WINSLOW — The Winslow High School football team knew Old Town would use some offensive formations the Black Raiders hadn’t seen this season. On Saturday afternoon, it didn’t matter how the Coyotes lined up. Against Winslow’s first team defense, Old Town wasn’t going to move the ball.

“We just wanted to shut them down, really. They ran some quads (four receivers to one side) and some trips, and I think we worked hard in practice,” Winslow defensive back Dylan Hutchinson said.

In a rematch of last season’s Big Ten Conference championship game, this one was all Winslow. The Black Raiders held Old Town to 21 yards in the first half, taking a 55-16 conference quarterfinal win.

The two-time defending Class C state champion, No. 3 Winslow (8-1) will play at No. 2 Madison (7-1) in the semifinals. Madison snapped Winslow’s 25-game undefeated streak on Sept. 23. No. 6 Old Town ends the season 4-5.

Big plays on defense and special teams are what sparked the Black Raiders. Winslow took a 6-0 lead when Hutchinson caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Gagnon midway through the first quarter. After Gagnon’s kickoff pinned the Coyotes inside their own 5, Dimitrios Bailis sacked Old Town quarterback Hunter Brasslett in the end zone for a safety. Hutchinson returned the ensuing free kick 64 yards for a touchdown, and Winslow had a 15-0 lead.

“Everyone did really good blocking. I knew from last game, there were some openings. We saw it on film. I just took advantage of it,” said Hutchinson, who also had a 53-yard punt return to set up a Winslow touchdown early in the second quarter.

The Black Raiders made it 22-0 when Ryan Fredette blocked an Ethan Stoddard punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown with 3:52 left in the first quarter.

“Special teams in the first half were really good. I thought that Ryan Gagnon’s kickoffs were excellent,” Winslow coach Mike Siviski said. “They were deep, and we trapped them. We had good field position and we did something with it.”

Linebacker Patrick Hopkins and defensive lineman Cameron Morrison each had an interception for Winslow, which added touchdown runs by Kenny Rickard, Hopkins and Nate St. Amand in the second quarter to take a 43-0 halftime lead. Fredette added a 42-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to push the Black Raiders lead to 49-0.

“Defense was really solid. We’re pleased. It’s a nice team result,” Siviski said.

Stoddard (12 carries for 54 yards) scored a pair of touchdowns on runs of 4 and 18 yards in the second half to account for Old Town’s scoring. Tyler Crayton caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Colby Pomeroy on the first play of the fourth quarter for Winslow’s final touchdown.

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