Local teams hit their stride
The fall sports season has benefited from wonderful weather, which, along with stellar local athletes, has made for a most entertaining time for area fans.
Several teams are already closing in on the midway point and here's a glimpse at what you may have missed and what's to come.
Brunswick's football team continues to make the claim that it's as good as anyone in Eastern Class A. After running back extraordinaire Jared Jensen rushed for over 700 yards in wins at Bangor and over visiting Skowhegan, Jensen and the Dragons kept the good times rolling Friday at Lewiston.
Jensen raced for 254 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters of work and quarterback Jason Carter ran for two TDs and passed for another as the Dragons torched the Blue Devils, 57-21.
"We knew he'd be good, I didn't think he'd have this kind of start," Brunswick coach Dan Cooper said. "A lot of that has to do with the line play. They've been fantastic. It's what we know right now. He's running the ball well," Cooper said. "He's got the ball 80 percent of the time. And our line's been doing a great job. But he's a special athlete, and he can make something out of nothing sometimes."
Brunswick's defense only Lewiston to gain 124 yards.
"We didn't give up the big play," Cooper said. "We bent a little, gave up some chunks of yardage, but we prevented the big plays. We forced them to drive the field, and they couldn't do it."
Brunswick is at 0-3 Edward Little Friday.
"EL is circled right now," Cooper said. "We can't overlook anybody. We've been in a position before where we've slipped and lost a game maybe we shouldn't have, so no let up from the Dragons."
Mt. Ararat fell to 0-3 after a 57-28 home loss to Cony last weekend. The Eagles trailed 43-0 at the half. Mt. Ararat hosts undefeated, reigning regional champion Lawrence Friday.
Morse dropped to 1-2 after a 28-7 loss at Leavitt Saturday. The Shipbuilders host 2-1 Waterville Saturday.
Brunswick's boys' soccer team bounced back from losses last week to host Edward Little (1-0) and visiting Lewiston (3-0) to beat host Cony Friday, 12-2, improving to 3-2-1 in the process. The Dragons (third behind Lewiston and Hampden Academy in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings) was at Brewer Tuesday, welcomes Bangor Friday and plays host to Messalonskee Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat blanked visiting Edward Little (2-0) and Brewer (6-0) last week to improve to 3-1-1 and eighth in the region. The Eagles were at Lawrence Tuesday, visit Skowhegan Saturday and play host to Mt. Blue Tuesday of next week.
In Western B, Morse is 0-5 and 17th after falling at Oceanside last Thursday, 1-0. After playing host to Lincoln Tuesday and visiting Mt. View Thursday, the Shipbuilders welcome Gardiner Saturday and play host to Belfast Tuesday of next week.
On the girls' side, Morse was first in the Western B Heals at press time with a 3-1-1 mark following recent 2-0 victories over visiting Oceanside and host Leavitt. Miracle Trimble and Ruth Nadeau scored against the Mariners. In the win over the Hornets, Morgan Cram and Bess Howell scored. The Shipbuilders were at Lincoln Tuesday and hosted Mt. View Thursday. Morse is home with Gardiner Saturday and plays at Belfast Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick sits atop Eastern A with a 6-0 mark after recent wins over visiting Edward Little (5-3), host Lewiston (3-2) and visiting Cony (7-2). The Dragons were home with Brewer Tuesday, go to Bangor Friday and visit Messalonskee Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat its seventh in the Heals with a 4-1 mark after a 3-0 victory at Edward Little last Thursday and a 5-0 win at Brewer Saturday. The Eagles were home with Lawrence Tuesday, welcome Skowhegan Saturday and go to Mt. Blue Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat's field hockey team is red-hot. The Eagles have won four straight and sit third in the Eastern A Heals with a 4-2 mark after downing visiting Brewer (2-1, in overtime) and host Cony (2-1) last week. Mt. Ararat was home against Oxford Hills Tuesday and was at Messalonskee Thursday. The Eagles host Lawrence Saturday and play at Hampden Academy Monday.
Brunswick sits 11th with an 0-5-1 record. The Dragons most recent results were a 1-1 tie at Oxford Hills and losses to visiting Cony (3-1) and host Lewiston (3-0). Brunswick was at Edward Little Tuesday and hosted Brewer Thursday. The Dragons welcome Hampden Academy Saturday and visit Bangor Tuesday of next week.
In Western B, Morse is 16th in the Heals with an 0-6 record after recent losses at home to Winslow (8-0) and at Mt. View (4-0). The Shipbuilders were home against Belfast Tuesday and Maranacook Thursday, go to Oceanside Saturday and return home Tuesday of next week to face Camden Hills.
On the trails, Mt. Ararat hosted Brunswick, Morse, Brewer and Edward Little last weekend.
In the boys' meet, the Eagles were first, the Dragons fourth and the Shipbuilders fifth. Individually, the race was won by Mt. Ararat's Sam Wood (17 minutes, 52.83 seconds). Morse's top finisher was Nate Stover (sixth, 19:10.17). Brunswick's first finisher was Walter Martin (11th, 19:44.15).
In the girls' race, the Eagles were first, with the Shipbuilders coming in second and the Dragons placing third. Mt. Ararat's Kelly Lynch (21:35.29) was first individually. Brunswick was paced by Tiffany Tanner (second, 21:48.85). Morse's top finisher was Amy Franklin (fourth, 22:43.44).
Brunswick's golf team has won three straight matches and took a 5-2 mark into Wednesday's home match versus Oxford Hills. The Dragons close the regular season Friday versus Morse. Mt. Ararat was 1-5 entering Wednesday's home match against Edward Little.
(Sun Journal sports editor Justin Pelletier contributed to this story)