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Class C preview




Many people viewed Leavitt as the 2013 Class C champion before they even played a regular season game based on their Class B success. And while Leavitt’s run to the state champion was mostly one-sided, the gap between them and the rest of Class C should be narrowed as they graduated a large number of seniors last spring. Seniors who played important roles on a team that scored the second-most points and allowed the fewest points in all of Class C. Although time will show us what to expect from the Hornets, there are plenty of contenders coming into 2014 that have compelling reasons why they should earn consideration for the Golden Ball.

New coaches on the sideline will be seen in Gray-New Gloucester (Mark Renna), Hermon (Brad Deuring), Mountain Valley (Steve LaPointe), Old Town (Lance Cowan), Waterville (Matt Gilley), and Yarmouth (Jason Veilleux).

Games of interest in Class C
September 5th - Cape Elizabeth at Leavitt
September 19th - Winslow at Mount Desert Island
October 11th - Mount Desert Island at Waterville
October 18th - Waterville at Winslow
October 24th - Spruce Mountain at Leavitt

Winslow and Waterville still look to be the favorites of Eastern Class C. Winslow continues to find ways to win with an imposing ground game and a tough defense. Waterville’s offense was among the top in state. Now with a new head coach, Matt Gilley will be tasked with taking this team and bringing them back to the state championship for the first time in 20 years. Mount Desert Island has always been a good team but just haven’t been able to get over that hump. If Winslow or Waterville falters, MDI will be the team to move forward. Foxcroft Academy failed to advance to the semifinals for the first time in over a decade. A year in the new Class C has given them an opportunity to familiarize themselves with new opponents. Belfast, Old Town, Madison/Carrabec, and Hermon will all be competing for those final two playoff spots in the East. Old Town has a new coach and a renovated Victory Field. Hermon is trying to make the playoffs for the first time in their varsity program history and has nowhere to go up but after an 0-8 season. Belfast is still that team who finds a way to win and surprise people along the way. With Nokomis and Camden Hills ineligible for the playoffs, they’ll continue their build towards the next enrollment cycle.

Even with a graduating class that played a major role in their 2013 title and a rebuilding effort underway, Leavitt still has the talent to be a favorite in 2014. In the third year since the Jay/Livermore Falls school district merger, Spruce Mountain played up to their community’s expectations to bring the Gold Ball home. Cape Elizabeth is another team that’s been talked about as a favorite in Western Class C. Wells has dropped back a bit further in the third year removed from their 2011 Class B championship. Yarmouth earned some looks with one of the top defenses in Class C and may be a dark horse contender if Wells or Cape Elizabeth struggle. The final spot could come down to last year’s sixth place team Freeport, a Poland team that looks to be on the rise, Mountain Valley which has a new coach for the first time in the Falcons football program history, Lake Region which had one of the better years in the last few years, and Gray-New Gloucester led by new head coach Mark Renna.



Class D preview




When we last checked in with the revived Class D on November 23rd, 2013 it was Oak Hill proudly hoisting the Gold Ball as champions by defeating Bucksport 42-35. Since that time the conference will have some unique features compared to the other three conferences.

Two new teams will be added into the mix for the Eastern conference. Houlton received varsity sanctioning for 2014 after playing the last few years in the 8-man Aroostook Football League and a junior varsity schedule. With an odd number of teams in the LTC, it was agreed upon that Medomak Valley would be allowed to play non-countable varsity games this year. To accompany the odd number of teams, the conference will play their first 9-game schedule since 2007. However 8 of those games will be countable in the standings. Four teams will qualify for the playoffs.

Meanwhile in the West Sacopee Valley announced that they would drop their varsity football program for 2014 due to low enrollment numbers. To try and continue having football for those kids that stayed on, an agreement was reached where they would continue to play their planned schedule but it would not be countable in the standings. The coaches agreed to keep the schedule as it was created, meaning that every team would continue to play 8 games in the regular season. However everyone but Oak Hill would only get seven countable games in the standings and Oak Hill would have eight countable games. Their playoff structure would remain unchanged – eight teams would still qualify for the Western Class D playoffs.

New coaches on the sideline will be seen in Dirigo (Jim Hersom), Stearns (John Jarmo), and Winthrop/Monmouth (Dave St. Hilaire).

