Questions, Answers Abound as High School Football Nears Halfway Mark

Just a few random thoughts this week as the high school football regular season enters its halfway point:

I’ve spent some time in thought over the past week as to why I love the high school football season so much.  To be honest, basketball is my first love, but there is something special about football season.  I just love that cool, crisp air.  Summer is vastly overrated in my book.  Football is an event.  Unlike baseball, where teams play three to four games a week, teams only play once a week in football.  The games, especially when a big rival comes to town are a big deal.

Football is one of the last sports in which the local high school program and community feeder systems are all there is.  When the season is over, it’s tout finite.  There are no elite, select, AAU type, travel events to move on to.  There is a cruel finality following the final game of the season, hence why the games mean so much.

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When was the last time storied programs Bangor and Lawrence started a season 0-3 in the same season, if ever?

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Of course the big game in the LTC Class D ranks this week has Mattanawcook Academy traveling to Pittsfield to face MCI Friday night.  Another key contest of note has Houlton making the long, and I mean long trip to Waldoboro to face Medomak Valley.  Houlton in their second varsity season is looking like a solid playoff team while Medomak is off to a 3-0 start.  Medomak Valley is playing down an enrollment class this year as well as the following season so is not eligible for postseason play.  Should be a good one.

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Through three weeks, a separation from the halves and have nots has occurred throughout most of the states classes.  Perhaps the most competitive division is Class B North.  A key match-up takes place Friday night in Skowhegan as the Indians play host to the Brewer Witches.  Brewer picked up a signature win in week 2, travelling to Farmington to face a much improved Mt. Blue squad.  Skowhegan is off to a 3-0 start, having missed the playoffs a year ago.  This game could go a long way in determining how strong this Indians team is.  Their first three opponents are still in search of their first victory.

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The Class C North division has also been competitive thus far.  Winslow has established itself as the team to beat although received a stiff test in Bar Harbor against a stout MDI squad last Friday night.  Old Town is also another squad having a break through season and are off to a 3-0 start, after having won only 2 games all of last season..  The Coyotes do not face the Black Raiders in the regular season.

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Now that fall is officially here, get out and enjoy watching your favorite teams.

Bob Beatham

About Bob Beatham

Bob, a lifelong Bangor resident, has just completed his 21st season as the Public Address Announcer at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. Bob is also the public address voice for John Bapst Crusader football. He also currently serves as the scorekeeper for John Bapst basketball. Bob is an avid follower of Maine high school athletics, particularly football and basketball. The University of Maine at Farmington graduate is the service coordinator at Aging Excellence, which provides in-home care for seniors..