Brunswick football one win from Gold Ball; Mt. Ararat runners compete at New Englands

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Brunswick’s football team is heading back to the state final and with the conclusion of the cross country season at last week’s New England meet, is the Mid-Coast’s only fall sports team still standing.

The Dragons were untouchable the first nine games of the season, but finally had a serious test in Friday’s Class  B North Final. After scoring 423 points in dominating eight foes in the regular season and putting up 44 more in a 37-point victory over No. 5 Messalonskee in the semifinals, top-ranked Brunswick hosted No. 2 Brewer in the regional final.

The Dragons cruised to a 42-12 home victory over the Witches Nov. 7 and while the defense would be just as efficient in the rematch, Brunswick couldn’t muster its usual offensive production.

Brewer actually scored first, but the Dragons rallied to tie on a long touchdown run from Hunter Garrett. The game remained 6-6 into the third period where Brunswick went on top for good on another Garrett TD scamper, followed by a two-point conversion rush from Christian Jensen. The Witches pulled within 14-12 on a touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t convert the two-point conversion and thanks to strong defensive play down the stretch, the Dragons survived and advanced, 14-12.

Brunswick lost to Marshwood in both the 2014 (44-18) and 2015 (21-14) Class B state finals. This time, the Dragons will meet undefeated Kennebunk (10-0) on the big stage. Brunswick was awarded the Class B title in 1961 and 1963 (shared with Madison). In addition to the losses against Marshwood, the Dragons also fell in the 1983 Class B state final to Lawrence and 2003 Class A state game to Deering.

New Englands

Three Mt. Ararat runners traveled to Foster, Rhode Island last weekend to take part in the New England championship meet.

Cameron Meier posted the 36th-fastest time in the boys’ race, completing the 5-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 13.73 seconds. Lisandro Berry-Gaviria was 142nd (17:10.12).

In the girls’ meet, Katherine Leckbee posted the 29th-best time (18:51.80).