Games of interest in Class D
September 6th - Winthrop/Monmouth at Lisbon (playing in Brunswick)
September 13th - Dirigo at Oak Hill
September 19th - Bucksport at Maine Central Institute
September 26th - Oak Hill at Winthrop/Monmouth
October 17th - Lisbon at Dirigo

Bucksport still looks to be the top team in the East and that speaks to the depth in the community. Maine Central Institute and Mattanawcook were pleasant surprises and 2013 and we’ll be interested in seeing if they can keep up that form. After that it’ll be up to someone else to step up into that fourth place void. Orono has been on the cusp of breaking out. With only four teams making the Eastern D playoffs no one will be able to ease in. John Bapst, Dexter, Washington Academy, Mount View, and Houlton will be in the battle to try to unseat Orono from the final playoff spot. Ellsworth/Sumner meanwhile will still be trying to earn their first varsity victory and Medomak Valley will dip their toes into the LTC pool in preparation for a likely varsity schedule in 2015.

Despite a few minor changes, the West looks to be unchanged from last year. Oak Hill’s title victory was the culmination of lots of hard work and a dedication to the football program by the community. And they still look to be amongst the favorites to win the title. Winthrop/Monmouth had quite the run with an undefeated regular season before their season ended prematurely against Dirigo. They proved the co-op teams work and can succeed. Now people will look to see if Dave St. Hilaire can build upon Joel Stoneton’s work from the previous year. Speaking of Dirigo, they’ve gone under the radar the past two years yet appeared in the regional final featuring one of the stingiest defenses in their class. Lisbon is getting attention for a strong senior class. Boothbay, Maranacook, Old Orchard Beach, Telstar, Traip Academy will be contenders for being the lone team out of the playoffs.


 

State football previews


Over the next week we'll be compiling pre-season predictions from various media outlets. If you should find any reports that aren't listed, please feel free to email it to us at mainefootball@ymail.com


WCSH
http://usatodayhss.com/2014/08/30/2014-usathss-fifth-quarter-preview-show/


WMTW
Class D - http://www.wmtw.com/blitz-8/the-blitz-8-preseason-show-class-d-preview/27780666#!bL7uie
Class C - http://www.wmtw.com/blitz-8/blitz-8-high-school-football-preview-show/27780782#!bL67ur
Class B - http://www.wmtw.com/blitz-8/blitz-8-high-school-football-preview-show-segment-3/27780706#!bL7amL
Class A - http://www.wmtw.com/blitz-8/blitz-8-high-school-football-preview-show-class-a/27780820#!bL7dzw


Seacoast Online
Marshwood - http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20140827-SPORTS-408270364
Traip Academy - http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20140830-SPORTS-140839989


Press Herald
Class A - http://www.pressherald.com/2014/08/31/class-a-football-overview-enjoy-last-season-youll-love-2014/
Class B - http://www.pressherald.com/2014/08/31/class-b-football-preview-marshwood-favored-but-challenges-loom/
Class C - http://www.pressherald.com/2014/08/31/class-c-football-preview-leavitt-loses-lots-of-players-but-games-may-be-another-matter/
Class D - http://www.pressherald.com/2014/08/31/class-d-defending-state-champ-oak-hill-likely-to-return/


The Forecaster
Cape Elizabeth - http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2014/09/01/cape-elizabeth-capers-fall-sports-preview/208470
Cheverus - http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2014/09/01/cheverus-stags-fall-sports-preview/208146
Deering - http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2014/09/01/deering-rams-fall-sports-preview/208169
Falmouth - http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2014/09/01/falmouth-yachtsmen-fall-sports-preview/208321
Freeport - http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2014/09/01/freeport-falcons-fall-sports-preview/208360
Greely - http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2014/09/01/greely-rangers-fall-sports-preview/208380
Portland - http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2014/09/01/portland-bulldogs-fall-sports-preview/208198
Scarborough - http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2014/09/01/scarborough-red-storm-fall-sports-preview/208508
South Portland - http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2014/09/01/south-portland-red-riots-fall-sports-preview/208529
Yarmouth - http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2014/09/01/yarmouth-clippers-fall-sports-preview/208441


Sun Journal


Central Maine


Eastern Maine Sports Blog
Gardiner - http://www.examiner.com/article/gardiner-high-school-2014-football-preview
Mount View - http://www.examiner.com/article/mount-view-high-school-2014-football-preview
Madison/Carrabec - http://www.examiner.com/article/madison-high-school-2014-football-preview


