Bonny Eagle’s second half surge denies Portland’s title bid

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Portland junior Griffin Foley leaps to make a catch as Bonny Eagle senior Cam Theberge defends during the teams’ Class A state final Saturday. The Scots pulled away in the second half to beat the Bulldogs, 34-14.

Mike Strout photos.

More photos below.

BOX SCORE

Class A State Final
@ Fitzpatrick Stadium, Portland
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
52 degrees, 6 mph wind

Bonny Eagle 34 Portland 14

P- 7 0 0 7- 14
BE- 0 6 13 15- 34

First quarter
P- Foley 32 pass from Bachelder (Clarke kick)

Second quarter
BE- Day 4 run (rush failed)

Third quarter
BE- Menard 13 pass from Day (Napolitano kick)
BE- Sprague 1 run (kick blocked)

Fourth quarter
P- Bachelder 1 run (Clarke kick)
BE- Thorne 27 run (Theberge rush)
BE- Thorne 2 run (Napolitano kick)

PORTLAND—For a quarter, the dream glistened.

For a half, it thrived.

Even into the fourth period, it lived, but ultimately, Portland’s football team wasn’t able to deny preseason favorite Bonny Eagle in the Class A state final Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

The Bulldogs, one year removed from a painful state game loss to Thornton Academy, controlled most of the first half, but couldn’t open up a healthy lead and in time, the powerhouse Scots hit their offensive stride and fulfilled their destiny as the state’s best big class team for the sixth time in 13 seasons.

Portland’s defense smothered Bonny Eagle early and with 6 minutes, 20 seconds to play in the first period, the Bulldogs struck first, as senior quarterback Issiah Bachelder hit junior Griffin Foley with a 32-yard touchdown strike for a 7-0 lead.

Portland then had a golden opportunity to extend its lead, as after a timely sack from senior standout Dylan Bolduc, a 16-yard Scots’ punt set the Bulldogs up at the Bonny Eagle 19, but momentum turned as Portland couldn’t gain a single yard and the score remained 7-0 after one quarter.

Then, late in the first half, after an interception from junior Kordell Menard, the Scots got their offense in gear and with 58.4 seconds remaining before halftime, senior quarterback Cam Day willed his way into the end zone from 4 yards out. Bonny Eagle wasn’t able to add a two-point conversion, but even though the Bulldogs had a 7-6 halftime advantage, the Scots had Portland right where they wanted it.

With 10:40 to go in the third period, Bonny Eagle took over at its 34 and in a superb 13-play drive which chewed up 6:27, the Scots went ahead to stay, as Day and Menard connected on a 13-yard touchdown pass on fourth down for a 13-7 lead.

After Bonny Eagle junior Nick Thorne registered a strip sack of Bachelder and junior Alex Smith recovered at the Portland 9, junior Alex Sprague scored on a 1-yard dive and despite having the extra point blocked, the Scots took a 19-7 advantage to the final quarter.

The proud Bulldogs refused to go quietly, however, and on fourth-and-goal with 9:05 to play, Bachelder snuck in from the 1 to keep hope alive, pulling Portland within five.

The Bulldogs couldn’t stop Bonny Eagle, however, and after Day’s running got the Scots into Portland territory, a 27-yard TD scamper from Thorne and a two-point conversion rush from senior Cam Theberge opened up a 27-14 lead.

After Theberge intercepted Bachelder at the Bulldogs’ 11, Bonny Eagle ended all doubt with 2:27 to go, as Thorne scored on a 2-yard rush.

One more pick, from junior Christian Napolitano, gave the Scots the ball in Portland territory again and Bonny Eagle ran out the clock and won the Gold Ball, 34-14.

The Scots scored on four successive second half drives, won their sixth Class A title, finished a perfect 11-0 and in the process, ended the Bulldogs’ memorable campaign at 9-2.

“It’s awesome,” said Bonny Eagle coach Kevin Cooper. “It’s just as sweet as the first one, if not sweeter. Everybody is trying to get here. Every team starts in August hoping to be state champs. I’m fortunate to coach this group of guys. I’m pretty lucky. It’s a great group of kids.”

“I’m proud of every one of these kids,” said Portland coach Jim Hartman. “They fought to the end. They gave everything they had. We’re a great football team, but they physically wore us out.”

Band of brothers

All championship caliber teams have a measure of closeness, but the 2016 Bulldogs boasted a senior class that came of age together, seized their opportunity and left an indelible legacy on the program.

