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.
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).