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Game times announced for high school football state finals

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Bucksport High School wide receiver Jon Geagan gets a congratulatory hug from his dad Sean Geagan who is also an assistant coach for the team. Bucksport defeated Orono 25-14 in their Eastern Maine LTC Class C Championship in Bucksport Saturday afternoon, Nov. 12, 2011. Bucksport will play Yarmouth for the Class C state title Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Stadium.
By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

PORTLAND — The Class A final between Lawrence of Fairfield and Cheverus of Portland will kick off Saturday’s high school football state championship tripleheader to be held at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

The Lawrence-Cheverus game is scheduled for an 11:06 a.m. start, followed at 2:36 p.m. by the Class C title game between Bucksport and Yarmouth. The Class B final between Leavitt of Turner Center and Wells is slated for a 6 p.m. start.

Officials from the Maine Principals’ Association and each of the participating schools met at the stadium Monday morning to go over various logistics related to the games as well as to determine game times, which generally are based on geographic factors.

All six of the teams in this year’s state championship games are undefeated and entered postseason play as No. 1 seeds in their respective divisions.

Cheverus brings a 23-game winning streak into the Class A final, having gone unbeaten since losing in the 2009 Western Maine Class A championship game. The Stags, 11-0 this season, defeated Bangor 46-8 in last year’s state title game and defeated second-ranked Thornton Academy of Saco 21-10 in last Saturday’s Western Maine final.

Lawrence, also 11-0 this season, will be playing in its third state final in the last six years after defeating two-time defending Eastern A champion Bangor 40-14 in last Friday night’s regional final. The Bulldogs are the last Eastern Maine team to win the Class A state title, having edged Gorham 14-13 in the 2006 championship game.

Leavitt (11-0) will be making its third straight trip to the Class B state final, having defeated Cape Elizabeth 35-21 in 2009 and falling to Mountain Valley of Rumford 20-0 last year. The Hornets, 11-0 this season and winners of 22 of its last 23 games, edged Mt. Blue of Farmington 22-21 in two overtimes in last Friday’s Eastern Maine championship game.

Wells is making its first trip to the state championship game since edging Belfast 32-30 in the 1997 final. The Warriors (11-0) defeated defending state champion Mountain Valley 10-0 in last Saturday’s Western B final.

Bucksport is back in the Class C state final for the first time since winning it all in 2004 with a 42-20 victory over Jay. The 11-0 Golden Bucks defeated Orono 25-14 in last Saturday LTC championship game.

Yarmouth (11-0) will attempt to win its second straight Class C state title in just its fifth year as a varsity program. The Clippers, who defeated Stearns of Millinocket 34-6 in the 2010 championship game, extended their winning streak to 23 games with a 14-0 victory over Traip Academy of Kittery in the Western Maine final played Saturday.

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