Nick Archambault (who sadly had to watch Saturday’s games on crutches from the sidelines), Bachelder, Bolduc, Nick Giaquinto, Jake Knop, Dante Hamilton (who spent one year at Cheverus before returning to Portland), Ethan Hoyt and Dylan Wike turned this year’s squad into an extension of themselves and what a team they forged.

That group left the Fitzpatrick Stadium turf in agony last November after giving them all, only to fall short against a powerhouse repeat champion Thornton Academy squad. The Bulldogs rallied from a 14-0 deficit, tied the game and had an opportunity to drive for the lead in the fourth quarter but ultimately fell short, 24-14.

From the ashes of that defeat, this year’s run began.

Portland was viewed as the Class A North favorite as the 2016 campaign began, but got a dose of reality on opening night when Scarborough came to town and upset the Bulldogs, 14-13.

That wakeup call propelled Portland into a seven-game win streak to end the regular season (see sidebar, below, for links to previous game stories).

The Bulldogs got on track with a 42-14 victory at Edward Little and returned to high level form with a 42-21 win at Windham (in a game which saw Archambault suffer his season-ending knee injury and be replaced as the lead back by Bolduc).

Portland then dispatched visiting Oxford Hills (36-7), rallied for a 35-27 win at Cheverus, then closed with decisive victories at home over Lewiston (34-13) and Bangor (63-7) and at South Portland (47-0).

As the top seed in Class A North, the Bulldogs earned a bye into the semifinals, then easily handled No. 4 Oxford Hills (55-7). In last week’s regional final, No. 2 Windham gave Portland a scare, leading, 14-6, in the third period, but the Bulldogs scored the game’s final 21 points to advance, 27-14.

Bonny Eagle entered 2016 as the favorite to win a Gold Ball and lived up to billing.

The Scots began with a 60-20 romp at South Portland, then held off host Scarborough, 21-7. After a 70-7 home blowout of Bangor and a 52-6 waltz at Massabesic, Bonny Eagle was tested by visiting Deering, but prevailed, 21-7. Wins at Windham (38-10) and at home over Sanford (58-22) were followed by a dramatic 15-14 victory over Thornton Academy in the regular season finale.

That gave the Scots the top seed in Class A South and after a quarterfinal round bye, Bonny Eagle pulled away to eliminate fourth-ranked Sanford, 42-13, in the semifinals, then rode a series of big plays to a 40-20 win over No. 3 Scarborough in last weekend’s regional final.

The Bulldogs and Scots didn’t play in the regular season, although they did square off in a controlled scrimmage back in August.

Prior to Saturday, the teams hadn’t met in a countable game since Portland’s 13-7 overtime triumph Sept. 21, 2012 in Standish.

The teams had met four prior times in the playoffs (see sidebar, below), with Bonny Eagle winning on three occasions. A 25-19 Scots’ win in the 2009 Western A quarterfinals was the most recent.

Bonny Eagle was seeking its sixth Gold Ball, while Portland was chasing its third (see sidebar, below).

The Scots entered play having never lost a state game, beating Bangor (29-19) in 2004, Mt. Blue (41-13) in 2005, Lawrence (34-14) in 2007, Skowhegan (26-6) in 2008 and Cheverus (31-28 in an instant classic in 2013).

While Portland was awarded the 1952 state title in pre-playoff era, the Bulldogs’ first state final appearance resulted in a 14-10 win over Sanford in 1982. After losing, 20-14, to Bangor in 2001, Portland bounced back the next year and downed Edward Little, 41-6. After a drought, the Bulldogs got back in 2015, but lost to Thornton Academy.

Saturday morning’s kickoff weather was ideal for Nov. 19th, 52 degrees with a 6 mile-per-hour wind.

In front of a huge crowd, Portland delivered the early blow, but ultimately, Bonny Eagle showed that its depth, skill and championship heart was too much to overcome.

The Bulldogs won the opening coin toss, but deferred possession to the second half.

The Scots got the ball first, but Portland’s defense set an early tone.

Starting at its 19, Bonny Eagle went three-and-out, as Sprague gained a yard, Day picked up six and on third-and-3, Day threw incomplete.

The Bulldogs started their first possession at their 27, but couldn’t move the ball.

On first down, Bachelder threw deep to Foley, but the pass was uncatchable. After Bachelder kept the ball for a yard, Bachelder threw incomplete and Portland had to punt.

