October 14, 2012

Eastern Maine Notebook: Foxcroft Academy loses, and Eastern C is up for grabs

By DALE DUFF Special to the Telegram

The Foxcroft Academy football team was simply dominant for six weeks in Eastern Class C, outscoring opponents 322-8.

Friday night's game at Bucksport may have changed everything in the league with the playoffs just a couple of weeks away.

Bucksport's 13-0 victory against Foxcroft gives other teams hope.

"In many ways it's great for the league," said Orono High Athletic Director Mike Archer. "Statistically, what Foxcroft was doing was (making them) arguably the most dominant team in league history. Now that changes."

What also changed is the race for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Foxcroft no longer has a stranglehold on the top spot in the Crabtree standings because John Bapst and Orono are also 6-1.

Going into the last week of the season, Foxcroft is tied for second with Orono, two points behind John Bapst. Orono, which finishes its regular season Thursday night against John Bapst at the University of Maine, can't finish ahead of Foxcroft unless the Ponies loss their finale at home Friday night against Mattanawcook Academy (2-5).

But John Bapst would be very much alive for No. 1 if it beats Orono.

So is Foxcroft now vunerable? Perhaps.

"It gives kids on other teams a chance, a chance to say 'Hey, they're not unbeatable,' " said Archer. "Sometimes that's all kids need."

As for the other playoff positions in Eastern Class C, Bucksport (5-2) has the inside track for the No. 4 seed, and Dexter (5-2) and Hermon (5-2) also have clinched.

Stearns (3-4) and Washington Academy (3-4) are likely to claim the final two spots, barring an upset by Mattanawcook against Foxcroft.

FIELD HOCKEY: Dexter is the No. 1 seed in Eastern Class C after a dominating regular season (13-1). The Tigers outscored their opponents 68-6, and the one loss was to Class B Foxcroft Academy. It was an interesting start to the season -- Kylie Damon was named coach just days before practices started after Kristy Veazie resigned.

GIRLS' SOCCER: Central senior Max McHugh scored her 100th career goal this week. Last fall, McHugh scored the overtime goal that gave Central a 2-1 win over St. Dom's 2-1 for the Class C state title. McHugh also hit two late free throws back in March, when Central came from behind to beat Hall-Dale for the Class C basketball championship.

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