Two of the hottest Class A teams will play tonight in Standish. Winners of four straight after 0-3 starts, Windham and Bonny Eagle square off in the final weekend of the regular season with a chance to improve their playoff rankings.

Ranked highly in preseason polls, both teams stumbled. Tough early games, inexperience and needed time to develop were all contributing factors.

But all that’s in the past. With a fifth straight win, one team will carry momentum into next week’s Western Class A playoffs.

Windham’s four straight wins have come against Kennebunk, Portland, Massabesic and South Portland. Bonny Eagle’s streak has been against Scarborough, Biddeford, Gorham and Deer-ing.

“The seniors have really stepped up and provided strong leadership,” said Windham Coach Matt Perkins.

The Eagles made some position moves that have helped. One was playing tackle Jordan Lindsay solely on defense and not both ways.

“He’s been one of the most dominant players on the field,” said Perkins.

The Eagles know they will have their hands full with Bonny Eagle.

“Bonny Eagle is very good,” said Perkins. “They’re similar to us. They’re a power team with some good playmakers and receivers. They do a lot of nice things. We’re going to have to play sound defense.”

For Bonny Eagle, the emergence of junior quarterback Tyson Goodale has been huge. He hadn’t played a varsity game at quarterback until this season. Last week he scored five touchdowns against Deering.

According to Perkins, the winner will finish fourth in the Crabtree standings, provided Cheverus beats Deering. The loser will go seventh.

TRAIP ACADEMY in Kittery has brought portable lights to Memorial Field for the first home night football game in school history.

The Rangers (5-2) will meet Sacopee Valley (0-7) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The school started the process of installing lights 10 years ago. The community raised $30,000 but the project stalled because of budget constraints. Now they feel is the time to restart it.

Athletic Director Mike Roberge feels the night game will “reinvigorate fundraising.” He said the initial fundraising money is still available.

Roberge said $80,000 will be needed for materials. People in the community are willing to offer expertise to erect the lights, he said.

“Through dedicated citizens and merchants we were able to raise the money 10 years ago,” said Roberge.

Two weeks ago, St. Thomas Aquinas High in nearby Dover, N.H., had portable lights for its first night football game.

“When we heard that St. Thomas did it we started thinking about it. St. Thomas had its largest crowd ever. We’re piggybacking off that effort. We did a test run last Friday with four portable light stands. We feel eight stands will provide the appropriate light. “

Roberge sees night football as an added revenue source for the athletic department and town. Traip’s soccer and field hockey teams also could play at night.

WELLS QUARTERBACK Paul McDonough was held out of last week’s game at Lake Region. McDonough was outstanding in the victory against Mountain Valley, throwing two touchdown passes and running for another, but took some shots from the hard-hitting Falcons.

Coach Tim Roche wouldn’t disclose McDonough’s injury but said McDonough could be ready to play against York at home tonight.

Wells (7-0) has to beat the Wildcats to clinch the No. 1 playoff ranking ahead of the Cape Elizabeth-Mountain Valley winner.

“The playoffs should offer some good matchups,” said Roche.

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