At Fitzpatrick Stadium, Portland


Windham (7-4) vs. Scarborough (9-1)

WHEN: 11:06 a.m.

SCARBOROUGH: The Red Storm are making their first trip to a Class A final and first championship-game appearance since winning Class B in 2002. They have a diverse and potent offense, averaging 48.3 points and more than 420 yards per game. Owen Garrard (1,119 yards, 20 TDs) is a power back with nimble feet. Jarett Flaker and Cody Dudley are big-play outside threats with 8 TDs each. QB Zoltan Panyi will run (509 yards, 6 TDs) and throw (61.2 percent completion rate, 1,290 yards, 18 TDs). Garrard and Reece Lagerquist have become a dominant linebacking duo. The defensive line is big and active, and the secondary, led by Jeremy Sendrowski and Jaquan Seme, can cover and play the run. In Week 6, Scarborough beat Windham, 66-7.

WINDHAM: The Class A champion in 2009 and runner-up in 2014, Windham has won four straight games, including a 42-6 trouncing of Portland in the North final. QB Tanner Bernier is the leading rusher with 569 yards. Stuart Salom, out because of injury in the first meeting with Scarborough, and powerful Treva Valliere (team-high 8 TD runs) are solid options. Bernier has thrown for about 700 yards but completed less than half of his passes. The Eagles must create turnovers, something they have shown they can do, and have their defensive line – led by Jared Labrecque and Connor McInnis – contain Garrard so everyone else can cover the outside. Windham is known for its special teams, but Scarborough K Liam McDonnell is as reliable as Windham K Liam McCusker, and Red Storm returner Flaker will discourage deep kickoffs.


Skowhegan (7-3) vs. Marshwood (11-0)

WHEN: 6:06 p.m.

MARSHWOOD: The Hawks are in their fourth Class B title game in six years under Coach Alex Rotsko. Most of the Hawks’ wins have been one-sided – like the season-opening 55-12 win at Skowhegan. But they have also won tight games at Kennebunk and in the South final against Falmouth, 31-28, on a late field goal by all-around contributor Max Horton. The health of Tommy Springer, who left last week’s game because of concussion-like symptoms, will be important. Springer is a dual-threat QB, with 15 TD passes and a 65 percent completion rate, and 611 yards and a team-high 12 TDs on the ground. Kyle Glidden (85 carries, 695 yards), inside runner Justin Bryant (99-668) and Joe Taran (32-568, 9 TDs) share the carries behind a big offensive line. Defensively, Marshwood will need its veteran secondary to communicate well and defensive linemen like sophomore Drew Gregor to provide pressure and get their hands up to slow Skowhegan’s quick passing offense.

SKOWHEGAN: A cold rain is in the forecast, but Skowhegan will keep throwing. Junior QB Marcus Christopher has completed 203 of 316 passes for 2,901 yards and 37 touchdowns against four interceptions. He has thrown one pick since Marshwood snared three of his passes in Week 1. Jon Bell (45 catches, 825 yards, 13 TDs), Cam Barnes (55 catches, 857 yards, 10 TDs) and Sean Savage (38 catches, 496 yards, 7 TDs) are the top targets. The explosive Bell is a threat as a returner and as a ball-hawking cornerback. The defense was porous for most of the season but is coming off an impressive shutout of Lawrence in the regional final, with LB Kobe Houghton and Savage at strong safety keying the improvement. Skowhegan forced three turnovers in each of its last two playoff wins.


Foxcroft Academy (8-2) vs. Wells (11-0)

WHEN: 2:36 p.m.

WELLS: The Warriors are on a 15-game winning streak, and trying to win back-to-back state titles after moving from Class C to D and graduating 19 contributing seniors from their 2016 team. The running game is perhaps even more dominant this year behind an offensive line led by senior center Sean McCormack-Kuhman. Nolan Potter, at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, is Mr. Inside with 207 carries for 1,390 yards and 26 touchdowns. Tyler Bridge, another big back at 6-3, 180 pounds, has the speed to be Mr. Outside, gaining 1,019 yards with 12 touchdowns on only 103 carries. Chad Fitzpatrick is a dangerous third option with 412 yards and five touchdowns. Senior Michael Wrigley is a savvy QB who seldom throws (39 attempts in 11 games) but has the arm to go deep. The defense is also stout, allowing 7.8 points per game. Over the last six games, that number falls to 6.2, and Wells has allowed only two first-half scores.

FOXCROFT: The Ponies moved from Class C to D this year and were the preseason favorites to win Class D North. Foxcroft’s last title came in Class C in 2012. The Ponies’ losses were to Class C North champ MCI and Madison/Carrabec, a regional finalist in Class D South. They have outscored three playoff opponents 114-0, with a defense led by DT Reggie Johnston, outside linebackers R.J. Nelson and Michaleb Niles, and inside linebackers Johnny Labree and Matt Spooner. Senior QB Nick Clawson, the starter since the second game of his sophomore season, is a power runner out of the shotgun (1,060 yards, 18 TDs) who can also throw (64 of 114, 1,126 yards, 14 TDs). Wells must be wary of receiver Hyatt Smith (31 catches, 688 yards, 11 TDs) and RB Niles (624 rushing yards). Kicker Levi Steadman has missed just two extra points and has made 3 of 4 field-goal attempts.

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