The Cheverus and Portland football teams spent last week in unfamiliar fashion, on a bye, as the Eastern A playoffs began. The Bulldogs and Stags will return to action this weekend. Friday night, Portland, the No. 2 seed after a 7-1 regular season, will play host to third-ranked Windham (5-4, after its 54-14 quarterfinal round win over No. 6 Edward Little) Friday at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs beat visiting Windham, 57-14, Oct. 11. Cheverus, 8-0 and seeded first, will welcome No. 4 Bangor (5-4) Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Rams downed No. 5 Lewiston, 55-21, in their quarterfinal Saturday. The Stags rolled at Bangor, 49-7, Oct. 19, then won at Deering in the finale, which proved to be longtime coach John Wolfgram’s 300th career victory. The Western A Final is Saturday, Nov. 16, on the field of the highest remaining seed. The Class A state game is Saturday, Nov. 23, at Fitzpatrick Stadium.
The inaugural Portland High School Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the Italian Heritage Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The first class includes Ed Bogdanovich, John “Giant” Conroy, James J. Fitzpatrick, Willie Greenlaw, Shaun Hawkins, Quinton Porter and Mike Rutherford. Tickets are $25 and are available at Bruno’s Restaurant, Forest Garden and Joe’s Smoke Shop. FMI, firstname.lastname@example.org.