1. Wells: A large turnout, coupled with the fact the Warriors can still taste their Class B state title of two seasons ago, should make them a strong team in their new class, Class C. The team is led by Jake Moody, one of the most versatile players in Western Maine. Mike Curtis anchors the line and on defense at linebacker. The team is young with 26 freshmen. The program’s goal is always the same — win a state title.

 

2. Yarmouth: The Clippers should bounce back from a losing season with the potential to be one of the better teams in Class C. Brady Neujahr starts his fourth season at quarterback. He played on championship teams his first two seasons. Yarmouth expects to throw the ball more and has a fleet corps of receivers. The line could be a question mark, but Nate Shields-Auble is a proven player at tackle and tight end.

 

3. Old Orchard Beach: The Seagulls have one of the top ballcarriers in Class D in Joe Gildard. Bryan Roberts is a pass-run threat at quarterback. The team has other running options. The Seagulls are making the move from Class C to Class D.

 

4. Traip Academy: The Rangers are looking to rebuild after graduating 12 seniors from a playoff team. The Class D team is young but has talent, particularly the freshman class. Chris Czachor is one of the top quarterbacks in Western Maine. He passed for 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

 

5. Lisbon: The Greyhounds are led by Quincy Thompson, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. Along with his running, he is a pass-catching threat as well. The team has a talented quarterback in Kyle Bourget, who passed for 500 yards as a sophomore. The move to Class D could make Lisbon a title contender.

 

– Tom Chard, Staff Writer