Bangor Daily News
Eastern Class D - http://bangordailynews.com/2014/09/01/sports/bucksport-mci-mattanawcook-among-top-contenders-for-ltc-football-crown/


 

 
 

 


Week 1 schedule

Friday,  Sep 5
Class A
Biddeford Tigers @ Bonny Eagle Scots 7:00pm Bonny Eagle HS Field
Lewiston Blue Devils @ Oxford Hills Vikings 7:00pm Gouin Complex
Windham Eagles @ Deering Rams 7:00pm Memorial Field (Portland)
Sanford Spartans @ Scarborough Red Storm 7:00pm Mitchell Sports Complex
Bangor Rams @ Edward Little Red Eddies 7:00pm Walton Field
Massabesic Mustangs @ Noble Knights 7:00pm William R. Bourbon Stadium
Class B
Messalonskee Eagles @ Cony Rams 7:00pm Alumni Field (Augusta)
Brewer Witches @ Brunswick Dragons 7:00pm Brunswick HS Field
Falmouth Yachtsmen @ Gorham Rams 7:00pm Gorham Athletic Field
Lawrence Bulldogs @ Gardiner Tigers 7:00pm Hoch Field
Greely Rangers @ Marshwood Hawks 7:00pm Marshwood HS Field
Oceanside Mariners @ Morse Shipbuilders 7:00pm McMann Field
Skowhegan Indians @ Mt. Ararat Eagles 7:00pm Mt. Ararat HS Field
Mt. Blue Cougars @ Hampden Academy Broncos 7:00pm Weatherbee Complex
Westbrook Blue Blazes @ York Wildcats 7:00pm York HS Field
Class C
Poland Knights @ Lake Region Lakers 7:00pm Art Kilborn Athletic Complex
Hermon Hawks @ Belfast Lions 7:00pm Dennis Bryant Field
Freeport Falcons @ Spruce Mountain Phoenix 7:00pm Griffin Field
Cape Elizabeth Capers @ Leavitt Hornets 7:00pm Libby Field
Yarmouth Clippers @ Gray-New Gloucester Patriots 7:00pm Myles Burbank Memorial Field
Mountain Valley Falcons @ Wells Warriors 7:00pm Warrior Memorial Field
Class D
Mattanawcook Academy Lynx @ Stearns Minutemen 7:00pm Alumni Field (Millinocket)
Washington Academy Raiders @ Bucksport Golden Bucks 7:00pm Carmichael Field
Maine Central Institute Huskies @ Ellsworth/Sumner Eagles 7:00pm Ellsworth HS Field
Maranacook Black Bears @ Dirigo Cougars 7:00pm Harlow Park
Houlton Shiretowners @ Orono Red Riots 7:00pm Orono HS Field
Sacopee Valley Hawks @ Boothbay Seahawks 7:00pm Sherman Field
Saturday,  Sep 6
Class A
Portland Bulldogs @ Cheverus Stags 12:30pm Boulos Stadium
South Portland Red Riots @ Thornton Academy Golden Trojans 1:30pm Hill Stadium
Class B
Kennebunk Rams @ Fryeburg Academy Raiders 1:30pm Fryeburg Academy Field
Class C
Old Town Coyotes @ Camden Hills Windjammers 1:00pm Don Palmer Field
Foxcroft Academy Ponies @ Waterville Purple Panthers 1:00pm Drummond Field
Mount Desert Island Trojans @ Nokomis Warriors 1:00pm Nokomis Regional HS Field
Madison/Carrabec Bulldogs @ Winslow Black Raiders 1:00pm Poulin Field
Class D
Medomak Valley Panthers @ Dexter Tigers 1:00pm Tiger Field
Winthrop/Monmouth Ramblers @ Lisbon Greyhounds 1:30pm Brunswick HS Field
Old Orchard Beach Seagulls @ Traip Academy Rangers 1:30pm Memorial Field (Kittery)
Telstar Rebels @ Oak Hill Raiders 1:30pm Oak Hill HS Field

For a complete schedule listing, click here!


Upcoming Events

Friday,  Sep 5
First Countable Game (After 3:00pm)
Week 1
Saturday,  Sep 6
Week 1
Friday,  Sep 12
Week 2
Saturday,  Sep 13
Week 2

For a complete calendar listing, click here!




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