We’ve reached the halfway point of the high school football regular season. Four games down, and four games to go for most teams in Maine.
With that being the case, several contenders are starting to push forward, leaving the pretenders behind. So, who should you be looking out for in November? Here’s who…..
When are we going to stop the nonsense of split north/south divisions in Class A? The two best teams in the state are Scarborough and Thornton Academy. The next best team is Bonny Eagle, and then, maybe Sanford. Notice something? I haven’t mentioned a “northern” school yet like Portland or Oxford Hills. The disparity is real. Who wins the South, wins Class A, and it won’t be close.
Broken record. Kennebunk and Marshwood are the class of Class B. Biddeford, and then, probably Falmouth. Again, no northern school to talk about. Skowheagn is 2-2 and in first place, and Marshwood beat them by 35 on Friday. Brunswick and Cony will be in the mix too, but much like weather being better in the south, so is Class B Football this year.
Now we start talking about the north. The experts all love Leavitt and perhaps, Gardiner, who at the time of writing is in first place in Southern C. But in the north, you have defending champ MCI, Hermon, Medomak, and a little team known as Winslow. They live by the old Ric Flair line, “to be the man, you gotta beat the man.” Winslow is good, but may get beat. I wouldn’t bet against the Huskies. Four straight state game appearances across Class C and D, two wins, and a really nice program.
Call me a homer, but the proof is in the pudding. Foxcroft Academy is the team to beat in Northern Maine D. Bucksport and Mattanawcook have both given the Ponies real tests in back to back weeks, but Foxcroft is still 4-0. With that said, the best team in D is the defending champ, Wells (South D). They have this combination of speed, power, and size. I’ve heard that’s a good thing in football. Lisbon will pose a threat, but look for the Warriors to come out of the south. Maybe a Wells/FA rematch at UMaine in November? Time will tell.
Catch Toby on NewsCenter Maine’s Friday Night 5th Quarter program, one of several statewide “experts” this year, Friday nights at 11:15pm on WLBZ-2 in Bangor and WCSH-6 in Portland.