September 4, 2013

High School Football Preview: Their Class D delight

The last time Maine high school football had a Class D, Old Orchard Beach won a title game that still stirs the community.

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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Now he’s the athletic director, but in 1986 Jack Trull was the football coach who directed Old Orchard Beach High to the Class D state title in the division’s final season before this year.

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The 1986 program shows it was an Old Orchard-Madison state final.

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Overall previews for high school sports begin this week, as follows:

Wednesday: Class C & D football

Thursday: Class B football

Friday: Class A football

Monday, Sept. 9: Field hockey

Tuesday, Sept. 10: Boys’ soccer

Wednesday, Sept. 11: Girls’ soccer

Thursday, Sept. 12: Cross country

Monday, Sept. 16: Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 17: Golf


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Friday: Cheverus at Portland

Saturday: York at Westbrook

Sept. 12: Portland at Deering

Sept. 13: Bangor at Scarborough

Sept. 14: Lewiston at Cheverus


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OOB went on to win two more state championships, both in Class C, in 1990 and 1993.

"I think that win in 1986 meant more than we realized at the time," said Trull. "For all the teams that played prior to it, it verified something for them."


Neither Plante nor Chretien have mentioned the 1986 Class D title to their players this preseason. They don't need to.

"We all know about it," said Joey Gildard, a senior running back. "The trophy's in the case."

Plante thinks about winning the championship, of course. It's every team's goal at the start of the season. But playing in Class D, against schools of similar size, gives the Seagulls a better chance.

"It gives us a chance to compete against every team we play," said Chretien.

More than that, said Plante, it gives the smaller schools a chance to compete every year. They will no longer be going up against schools with enrollments double their size. Their rosters will be relatively the same size.

"To be honest, in the short term (playing in Class D) will have little impact because we are playing a lot of the same schools we played last year," he said. "But in the long term it allows the small schools to be protected."

Trull looks at the new class designations differently than others.

"I don't really think we added a D," he said. "We added something in the middle; all we did was push the letters down.

"But these small schools have to play each other. It's a survival thing for them."

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Dean Plante, who was a member of that 1986 championship team, now directs the football program at Old Orchard Beach, and hopes his players can produce the same kind of memories in the state’s return to a Class D division.

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Jack Trull was coming off a loss in the 1985 state final with Old Orchard Beach, and in 1986 had the Seagulls primed to go all the way.

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