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Re: Notebook 2017:

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:09 am
by MBRer
SJ Head to Head: The boon and bane of byes

...I’m sure the Red Eddies welcomed it because it gave them a chance to push the reset button before their second season begins with Friday night’s game against Windham. The pressure of going undefeated had been building up to the last week of the season, and now that that’s gone, they can refocus on the task at hand. They also got to sit and stew in the loss to their rivals in Week 8, which will no doubt have them playing with a little angrier this week. The extra week also gives them the time to self-scout and correct whatever mistakes keep popping up. There may be a little rust to start their semifinal game, but I think the Eddies will shake that off quickly and play their best football of the season on Friday night.

The Blue Devils, on the other hand, played their best game of the regular season in the Battle of the Bridge, and maybe, at least to some degree, would have liked to keep that momentum going with a quarterfinal game. I’m not saying they would trade places with anyone else, because they no doubt have taken advantage of the break to get better, too. But the win over EL was as much a psychological and emotional boost for them as anything after the ups and downs they’ve had this season. Whether the week off makes them come out a little flat against Portland tonight remains to be seen.

http://www.sunjournal.com/head-to-head- ... e-of-byes/

Re: Notebook 2017:

PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:01 am
by Tom Nolette
SJ: The state of 'Local 14'

...So what do we make of our unplanned footballess fortnight? Besides chalking it up to the “everything goes in cycles” cliche?

While it doesn’t look good in a larger historical context, the overall long-term prognosis for the local programs (let’s call them Local 14) looks at least slightly better than it did at this time last year.

No, really.

Let’s start in Class A North, where Edward Little and Lewiston both reached the regional semifinals for the first time since 2008.

Yes, the fact that they were the top seeds and their season is over is disappointing, regardless of their conference’s proven parity. But the primary goal of both teams coming off playoff appearances in 2016 was to have a home playoff game and show that they are ready to challenge the Portland-area teams’ dominance of the region since it was formed in 2013.

Are they indeed poised for perennial contention in A North? To be honest, that hierarchy of Portland, Cheverus and Windham weren’t as strong in 2017 as they typically have been in recent years, so it’s impossible to say. One could argue playoff experience is what made the difference for Portland and Windham last Friday night, though, so that may be both programs’ next obstacle. The same can be said for Oxford Hills.

http://www.sunjournal.com/h-s-football- ... -local-14/

Re: Notebook 2017:

PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:38 am
by Tom Nolette
KJ football notebook 11/7:
- Gardiner coming through in the clutch. Tigers pull off big wins with late scores
- Brunswick, Winthrop/Monmouth evaluate seasons.

http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/11/06/ ... he-clutch/

Re: Notebook 2017:

PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:40 am
by Tom Nolette
MS football notebook 11/7 :
- Skowhegan and Lawrence resume playoff rivalry
Indians and Bulldogs kick off Friday night at Clark Field.
- Madison
- MCI

http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/11/06/ ... f-rivalry/

Re: Notebook 2017:

PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:59 am
by Tom Nolette
Cape, Scarborough football teams two wins from gold

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Aaron Filieo, Cape Elizabeth’s football coach since 2003, earned his 100th victory with the Capers last Friday when he led them to a 14-0 victory over Fryeburg Academy in a Class C South semifinal.

The Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth football teams took another step last weekend toward capturing a highly coveted Gold Ball, winning semifinal round playoff games at home, and now, the Capers and Red Storm will host regional finals Friday evening with a trip to the state final at stake.

Well-rested


Scarborough, ranked first in Class A South after a 7-1 regular season, earned a bye into last Friday’s semifinal round and made quick work of No. 5 Sanford, a team the Red Storm handled at home, 49-15, back on Sept. 8.

http://www.theforecaster.net/cape-scarb ... from-gold/

Re: Notebook 2017:

PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:02 am
by Tom Nolette
Falmouth a surprise regional finalist, Greely falls in semis

The 2017 high school football season lives on, for at least another week, thanks to a big upset victory by the Falmouth Yachtsmen Friday night.

Greely, meanwhile, wasn’t as fortunate, as its season came to an end.

Getting defensive
Falmouth went 6-2 in the regular season, largely on the back of a prolific offense, led by standout quarterback Jack Bryant. The Yachtsmen defense gave up its share of points, but entering play Friday, that unit had allowed a measly 14 points total in the last three outings and in the semifinals, the defense rose to the occasion again.

Falmouth, the No. 3 seed in Class B South, which opened the playoffs with a 48-8 home win over Westbrook in the quarterfinals, had the daunting task of visiting second-ranked Kennebunk Friday, a team which beat the visiting Yachtsmen in a shootout, 51-34, back on Sept. 15.

http://www.theforecaster.net/falmouth-a ... -in-semis/

Re: Notebook 2017:

PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:51 am
by Tom Nolette
KJ football notes 11/14:

- After breakthrough in present, Gardiner set up well for future
- Maranacook finishes off resurgent season in Class E
- Kents Hill plays under the lights.

http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/11/13/ ... or-future/