Kennebunk ready for first regional final since '99

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KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - In their first ten games of the season, the Kennebunk football team has won in all ways: from blowouts to grinds to last-second comebacks.  Their reward for being 10-0, their first Western Maine final since 1999. 

"It feels good to have a good team back here, especially for Coach Rafferty. We can't tell he's excited. All the guys here are excited about it," said senior receiver and defensive back Larson Coppinger.

In head coach Joe Rafferty's 35th season, the lone unbeaten during the Class 'B' regular season needed a last-second field goal to survive a near upset by Westbrook in their Western Maine semifinal. 

Senior quarterback and linebacker Nick Emmons felt the Rams were fortunate to survive, but also knew it wouldn't be easy to get to this point. 

He said, "We've been working toward one goal and that's a state championship and I think that working hard during the preseason really helped us and game to game we just kept focus."

The belief for a big 2013 season began at the end of the 2012, when Kennebunk as the seventh seed in Class 'A' West hung  with the eventual state champs Thornton Academy a 42-34 regional quarterfinal loss. 

"It started last year with the playoff game against Thornton and then at the beginning of camp we all felt really good about it," said senior running back and linebacker Nicco DeLorenzo. 

Up next for Kennebunk is are the reigning Class 'B' West champs Marshwood.  The Rams won their head-to-head matchup back in week four by a 21-14 final. 

"All eyes are on you now and the weather says it's going to be a great day, so I think it's going to be a perfect fall afternoon," Rafferty said. 

The head coach's lone state championship was 13-12 triumph over Old Town in the 1991 Class 'B' title game. 

Kickoff between Kennebunk and Marshwood is set for 12:30 p.m. from Veteran's Memorial Stadium in Kennebunk. 

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