The Scots, who started at their 46, were again stymied, as after a pass interference penalty gave them first down at the Bulldogs’ 39, Bolduc threw Sprague for a two-yard loss, Theberge ran for three yards and after Portland junior Vinny Pasquali broke up a pass on third down, on fourth down, Day threw high and incomplete, giving the Bulldogs possession on their 38 with 8:14 to play in the quarter.

Portland then marched 62 yards in five plays and 1:54 to get the game’s first touchdown.

Bolduc lost a yard on first down, but Bachelder hit Foley for a dozen and a first down at the 49. Bolduc ran for seven yards to move into Bonny Eagle territory at the 44 and on a scramble, Bachelder gained 12 more for a first down at the 32.

Bachelder then dropped back and threw a bomb to the right pylon where Foley (whose stellar play this fall despite losing his father, Phil, to cancer inspired his teammates) leaped and snared the pass above a defender and crossed the plane for the score with 6:20 to go in the quarter.

“They don’t have many weaknesses, but we knew we had some openings through the air,” Hartman said.

Junior Quinn Clarke added the extra point for a 7-0 advantage.

That marked the Bulldogs’ first lead in a state final since 2002.

Riding that momentum, the Portland defense kept the pressure on.

Bonny Eagle was flagged for holding on the ensuing kickoff and took over at its 7, then went backwards.

On first down, Bolduc tackled Thorne for a two-yard loss. After Sprague gained four yards, Day dropped back to throw, but was blindsided by Bolduc, who nailed him for a six-yard loss. Day somehow managed to avoid a fumble on the hit, but the Scots had to punt and Napolitano’s kick went all of 16 yards, giving the Bulldogs the ball back at the Bonny Eagle 19.

Portland had a golden opportunity to double its lead and seize firm control of the contest, but the Scots’ defense wouldn’t let it happen.

After Thorne dropped Bolduc for a one-yard loss, Bachelder threw incomplete. Bachelder tried to run on third down, but Smith held on to him by his uniform and limited him to a one-yard pickup. On fourth down, Bachelder tried to throw, but Menard knocked it down and the Scots held.

“That was an absolute killer,” Hartman lamented. “We should have gotten into our run game. That’s my fault.”

“I’ve said for a number of weeks, when our backs are to the wall, that’s when we rise up and play our best,” Cooper said. “They had great field position and coming back from two touchdowns would have been a lot tougher.”

With 3:02 to go in the quarter, Bonny Eagle got its first big offensive play, as Theberge gained 11 yards to the 30, but Day threw incomplete, Day ran for two yards, then threw incomplete again, forcing another punt.

The Bulldogs got good field position again, at their 34, and got a first down as Bolduc ran for 10 yards. After an incomplete pass, Bolduc ran for nine yards and Bachelder kept the ball for two more and a first down at the Scots’ 45. On the final play of a first quarter which saw Portland outgain Bonny Eagle, 88 yards to 32, Bolduc picked up three more yards.

On the first play of the second quarter, Bachelder tried another home run pass, this one to Knop, but at the last second, Scots senior Keith Hoffses broke it up in front of the goal line. The Bulldogs then appeared to pick up the first down, as Bachelder threw to Hoyt, who made a brilliant one-handed catch and ran for 17 yards, but the play was negated, as Bachelder was ruled to have thrown the pass from beyond the line of scrimmage, forcing a punt.

Bachelder did pin Bonny Eagle at its 7, but this time, the Scots were able to move the ball and flip field position.

On first down, Bolduc and Knop combined to throw Thorne for a two-yard loss and on second down, Thorne eluded a tackler just in front of the goal line and managed to gain two yards, setting up third-and-10 from the 7.

Then, in one of the unheralded big plays of the game, Day hit Theberge for 13 yards on a slant for a first down at the 20.

A false start backed up Bonny Eagle five yards, but Theberge ran for nine yards, then Day threw to a leaping Menard, who came down with the ball for a 28 yard gain to the Portland 46.

The Bulldogs’ defense then stiffened, as Bachelder corralled Sprague and held him to a one-yard gain and after an illegal motion penalty on the Scots, Knop broke up a pass. After Day scrambled for 13 yards to set up fourth-and-1, a Day pass to Theberge resulted in a four-yard loss, as Pasquali came up huge on defense.

With 7:05 to go in the half, Portland started at its 41 and looked to add to its lead.

Instead, Bonny Eagle would force a turnover and that helped the Scots get right back in the game.

