Week 2 of the high school football season sees many teams seeking to build on opening-week success, and others trying to rebound from early disappointments.
Mount Ararat Eagles (0-1) vs. Bangor Rams (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Cameron Stadium, Bangor: Bangor is coming off a dominant performance in its opener, a 49-0 victory at Skowhegan during which the Rams had to use only the “bash” component of their “bash and dash” attack.
Senior Josiah Hartley showed plenty of promise in his first start at tailback with 125 rushing yards and three first-half touchdowns to pace a Bangor offense that averaged 6.6 yards on 45 carries.
Defensively, the Rams didn’t allow Skowhegan inside the Bangor 41-yard line, as the Indians ran just four plays inside Rams’ territory — including their final three offensive plays of the game.
Next up for coach Mark Hackett’s club is a Mount Ararat team that is coming off a somewhat deceptive 48-12 loss to Cony of Augusta, in that the Eagles were within 14-12 at halftime .
Coach Mark LaFountain’s club boasts a fairly big and experienced line in front of senior quarterback Brett Milliken and tailback Derek True, who rushed for a team-high 87 yards on 12 carries against Cony.
“They play a wide-open offense out of the shotgun,” said Hackett. “They’re much improved, but I like that we’re playing them at home.”
Bangor defeated Mount Ararat 55-13 at Topsham in their meeting last year.
Hampden Academy (0-1) vs. Mount Desert Island Trojans (1-0), 7 p.m. Saturday at Bar Harbor: These teams have developed a healthy rivalry in recent years, with the home team winning in each of their last five meetings — including a 46-6 win by Hampden last fall..
Hampden struggled offensively in its opener this season, managing just 10 rushing yards in its 34-6 loss to reigning Class B state champion Leavitt of Turner Center while quarterback Jon Haws was sacked eight times by the Hornets’ defense.
Haws is one of the top quarterbacks in the conference, and Hampden will want to get its running game established against MDI in order to complement the passing game.
This game was moved back a night, as MDI didn’t play its opener until Monday, when the Trojans defeated Belfast 20-6 behind a ball-control rushing attack that featured 112 yards and two touchdowns from Jason Burke.
Brewer Witches (0-1) vs. Lewiston Blue Devils (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Don Roux Field, Lewiston: Brewer plays its first road game of the season, looking for its first points against a Lewiston team that already has one shutout this fall.
Lewiston opened with a 21-0 victory over Oxford Hills at South Paris last weekend, The Blue Devils’ offense featured a trio of running backs in Jeff Turcotte, Joe McKinnon and Jeff Keene, who combined for more than 200 yards behind a young line, while defensively coach Bill County’s team never allowed Oxford Hills close to a touchdown.
Brewer played fairly well defensively in its opener, a 27-0 loss to Lawrence of Fairfield, but had trouble generating offense against the Bulldogs, managing just 112 total yards and not netting its initial first down of the contest until the fourth quarter.
Camden Hills Windjammers (1-0) vs. Leavitt Hornets (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Turner Center: Camden Hills is coming off a breakthrough 60-28 victory over Nokomis of Newport that marked the program’s first regular-season victory.
Senior quarterback Collin Downs led the way, rushing for 276 yards on 15 carries and scoring six touchdowns while leading the Windjammers to 548 total yards, 501 on the ground.
As a reward for their first win, the Windjammers now get a road game against the defending state Class B champions, who looked like a top contender again this year with their 34-6 win at Hampden Academy. Jordan Hersom made his debut at quarterback and passed for two touchdowns, while the Hornets also amassed 306 rushing yards.
“Leavitt’s the state champion, they were the best team in the state, and I went and watched them against Hampden and I still think they’re the best team in the state,” said Camden Hills coach Linwood Downs. “But our kids have to play the game. Every game we go into we have an expectation to win. We can’t coach them any differently, we can’t play any differently. We’ll just leave it on the field.”
Calais-Woodland Silverados (1-0) vs. Foxcroft Academy Ponies (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Oakes Field, Dover-Foxcroft: Foxcroft routed the Silverados 55-6 in their last meeting, a LTC quarterfinal last fall.
But just one Foxcroft player who scored in that game, fullback Cody Coiley, is back with the team this fall, while Calais-Woodland graduated just two players off last year’s squad.
Foxcroft was nonetheless impressive in its season opener, amassing 578 total yards in a 44-12 win at Dexter. Dylan Andrews and Jerrod Boone each rushed for more than 100 yards for coach Dan White’s club.
Regular starting quarterback Kyle Gould sat out the opener, but is expected back in the lineup against Calais-Woodland.
Calais-Woodland is coming off a 46-22 victory over Old Town in a season-opening battle of the double-wing attacks, with Spencer McCormick rushing for 168 yards and three touchdowns and Ryan Cavanaugh adding 118 yards and two more scores. Coach Ian Pratt’s Silverados face a short week of preparation, since the presence of Hurricane Earl prompted the Old Town game to be postponed from Saturday to Monday.
Rockland Tigers (1-0) vs. John Bapst Crusaders (1-0), 7 p.m. Saturday, Cameron Stadium, Bangor: Two teams seeking to get off to a fast start toward an LTC playoff berth square off in John Bapst’s home opener.
Rockland edged Orono in Week 1 behind a resilient defense and an offense that generated more than 200 yards on the ground as well as a pair of receiving touchdowns from Dan Hendricks.
John Bapst, meanwhile, limited Mount View to minus-18 total yards in the first half of its 37-26 win — and allowed the Mustangs just one play for positive yardage during the first two quarters thanks in part to strong play along the line of scrimmage.