Brunswick football reaches regional final

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Brunswick’s football team is one win from the state final.

The Dragons, the top-ranked team in Class B North, showed no rust coming off a bye and dispatched No. 4 Mt. Blue in last Friday’s semifinal round, 40-0.

Brunswick’s offensive line was doing so well that the Dragons built a 26-0 lead at halftime.

“I hate to single out anybody’s name. I would like to say them all,” Cooper said. “They have been fantastic all year long.”

The Dragons’ O-line opened up large holes that allowed Will Bessey to score four touchdowns.

“When you score on the first play of the game, you could see a little bit of the air come out of right off the bat.,” Cooper said. “We just kept pouring it on. The defense played great and kept the pressure on them.”

Bessey, who scored on a 53-yard run on the first play of the game, had nothing but good things to say about Brunswick’s indomitable offensive line.

“Our line got it done tonight and made it easier for me,” Bessey said. “I just love those guys. My line, I believe, is best in the state and they are just awesome.”

Bessey did most of the backbreaking work of carrying the ball, which allowed the Dragons to ring up a total of 334 total yards on offense.

Thomas Hanson scored on a keeper and threw 15-yard pass to Hunter Garrett for a touchdown to round out the Dragons’ hefty scoring.

Brunswick (now 8-1) hosts No. 3 Brewer (9-1) in the Class B North Final Friday night. On Oct. 9, Brewer came to Brunswick and won, 34-27.

The Dragons are hoping to reverse that result and meet either Falmouth (9-1) or Marshwood (8-2) in the Class B state game Saturday, Nov. 21 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

“We’re excited,” Cooper said. “The two best teams in the league should be playing for the conference championship, so that is going to be a good game.”

Sun Journal staff writer Tony Blasi contributed to this story