After Bolduc and Bachelder each gained a yard, Bachelder hit Hoyt for nine yards and a first down at the Scots’ 48. Bolduc was held to no gain, then Thorne sacked Bachelder for a 12 yard loss back to the Portland 40. On third-and-22, Bachelder threw over the middle, but his pass was intercepted by Menard and Bonny Eagle took over at its 37 with 3:19 to play before halftime.

It took seven plays and 2:21 for the Scots to get on the board and in the process, awaken its offense once and for all.

Day ran for three yards and Sprague picked up one, but on third-and-6, Day connected with Sprague for 18 yards and a first down at the Bulldogs’ 41 with 1:44 left in the half.

Bonny Eagle then stayed on the ground and wouldn’t be denied, as Sprague ran for 15 yards, then 10 and after Day ran for 10 more yards, setting up a first-and-goal at the 4, Day kept the ball, was momentarily slowed, then surged forward and extended the ball over the goal line for a touchdown with 58.4 seconds to go.

“We had a couple drives in the first half where we started to get going, but they’re so quick and athletic,” Cooper said. “It was a shock early. It was hard to get going at first. They play off blocks so well and get to the ball so well. They made it tough on us. Bolduc would come through and make a play. He was so active in there. That touchdown at the end of the half was huge.”

An offsides penalty on Portland convinced the Scots to go from attempting a tying extra point to going for a two-point conversion, but Thorne couldn’t handle the direct snap and was stopped short of the line, allowing the Bulldogs to stay on top by a single point.

Portland got one final possession in the half, starting from 29, but the Bulldogs got conservative and Bachelder took a knee on three straight snaps, sending the game to the break with the Bulldogs clinging to a 7-6 lead.

In the first 24 minutes, Bonny Eagle held a 147-71 advantage in yardage (in the second quarter, the Scots had 115 yards while Portland had negative-17).

While momentum had turned, the Bulldogs still felt confident when they took the second half kickoff and their drive began auspiciously.

After Knop returned the kickoff to the 37, Bachelder threw to Knop for 12 yards and a first down at the 49. That’s as good as it would get, however, as Bachelder was sacked by junior Zach Klein for a four-yard loss and after Knop caught an eight-yard pass, Bachelder threw incomplete while under pressure and compounding matters, was flagged for intentional grounding, backing the Bulldogs to their 42 and forcing a punt.

Bonny Eagle started at its 34 with 10:40 to play in the third quarter and would keep the ball for 6:27, marching 66 yards in 13 plays to take the lead for good.

Day set the tone with a 10-yard burst. After Sprague ran for six yards and Day was held to two, Portland’s defense had a chance to get off the field, but on third-and-2, Sprague bulled forward for three yards to move the chains. After Thorne ran for nine yards and Day threw incomplete, the Scots converted another third down, as Sprague again ran for three yards to the Bulldogs’ 33.

Theberge then gained seven yards on a jet sweep to the right and Day gained nine more for a first down at the 17. Bonny Eagle went backwards 11 yards due to a holding penalty, but after Day ran for three yards, Sprague picked up 12 to set up a manageable third-and-6. Bolduc then came up huge, stopping Day for no gain, forcing fourth down from the 13.

Day then dropped back to pass and Menard made an inside move on a defender and caught a slant pass at the goal line before breaking the plane for a go-ahead TD reception with 4:13 left in the third period. Junior Christian Napolitano added the extra point for a 13-7 advantage.

“We went into the locker room and we made adjustments with our linemen,” Day said. “We opened up holes and the running backs and I got through with big runs. The first half was pretty hard, but we’re a second half team. We came out in the second half and we dominated.”

A facemask penalty on the Bulldogs on the touchdown pass allowed the Scots to kickoff from midfield and a bouncing kick forced Pasquali to field the ball at the 1. He only got to the 10 and it wasn’t long before Bonny Eagle’s defense came up with a huge play.

After Bolduc ran for four yards and Bachelder was thrown for a one-yard loss by Theberge and junior Arlo Pike, Bachelder dropped back to pass, rolled left, then was hit from behind by Thorne before he could throw, fumbled and Smith pounced on the loose pigskin at the Portland 9.

The Scots needed just two plays to capitalize, as Day ran for eight yards to the 1 and Sprague bulled in over right tackle from there for another touchdown with 1:44 to play in the frame. Napolitano’s PAT was blocked, but Bonny Eagle had extended its lead to 19-7.

“We felt really good in the first half and that reflected what could have happened, but they made good adjustments in the second half,” said Knop. “They have a lot of weapons, whether it’s their quarterback, their huge tight end or their 220-pound running back. They all made plays today.”

