Brunswick football one win from states; good showings at cross country state meet

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Mt. Ararat’s Katherine Leckbee runs toward a third-place finish in the Class A state girls’ cross country meet last weekend. The Eagles were 12th as a team.

Morse’s Sydney McCarren ran as an individual and had the 40th-best time in the Class B girls’ race.

After cross country wrapped up its year with last weekend’s state meet, the fall sports season has come down to one team still standing and what a team it is.

Brunswick’s football team continued its flawless 2016 campaign last Friday night with an emphatic 44-7 home win over No. 5 Messalonskee in the Class B North semifinals to improve to 9-0 on the year.

Christian Jensen had a touchdown run and pass to Ben Palizay and Palizay returned a punt for a score for an 18-0 halftime lead. In the second half, Hunter Garrett had a pair of touchdown runs and after the Eagles got on the board, Jesse Deveraux’s TD rush extended the lead to 36-7 heading for the fourth quarter. There, Garrett scored once more to put it away.

The Dragons host 8-1 Brewer, the No. 2 seed, in the Class B North Final Friday at 7 p.m. On Oct. 7, Brunswick handled the visiting Witches, 42-12.

If the Dragons get back to the Class B state final, they would meet either Kennebunk (10-0) or Biddeford (9-1) Friday, Nov. 17 in Orono.

Final run

Brunswick’s girls had a strong showing at Saturday’s Class A state meet in Belfast, tallying 147 points to come in fourth (Bonny Eagle was first with 77 points). The Dragons featured three top 20 finishers in Isabella Pols (10th), Miacela Ashby (13th) and Caitlin Kelly (17th). 

Mt. Ararat (235) came in 12th. The Eagles were led by Katherine Leckbee, who placed third individually.

The Class A boys’ meet was won by Falmouth with 72 points. Mt. Ararat (174) was eighth and Brunswick (276) finished 12th. The Eagles had the individual runner-up in Cameron Meier. The Dragons were led by Cameron Ashby (28th).

Neither Morse team qualified for the Class B state meet, but the Shipbuilders did send Sydney McCarren as an individual to the girls’ meet. McCarren had the 40th-best time.

The New England championship meet in Saturday in North Scituate, Rhode Island. Meier and Lisandro Berry-Gaviria will represent the Mt. Ararat boys’ team and Leckbee qualified from the girls’ squad.