MILLINOCKET, Maine — The Town Council will recognize the outstanding achievements of Stearns High School’s powerhouse football team when councilors meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
That the Minutemen fell just shy of a perfect season with their 34-6 loss to Yarmouth High School in the Class C state final in Portland on Saturday doesn’t much diminish the luster of the team’s 11-1 season in the eyes of town leaders, Town Manager Eugene Conlogue said.
“This is a super-talented bunch of football players who have been together a very long time,” Conlogue said Monday. “To go undefeated right up to their last game is a very great accomplishment. Every other team in Class C envies them for having made that final game and they represented themselves well.”
Though the team has been solid over the past several years, Saturday’s game was Stearns’ first trip to the state final since 1998. Stearns is the state’s smallest football-playing school, with a listed enrollment of 197.
This year’s edition of the Minutemen was just about as flawless as its regular-season record. Senior tailback and linebacker Billy Eurich ran for 1,300 yards and helped fourth-year starting quarterback Jared McGreevy steer Stearns’ offense to an average 31.7 points per outing.
Going into the final game, Stearns’ first-team defense had allowed just three touchdown drives all season.
Conlogue said he hoped the entire team would make Tuesday’s meeting, but doubted it would. Basketball’s preseason practices have begun, and many football players are two-sport stars, he noted.
He called this year’s team a rebirth of the glory teams of Stearns’ past.
“There has been a lot of pride in Millinocket in Stearns football. That is what they have rekindled,” Conlogue said.