Western Maine

WHO: Wells (9-1) vs. Mtn. Valley (10-0)

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. today

WHERE: Hosmer Field, Rumford

TO GET HERE: Wells defeated Cape Elizabeth, 47-7. Mountain Valley beat Falmouth, 43-6.

FOR WELLS: The Warriors get contributions from a lot of people. As a team, they have rushed for more than 2,600 yards, led by Chad Whitten, with just over 800 yards. J.T. Sherburne, Louis DiTomasso, Michael Moats and quarterback Paul McDonough share the other duties. McDonough is most dangerous on the move and has thrown for nearly 600 yards. Defensively, the Warriors are strong up front with Alex Robinson and Josh Ingalls (eight sacks) leading the way.

FOR MOUNTAIN VALLEY: The Falcons win by forcing turnovers and capitalizing on them. They swarm the ball on defense and special teams, forcing mistakes. Taylor Bradley leads the team with 1,013 yards rushing, and quarterback Cam Kaubris has thrown for 729 yards and nine TDs. Christian Durland leads the team in tackles.

Eastern Maine

WHO: Gardiner (8-2) vs. Leavitt (10-0)

WHEN: 4 p.m. today

WHERE: Leavitt High School, Turner

TO GET HERE: Gardiner beat Mt. Desert Island 42-22 and Hampden Academy, 28-25. Leavitt beat Morse 52-8 and Belfast, 31-8.

FOR GARDINER: The Tigers have lost their last three games to Leavitt, including last year’s regional title game. This is a team that loves to run the ball. In last week’s comeback victory against Hampden, the Tigers threw just one pass. Alonzo Connor is the lead back with 30 touchdowns on the season, including four last week.

FOR LEAVITT: The defending state champion Hornets have won 22 consecutive games. Like Gardiner, they like to run the ball first. Last week, quarterback Jordan Hersom rushed for 163 yards but also threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Lucas Witham. Jack Ouellette rushed for two touchdowns and 127 yards last week.

 

– Mike Lowe