After an exciting weekend of action on the gridiron, pitch and trails, only a few Mid-Coast fall athletic teams remain alive at press time.
Here’s a glimpse:
Brunswick’s football team closed the regular season with a 48-14 home win over Mt. Ararat Friday night. The Dragons were paced, as always, by Jared Jensen, who went over the 2,000 yard mark for the season. Brunswick wound up 7-2 and earned the No. 3 seed for the Eastern Class A playoffs. The Dragons will be at No. 2 Cony (7-2) in the semifinals Saturday at 4 p.m. Brunswick lost, 34-7, at home to the Rams, Sept. 28.
Mt. Ararat finished its season 0-9 and along with Morse (2-6 in Eastern B), failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Mt. Ararat entered the postseason as the top seed in Eastern Class A boys’ soccer with a record of 12-1-1. The Eagles blanked Waterville, 2-0, in the quarterfinals, then eliminated No. 4 Brunswick, 4-1, in the semifinals Saturday to advance to the Eastern A Final, where they hosted No. 2 Lewiston ((13-1-2) Wednesday. Mt. Ararat suffered its lone loss, 3-1, at the Blue Devils, way back on Sept. 5, and edged visiting Lewiston, 2-1, Oct. 2. If the Eagles make it to Saturday’s state game (10 a.m. at Hampden Academy), they’ll face either Gorham (14-0-2) or Scarborough (14-0-2).
Brunswick finished the year 9-5-2 after the loss to the Eagles. The Dragons had edged No. 5 Bangor, 3-2, in the quarterfinals.
Morse went 4-10 and didn’t qualify for the postseason.
On the girls’ side, Morse made it to the Western B Final for the second year in a row. The Shipbuilders earned the top seed with a 12-1-1 record and beat No. 8 Freeport and fourth-ranked Poland to advance. Against the Knights, Brianna Williams had two goals and Paige Martin and Miracle Trimble one each. Morse hosted second-ranked Falmouth (12-2-2), the two-time defending state champion, in the regional final Wednesday. The teams don’t play in the regular season. Last year, the Yachtsmen rallied in the second half to eliminate the Shipbuilders in the Western B Final, 2-1.
In Eastern A, Mt. Ararat finished 10-6 after a 4-2 loss at top-ranked Bangor in the quarterfinals and No. 2 Brunswick ended up 14-1 after being upset by seventh-ranked Erskine (3-2, on penalty kicks), also in the quarterfinals.
Brunswick and Mt. Ararat took part in the Class A cross country state championship meet Saturday in Belfast.
In the girls’ meet, won by Bonny Eagle with 66 points, the Eagles had 177 points to come in sixth, while the Dragons (241) were 10th. Individually, Brunswick’s Tessa Cassidy placed eighth with a time of 19 minutes, 40.51 seconds on the 5-kilometer course to qualify for the New England championships Nov. 10 in Cumberland. The Eagles were led by Kelly Lynch, 17th, 20:31.81.
The boys champion was Massabesic with 82 points. Mt. Ararat (230) came in ninth, while Brunswick (277) finished 13th. The Eagles were led by Sam Wood, who came in 21st (17:28.23). The Dragons’ top finisher was Walter Martin (44th, 18:11.08).
A good chunk of the Brunswick defense attempts to slow Mt. Ararat senior Ryan Smith during the teams’ contest Friday night. The Dragons locked up their playoff spot with a 48-14 win over the Eagles.
Mt. Ararat’s Olivia Swan (left) and Kelly Lynch make a turn during Saturday’s Class A girls’ cross country state meet. Lynch wound up 18th individually, while Swan was 31st. The Eagles were sixth as a team.