BANGOR, Maine — Billy Wetherbee rushed for 89 yards on nine carries and scored three touchdowns as No. 2 John Bapst pulled away from No. 3 Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln in an LTC Class C football semifinal 35-14 at Cameron Stadium Satuday.
John Bapst (9-1) will face No. 1 Foxcroft Academy (10-0) for the Eastern Maine Class C championship at 1 p.m. Saturday at Oakes Field in Dover-Foxcroft.
Wetherbee returned the game’s opening kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown to give John Bapst a 6-0 lead, but a 61-yard run by MA’s Grady Markie tied the game before Wetherbee broke off a 39-yard scoring run to restore John Bapst to a 13-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Mattanawcook, which ended its season at 7-3, took its only lead at 14-13 on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Ethan White to Derek Gardner 53 seconds into the second quarter.
John Bapst quarterback Shane Hass then passed 56 yards to Grady Hayes for a touchdown that gave the Crusaders a 21-14 halftime edge.
Wetherbee and Hass each added a TD run in the fourth quarter. Wetherbee scored from 16 yards out shortly after John Bapst recovered a Mattanawcook fumble, while Hass followed up with a 1-yard run to cap off the scoring,
Mattanawcook (7-3) 6 8 0 0 — 14
John Bapst (9-1) 13 8 0 14 — 35
JB — Wetherbee 81 kickoff return (kick failed)
MA — Markie 61 run (kick failed)
JB — Wetherbee 39 run (Dieuveuil kick)
MA — Gardner 23 pass from White (Markie rush)
JB — Hayes 56 pass from Hass (Wetherbee rush)
JB — Wetherbee 16 run (Dieuveuil kick)
JB — Hass 1 run (Dieuveuil kick)