End of the line for Brunswick teams

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Three Brunswick teams saw their seasons and with it, the 2010 fall campaign, come to a close in recent days.

On the gridiron, the Dragons, seeded eighth, shocked top-ranked Lawrence, 14-13, in the quarterfinals, but after a one-day rain postponement, their year ended in the semifinals with a 20-7 loss at No. 4 Lewiston.

After a scoreless first half, the Blue Devils scored on three straight possessions to pull away. Brunswick’s lone score came on a 1-yard sneak by Kyle Franklin with 2:11 to go, but Lewiston recovered the on-side kick attempt and ran out the clock.

“They really came out and out-physicaled us there on that first drive. We coughed it up the next series and lost our poise,” Brunswick coach Dan Cooper said.

Last Wednesday, both Dragons soccer teams saw their season end in heartache at the hands of Bangor.

The girls appeared unbeatable going into the regional final. The defending state champions, Brunswick was 14-0 in the regular season and outscored the opposition, 70-2. After blanking No. 8 Erskine (4-0) and No. 5 Hampden (3-0), the Dragons ran into a Bangor buzzsaw and fell, 2-1, as their season ended at 16-1. Brunswick’s 36-game win streak ended after it surrendered two goals and only managed one, from senior Allie Walton in the 63rd minute.

The boys’ squad started 8-0, lost three of four, then won its final two to finish 11-3, good for No. 3 in Eastern A. Brunswick advanced by virtue of wins over No. 6 Mt. Blue (6-0) and No. 7 Messalonskee (1-0), but in the regional final, Bangor had the last laugh, tying the game late in regulation before winning, 2-1, in double overtime. Rodrigo Cepeda scored early in the second half for the Dragons, but they gave up the tying goal with 6:23 left.

The Dragons finished 13-4. The Rams went on to beat Portland, 3-2, to win their second Class A championship in five seasons.

Sun Journal staff writer Randy Whitehouse contributed to this story.

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Brunswick’s Jordan Rysdham looks to pick up some yardage during Saturday’s semifinal round playoff loss at Lewiston.

Keith Kitchens gets tackled downfield during Saturday night’s 20-7 loss, which ended Brunswick’s season at 6-4.

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