There were some ups and downs along the way during the 45th Bangor Daily News Football Forecast, but 10 weeks was long enough to determine a champion this time around.
We hope you enjoyed testing your knowledge of Maine and New England high school and college football along with us.
Assistant sports editor Pete Warner made a late-season surge en route to winning his ninth BDN staff title in 2010. Warner went into the final week with a three-game lead over sports editor Joe McLaughlin and picked up one more game after a 16-4 effort.
Warner, whose other titles came in 1984, ’89, ’91, ’94, ’97, ’98, 2007, and ’08, ended the campaign with a 161-39 record (.805). McLaughlin was the runner-up, four games back at 157-43 (.785), while Ryan McLaughlin surged past two co-workers to take third at 155-45 (.775).
Four-time staff champ Ernie Clark, who also won a guest title in 2000, took fourth at 154-46 (.770), followed by John Holyoke (153-47, .765), Andrew Neff (152-48, .760), Dave Barber (150-50, .750), Jim Goodness (143-57, .715) and Larry Mahoney (142-58, .710).
Week 10 guest Prescott Rossi held his own with a 13-7 record.
Dave Utterback of Bangor captured the guest championship. He did so by compiling a 17-3 during the first week of the season back in November.
The rest of the guest roster included: Stu Marckoon of Lamoine (16-4), Mike Portwine of Millinocket, Jack Eisentrager of Hermon, Scott Gordon of Old Town and Bill Kane of Bradford at 15-5, Tiger Stewart of Lake Mary, Fla., and Derek Veilleux of Scarborough (14-6) and Bob Adams of Brewer (11-9).