By Aaron Jackson
What a weekend for local sports! Tons of action going on across the state, and I’m guessing you were like me and were raking leaves. Have no fear! I’ll get you all caught up on what you need to know.
Maine Football: Winners of five straight, Maine looked like a team that would contend in the CAA and in the first half against Villanova that thought held true. Two missed chip shot field goals and a terrible late interception thrown by Dan Collins left the Black Bears with a 10-0 deficit. Certainly manageable for the cardiac kids, but Collins would throw four interceptions in the game, and the Wildcats of Villanova would cruise to a 26-7 victory. Coach Harasymiak and crew are likely on the outside looking in at the playoff picture if the season were to end today, and may have more questions than answers about their kicker and quarterback.
Maine Hockey: This Black Bear team also had heightened expectations almost immediately after a good start to the year, but faced their biggest test against Boston College. Portland fans were excited to get a game in their city. That excitement translated to a 6-1 loss and Saturday night felt a little better back at the Alfond, but a 3-2 loss counts just the same. Coach Red Gendron now sees his Maine hockey team 2 games under .500 on the season.
High School Playoffs: Class B: Brewer beat Cony, Brunswick beat Messalonskee. The Witches have been waiting for this rematch against Brunswick since they played this past regular season. These two teams also met in last year’s Class B North title game. Should be a good rematch in Brunswick.
Class C: Winslow beat Madison, avenging their only loss in the past few years. Meanwhile MDI continued their storybook season by beating Oceanside. Winslow will likely be the favorite considering their success over the past few years, but don’t sleep on the MDI Trojans.
Class D: MCI surprised no one by winning again, this time against a young Bucksport team. Dexter may have surprised a few people in their win against Orono, getting some payback against a team that beat them by 1 just a few weeks ago. Don’t be surprised when Dexter holds their own against the Huskies, and the Tigers will certainly travel well with a passionate fan base.
Husson Football: The team that somehow continues to fly under the radar did it again this past Saturday. Coach Gabby Price’s Eagles scored two fourth quarter touchdowns against a formidable Norwich team, earning them a 27-13 win. They also clinched an ECFC title thanks to Mt. Ida losing to SUNY Maritime. Husson will play that Mustangs team this coming Saturday at Mt. Ida, in their regular season finale. The Eagles are now 8-1 on the year.
Maine Basketball Teams: Women’s Basketball held a private scrimmage against Syracuse. Coach Barron said he saw flashes of brilliance from his team in the game.
I’m guessing Coach Bob Walsh can’t say the same for his men’s team. The Black Bears played UMaine Fort Kent in a preseason matchup that saw the Bengal Tigers score an 80 to 75 win. Most of the Black Bears starters played decent minutes, and it’s tough to tell exactly what a preseason game means, but that’s not a good sign for the upcoming season.
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