“I think they came in a little cocky, then realized we weren’t going to let them have it,” said Bolduc. “They made some adjustments and we made some crucial mistakes in the second half. We didn’t play our best second half and that’s what it came down to. We had momentum the whole first half except the last five minutes or so. Then they outperformed us. They have a lot of good players, fast, big and strong. They just knew where we would be and they performed.”

The Bulldogs were on the ropes, but in a 12-play drive which spanned the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth, they drove 54 yards in 4:32 to keep hope alive.

Portland started at its 46, thanks to a 22-yard kickoff return by Knop. Bolduc ran for eight yards on first down and after Knop was thrown for a two-yard loss by senior Parker Gammon, Bachelder moved the chains with an eight-yard scramble to the Scots’ 40. Bolduc then took over in the final minute of the quarter, rushing right for 12 yards, right again for six more, then right one final time for four yards and a first down at the 18.

The Bulldogs began the fourth quarter by running Bolduc to the left, but when he tried to cut, his feet slipped and he only gained two yards. Bachelder then found Foley for 13 yards down the right sideline, setting up first-and-goal from the 3.

Portland would eventually strike paydirt, but Bonny Eagle made it use all four plays of its next series.

Bolduc got the ball on first down and got to the 1, but two consecutive Bachelder keepers were stuffed, setting up fourth down.

After two Bulldogs’ timeouts, they finally got in the end zone on a 1-yard Bachelder keeper with 9:05 to play. Clarke’s PAT cut the deficit to 19-14.

Portland had visions of a dramatic come-from-behind win, but couldn’t get the stop it needed.

The Scots started their next drive at their 27 and methodically marched 73 yards in seven plays and 3:11 to essentially break the Bulldogs’ will.

Day only gained two yards on first down and Sprague ran for six on second down, setting up a critical third-and-2, where Day kept the ball up the middle, broke free and wasn’t hauled down until he reached the Portland 49, a gain of 16. After Theberge gained eight yards on a sweep, Day ran for six yards to set up first down at the 35. Day ran for eight more yards, then handed the ball to Thorne, who broke a tackle, then outran the pursuit to the left pylon for a 27-yard touchdown with 5:47 to go.

Cooper elected to go for two points and Theberge got the job done, scoring on a rush to extend the lead to 27-14.

Now desperate, the Bulldogs had to go exclusively to the air and Bonny Eagle’s defense teed off.

On first down, Klein and Pike combined to sack Bachelder for a seven-yard loss. After an incomplete pass, Bachelder threw to the left sideline where Theberge intercepted the ball at the Portland 37 before returning it 26 yards to set up another touchdown.

With 4:30 remaining, Bonny Eagle took its time and would chew up over two minutes in running four plays for the clinching score.

After Day ran for four yards, Sprague’s six-yard burst set up third-and-inches from just outside the 1. Bolduc kept the Bulldogs alive by throwing Day for a one-yard loss, setting up fourth down, but for the second time in the game, the Scots scored on fourth down, as Thorne ran up the middle, broke one tackle, then fell into the end zone for the score with 2:27 remaining. Napolitano added the PAT and Bonny Eagle had broken it open, 34-14.

Portland got the ball back at its 29, but Bachelder’s pass was picked by Napolitano on what proved to be the Bulldogs’ final offensive play of the season.

“We made some big mistakes and that’s the name of the game,” Hartman said. “Four turnovers and you’re not winning anything, especially against Cooper. They wore us out. They were just bigger and stronger than we are. There’s so many of them too. The kids fought hard in the first half, but we ran out of gas. They made some great in-game adjustments.”

With 2:16 to go and Portland out of timeouts, all the Scots had to do was run out the clock and Day did so by taking a knee on three straight snaps and at 1:29 p.m., Bonny Eagle was king of the Class A football world again by virtue of a 34-14 victory.

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Day said. “It’s awesome to get a Gold Ball senior year. “We played really hard and we stopped them. Coach told us they’re a hard-nosed team that never quits. They never quit, but we played together today.”

“Give credit to our kids to put forth that type of second half,” Cooper said. “We had to adjust because they’re so athletic. They do such a good job pressuring with linebackers. We had to set up our offense a little different than we normally do. We had to get some small guys running around.”

The Scots finished with 303 yards. They didn’t turn the ball over and overcame five penalties for 40 yards.

Day finished 5-of-12 passing for 68 yards and a touchdown. He ran 21 times for 102 yards and another TD.

Sprague had 69 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and caught one pass for 18 yards.

