Saturday, April 19, 2014
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alex Bandouveres, Brunswick: The junior fullback gained 172 yards and scored five touchdowns as the Dragons beat Cony 54-38 in a showdown of unbeaten teams in Eastern Class B. Bandouveres scored on two runs of 4 yards along with runs of 11, 16 and 9 yards
Jordan Talbot, Portland: Talbot, a junior quarterback, passed for four touchdowns, of 2, 19, 8 and 26 yards, in the Bulldogs' 45-7 victory against Edward Little.
Luc Blanchette, Marshwood: Blanchette, a junior quarterback, scored three touchdowns in the first half to lead the Hawks to a 33-0 win over Westbrook. Blanchette rushed for 100 yards and threw for 53.
Conner Hanley, Greely: Hanley caught two touchdown passes, and added two on punt and interception returns as the Rangers defeated winless Gorham, 69-3.
After opening with losses to Westbrook and Kennebunk, York beat Falmouth last Friday night, 34-0. Now come the Cougars, who are coming off a 49-41 loss to Messalonskee.
"Mt. Blue likes to run screens, traps and put the ball in the air," said Small. "They throw everything at you."
With a young team entering the season, Small knew his players were going to encounter bumps starting out.
"I have to be patient with this team. They're still learning," he said.
Small said his team is healthy for this game.
"Reclassification brings new matchups but it also rekindles old ones," said Welch, who was thinking about York's game against Marshwood.
Other interesting crossover games that have happened or will happen are Bangor at Scarborough, which was also a first-time meeting, Marshwood at Messalonskee, Cheverus at Bangor and Cony at Greely.
The schedule was made with the intent to preserve rivalries in the final weekend of the season, which is Oct. 25-26.
Classics such as Portland-South Portland, Biddeford-Thornton Academy, Lewiston-Edward Little, Cony-Gardiner, Marshwood-York and Winslow-Waterville are still on the docket.
HIGHLIGHTING THE fourth weekend of the high school fooball season will be two Friday night games involving undefeated opponents.
In a game for the top spot in Western Class B, Marshwood, the defending regional champion, plays at Kennebunk.
Both teams have numerous players back from a year ago. Kennebunk made the playoffs in Western Class A a year ago and lost to the eventual state champion, Thornton Academy, in the regional quarterfinals.
Marshwood lost to Mt. Blue 44-42 in the state final.
In the other game involving unbeaten teams, Cheverus plays at Windham for the top spot in Eastern Class A. Those teams, with Portland and Deering, were moved to Eastern Maine so both regions would have eight teams. Through three games the Stags are the highest-scoring team in Class A with 156 points and the second-stingiest, allowing 33.
Windham entered the season with several unknowns because of inexperience. The Eagles have adjusted well while getting contributions from several players on offense.
This game will be Windham's biggest test of the season.
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