Fall sports season underway

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The fall sports season is underway and local athletes have already produced some exciting story lines in the early going.

Here’s a glimpse.

Football

Brunswick’s two-time Class B state finalist football team got off to a fast start Friday with a decisive 54-20 win at Hampden Academy. The Dragons’ Wing-T formation generated 399 rushing yards on 35 carries, with nine different running backs contributing to the effort. The Dragons rushed for 310 yards in the first half alone as they built a 46-6 lead. Ben Palizay amassed a game-high 97 yards on just four carries for Brunswick, including a 66-yard sprint to the end zone with eight minutes left in the first half. Jesse Devereaux added 55 yards and a score on five first-quarter carries, while starting quarterback Christian Jensen rushed for 48 yards and a score and also passed for a touchdown. Backup quarterback Nate Girardin added a 90-yard kickoff return that produced Brunswick’s final touchdown of the evening. The Dragons play 0-1 Lawrence in their home opener Friday.

Mt. Ararat enjoyed a 48-13 home win over Noble to start its season. The Eagles are home against 0-1 York Friday.

Morse also got off to a fast start, beating host Gorham, 39-6. The Shipbuilders are home against 1-0 Leavitt Friday. 

Boys’ soccer

Brunswick’s boys’ soccer team opened with a 2-2 tie at Mt. Blue. The Dragons were home with Camden Hills Tuesday and visited Messalonskee Thursday. Brunswick travels to Mt. Ararat Tuesday of next week.

Mt. Ararat started with a 2-0 home loss to Edward Little. The Eagles were at Lawrence Tuesday, visit Cony Friday and host Brunswick Tuesday of next week.

Morse opened its season at Lincoln Academy Tuesday. The Shipbuilders host Oceanside Saturday and Medomak Valley Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ soccer

Brunswick’s girls opened by blanking visiting Mt. Blue, 4-0. The Dragons went to Camden Hills Tuesday and hosted Messalonskee Thursday before welcoming Mt. Ararat Tuesday of next week.

Mt. Ararat started with a 4-1 setback at Edward Little. The Eagles hosted Lawrence Tuesday, welcome Cony Friday and visit Brunswick Tuesday of next week.

Morse opened at Lincoln Academy Tuesday. The Shipbuilders visit Oceanside Friday and play at Medomak Valley Tuesday of next week.

Field hockey

Brunswick’s field hockey team split its first two games, losing, 4-0, at Mt. Blue, then winning at Mt. Ararat, 2-1. After going to Cony Tuesday, the Dragons visit Lewiston Saturday and host Messalonskee Monday.

Mt. Ararat beat host Lewiston, 3-0, in its opener, then lost, 2-1, at home to Brunswick. After playing at Oxford Hills Tuesday, the Eagles hosted Messalonskee Thursday, welcome Edward Little Saturday and visit Hampden Academy Tuesday of next week.

Morse beat visiting Lincoln Academy, 8-0, in its opener, then fell at Leavitt, 4-0. The Shipbuilders hosted Lawrence Tuesday and went to Gardiner Thursday. Morse plays at Erskine Academy Saturday.

Volleyball

Brunswick’s first-year varsity volleyball program started with a hard fought 3-2 (26-24, 18-25, 15-25, 25-19, 13-15) home loss at Gardiner last Friday. The Dragons looked to get in the win column Tuesday at Wells. After going to Portland Thursday, Brunswick is home against perennial powerhouse Greely Tuesday of next week.

Cross country

Brunswick’s boys were first and the girls second at a six-team cross country meet at Skowhegan last weekend. 

Morse’s boys were first at a five-team meet at Winslow. The girls’ team didn’t score.

Mt. Ararat took part in a four-team meet at Mt. Blue where the Eagles boys were second and the girls finished third.

Golf

Mt. Ararat beat Brunswick, 7-2, in the teams’ golf opener. The Dragons then beat Oxford Hills (8-1) and lost to Edward Little (7.5-1.5) and Lewiston (7-2).

Morse lost to Spruce Mountain (7.5-1.5) and Gardiner (8-1). 

Bangor Daily News staff writer Ernie Clark contributed to this story.

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Brunswick’s Ben Palizay tries to break a tackle during Friday’s 54-20 win at Hampden Academy.

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