Week 3 of the high school football season features a variety of scenarios ranging from a battle of Rams in Bangor to a pair of Class C upstarts on the road trying to stay unbeaten.
Cony Rams (1-1) vs. Bangor Rams (2-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Cameron Stadium, Bangor: Bangor is off to one of the more impressive starts statewide, averaging 48 points per game in victories over Skowhegan (41-12) and Mount Ararat of Topsham (55-13).
Offensive balance has enabled Bangor to average more than 400 total yards per game, with senior tailback Lonnie Hackett rushing for 405 yards and six TDs while junior quarterback Joe Seccareccia keys a passing game that includes receivers Josiah Hartley, Nate Henigan and Ethan Vance.
Look for the Rams to seek to establish the run game against a Cony team that yielded 394 yards on the ground during a 20-13 loss to Messalonskee of Oakland last Friday.
Cony uses two quarterbacks, Luke Duncklee and Nick Lucas, who went a combined 9 for 19 for 168 yards and two touchdowns – one from Duncklee to Lucas, and the second from Lucas to Duncklee.
“They’re very athletic,” said Bangor coach Mark Hackett.
Brewer Witches (0-2) vs. Edward Little Red Eddies (0-2), 7 p.m. Friday, Walton Field, Auburn: This game matches two teams seeking their first victory in the aftermath of punishing schedules over the first two weeks of play.
Brewer has lost to Lawrence of Fairfield (61-20) and Lewiston (35-22), teams with a combined 4-0 record. Edward Little has fallen to Brunswick (32-12) and Lawrence (44-0), teams with a combined 4-0 record.
Brewer will seek to play mistake-free offense out of its double-wing set, which has averaged 21 points per game and last week ground out 313 yards of total offense.
Edward Little, rebuilding after reaching last year’s Eastern Maine Class A final, mustered just three first downs last week against Lawrence.
Bucksport Golden Bucks (0-2) vs. Foxcroft Academy Ponies (2-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Oakes Field, Dover-Foxcroft: Foxcroft has retained its winning ways under new coach Danny White, with solid performances against Mattanawcook Academy and Dexter.
The Ponies have featured several playmakers, including senior quarterback Ryan Stroud, the Week 1 LTC player of the week, and senior running back Ian Champeon.
Bucksport has suffered two heartbreaking losses, 19-18 to John Bapst of Bangor on an unsuccessful two-point conversion try with 1:08 remaining, and 24-18 at Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield on a touchdown in the final 20 seconds.
The Golden Bucks rely on a strong running game that includes explosive tailback Vinny Tymoczko.
Hampden Academy Broncos (1-1) vs. Winslow Black Raiders (1-1), 1 p.m. Saturday, Gerry Poulin Memorial Field, Winslow: The Broncos hope to build on the momentum gained from an impressive 46-6 win over Mount Desert Island.
Coach Harry McCluskey’s club will need to concentrate on finishing off an opponent on the road if it builds a lead against the Black Raiders. Hampden led Leavitt 22-7 in the third quarter of their season opener at Turner Center but fell to the Hornets in overtime.
Winslow rebounded from a loss to Gardiner with a strong finish in its first road game last week. The Black Raiders rallied from a 14-12 halftime deficit with 22 third-quarter points to defeat Belfast 34-14.
Mount View Mustangs (2-0) vs. Calais-Woodland Silverados (0-2), 1 p.m. Saturday at Calais: Mount View of Thorndike has been one of the top stories in Eastern Maine football after going winless in its first two years of varsity play — particularly with its 41-7 win over Rockland last Saturday after losing to the Tigers 61-0 a year earlier.
The Mustangs average 43 points per game, with senior running back Tyler Rednour rushing for 311 yards and scoring four TDs while junior quarterback Aaron Santana has completed 16 of 25 passes for 292 yards and seven TDs, four to Erick Nealley.
The Mustangs’ defense will be challenged by a Calais-Woodland offense that averages 320 total yards per game. Kevin Ross (40 carries, 214 yards) has led the way in the Silverados’ double-wing formation.
With fewer than 20 players suiting up, depth has been a concern for Calais-Woodland, which has allowed an average of 48 points and 378 total yards per game.
Maine Central Institute Huskies (2-0) vs. Dexter Tigers (0-2), 1 p.m. Saturday at Dexter: MCI shares the LTC lead with Mount View, John Bapst and Foxcroft Academy through the first two weeks of the season, and hopes to keep its fast start going on the road.
MCI senior quarterback-safety Shawn Bennett has been perhaps the most productive all-around player in the conference in the early going, and was named the LTC’s Week 2 player of the week. Linebacker Britton Moholland has been a defensive force for the Huskies, while kicker Pat Hapworth is 8 for 8 on extra-point kicks to go with a 27-yard field goal in last week’s win over Bucksport.
Dexter is coming off a 48-14 loss at Foxcroft Academy, and has yielded an average of 41.5 points in losses to the Ponies and Stearns of Millinocket.
The Tigers boast a determined running back in Doug Richardson, who has rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns.