’ve seen in all my years of coaching.”

From there, Cony couldn’t contain the Eagles run game. Dexter added a 5-yard touchdown run to push Messalonskee’s lead to 34-14 with 3:53 left in the third, and his 17-yard touchdown run with 6:39 left in the game made it 40-14.

“It’s 20-14, we have the ball on the 10, and we throw a pick. All of a sudden, the field’s tilted and we couldn’t stop them,” Cony coach B.L. Lippert said. “We didn’t have an answer.”

Both Cony touchdowns came on passes from Taylor Heath to Roddy. The first, a 14-yard connection with 20 seconds left in the first quarter, tied the game at 7-7. The second, for 10 yards, knotted the score at 10-10 with 3:51 left in the second.

Roddy had nine catches for 93 yards.

Pelletier had a 50-yard touchdown run negated by a penalty in the final minute of the first half, keeping Messalonskee’s halftime lead six points.

“I think we left a lot of points on the board, to tell you the truth.” Bishop said.

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