Thorne scored twice and gained 36 yards on four rushes.

Menard had two catches for 41 yards with a score. Theberge caught two balls for 9 yards. Theberge ran five times for 38 yards.

Defensively, Bonny Eagle got two sacks from Thorne, 1.5 from Klein, a half-sack from Pike, a fumble recovery from Smith and interceptions from Menard, Napolitano and Theberge.

The Scots will, as usual, be hard hit by graduation, but as usual, they will be on the short list of title favorites again in 2017.

“We won’t worry about (next year) yet, but in a few weeks, we’ll start planning for number seven,” Cooper said.

Much to hail

Portland managed just 122 yards (only 34 after the first quarter), gave the ball away four times, didn’t force a turnover and committed four penalties for 44 yards.

Bolduc was the lead rusher, gaining 66 yards on 15 carries.

Bachelder rushed 12 times for 17 yards with a touchdown and threw a TD on 6-0f-17 passes, good for 86 yards with three interceptions.

Foley had three receptions for 57 yards with a touchdown, Knop had two catches for 20 and Hoyt one for 9.

Following the game, the Bulldogs were distraught, but they were able to put the loss in perspective and appreciate just how impressive they’ve been over the past two seasons.

“I’m really proud of how the team’s come together despite everyone saying we wouldn’t do anything,” Bolduc said. “We’re only the second Portland team to make it to back-to-back state championships. It feels good to get there twice.”

“We showed a lot of heart,” Knop said. “Even though we didn’t get the outcome we wanted, everyone out there did as much as they could to get the win. It just didn’t go our way today. I’m so proud to be a part of this team. When we first got to Portland, nobody thought we were good at all. No one thought we were good at the start of the season, but I’m proud we brought Portland football back to the top.”

“The seniors are 20-3 the last two years,” Hartman added. “That’s a hell of a class. Great athletes all over the place. They came awful close. We would have loved to have ‘Archie’ out here, but it is what it is.”

The Bulldogs will have to fill some key shoes in 2017, but they are bound and determined to get back and finish the job.

“We’ve got to learn and we’ve got to get over the hump,” Hartman said. “We had five sophomores start. They’ll only get better.

“We’ll get back.”

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

Portland senior Jake Knop is hemmed in by the Bonny Eagle defense.

Portland senior Dylan Bolduc tries to cut to elude Bonny Eagle senior Cam Theberge, but loses his footing.

Bonny Eagle junior Alex Sprague is held up by Portland senior Issiah Bachelder as sophomore Koa Farnsworth closes in to make the tackle.

Portland senior Ethan Hoyt tries to come up with the ball as Bonny Eagle junior Kordell Menard defends.

Portland senior Griffin Foley carries the ball as Bonny Eagle junior Christian Napolitano prepares to make a tackle.

Portland senior quarterback Issiah Bachelder gets away from Bonny Eagle senior Parker Gammon.

Portland senior Dylan Bolduc sacks Bonny Eagle senior quarterback Cam Day.

Bolduc celebrates his sack with senior Dante Hamilton.

Portland senior captains Jake Knop, left, Dylan Bolduc and Issiah Bachelder receive the runner-up plaque following the game.

Previous Portland stories

Season Preview

Scarborough 14 Portland 13

Portland 42 Windham 21

Portland 35 Cheverus 27

Class A North semifinal
Portland 55 Oxford Hills 7

Class A North Final
Portland 27 Windham 14 

Previous Bonny Eagle story

Bonny Eagle 21 Scarborough 7

Previous Portland state game results (2-2)

2015 Class A
Thornton Academy 24 Portland 14 

2002 Class A
Portland 41 Edward Little 6

2001 Class A
Bangor 20 Portland 14

1982 Class A
Portland 14 Sanford 10

Previous Bonny Eagle state game results (5-0)

2013 Class A
Bonny Eagle 31 Cheverus 28 

2008 Class A
Bonny Eagle 26 Skowhegan 6

2007 Class A
Bonny Eagle 34 Lawrence 14

2005 Class A
Bonny Eagle 41 Mt. Blue 13

2004 Class A
Bonny Eagle 29 Bangor 19

Previous Portland-Bonny Eagle playoff results

2009 Western A quarterfinals
Bonny Eagle 25 Portland 19

2005 Western A semifinals
Bonny Eagle 50 Portland 7

2004 Western A Final
Bonny Eagle 21 Portland 13

2000 Western A quarterfinals
Portland 41 Bonny Eagle 6

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