TURNER CENTER, Maine — Josh Strickland rushed for 265 yards and scored a touchdown as the top-seeded Leavitt Hornets defeated the No. 4 Hampden Academy Broncos 35-7 in an Eastern Maine Class B football semifinal Friday night.
Eric Theiss scored on 3- and 9-yard rushes in the first half for Leavitt. Jordan Hersom added two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter.
Strickland scored on an 84-yard run in the second quarter. He totaled 22 carries.
The Broncos tied it early on a 3-yard rush by fullback Michael Jenkins. He recorded 41 yards on eight carries.
Hampden (7-3) 7 0 0 0 — 7
Leavitt (10-0) 7 14 14 0 — 35
L — Theiss 3 run (Urquhart kick)
H — Jenkins 2 run (Cust kick)
L — Strickland 84 run (Urquhart kick)
L — Theiss 9 run (Urquhart kick)
L — Hersom 31 run (Urquhart kick)
L — Hersom 16 run (Urquhart kick)
Gardiner 20, Morse 13
At Bath, Forrest Chadwick scored three touchdowns as No. 3 Gardiner edged defending Eastern Maine champion Morse, the No. 2 seed.
Chadwick scored on a 4-yard run and a 45-yard interception return in the second quarter and a 28-yard third-quarter run.
Morse, which had defeated Gardiner 7-0 in Week 2 of the regular season, took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter of the rematch on a 51-yard pass from Mike Walton to Everett Moye.
The Shipbuilders scored their final touchdown on a 1-yard run by Walton in the third quarter.
Gardiner (8-2) 0 13 7 0 — 20
Morse (7-3) 6 0 7 0 — 13
M — Moye 51 pass from Walton (kick failed)
G — Chadwick 4 run (kick failed)
G — Chadwick 45 interception return (Meehan kick)
G — Chadwick 28 run (Meehan kick)
M — Walton 1 run (Wolfe kick)
Brunswick 27, Lawrence 14
At Fairfield, third-seeded Brunswick scored 20 unanswered points to knock No. 2 Lawrence out of the playoffs in the semifinal round for the second straight year.
Stefan Jensen scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter, and after a Rashon Edgerton extra-point kick, Brunswick tied it at 14-14.
Jensen gave the Dragons the lead by completing a 23-yard pass to Edgerton in the third quarter. Edgerton added some insurance with a 43-yard scoring pass to Dylan Walton in the fourth.
Edgerton first put Brunswick on the board with a 13-yard run in the first period.
Lawrence’s Bobby Belanger completed a 5-yard pass to Mark Yandian for a second-quarter touchdown. Christian Powers added a 16-yard scoring run to give Lawrence a 14-7 lead.
Brunswick (9-1) 7 7 7 6 — 27
Lawrence (8-2) 0 14 0 0 — 14
B — Edgerton 13 run (Edgerton kick)
L — Yandian 5 pass from Belanger (Dearborn kick)
L — Powers 16 run (Dearborn kick)
B — Jensen 1 run (Edgerton kick)
B — Edgerton 23 pass from Jensen (Edgerton kick)
B — Walton 43 pass from Edgerton (kick failed)