BANGOR, Maine — Bangor’s Cody Chapman had an impressive season debut for the Bangor High School football team on Friday night, rushing for 241 yards on 19 carries, including touchdown sprints of 98 and 46 yards.
Unfortunately for the senior running back and the rest of the Rams, the performance couldn’t match what Brunswick’s Jared Jensen accomplished against the Bangor defense.
Jensen, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior, made it more than 40 percent of the way to the 1,000-yard plateau in one game, rushing for 428 yards and five touchdowns on 37 carries as the Dragons upended Bangor 36-28.
The touchdowns came largely on big plays, with runs of 55, 48, 84 and 75 yards to go with a 3-yard scoring rush as Jensen quick-footed his way through the line and then found open space to the end zone.
“If you score three times you should be able to win a high school football team, but we’re going to have some of these because we’re not a great defensive team,” said Bangor coach Mark Hackett. “That bothers me, I take it personal because it’s as much coaching as it is playing. The kids are willing, we’ve just got to get them going.”
Jensen is a two-time Class A wrestling state champion, at 130 pounds as a sophomore and at 152 pounds last winter, and that athleticism was on display in Brunswick’s Wing T and power I sets behind an offensive front that successfully double-teamed Bangor’s defensive linemen.
Bangor scored on its first two possessions to take a 15-0 lead, only to have the Brunswick defense stop the Rams inside Dragons’ territory twice during the second quarter as well as return an interception to the Bangor 6 to set up Jensen’s 3-yard score.
“It’s always our defense,” said Hackett. “Our offense played fine. They stopped us a couple of times in big situations and we threw an interception, but it’s about stops on defense.”
The loss leaves Bangor with a greater sense of urgency as it prepares to visit reigning Pine Tree Conference Class A champion Lawrence in a rematch of their 2011 final at Keyes Field in Fairfield on Friday night.
Lawrence is coming off a 39-16 win at Edward Little of Auburn on Saturday, a game in which the Bulldogs led 39-0 after three quarters.
“Now we can talk about Lawrence because we’ve got them [this] week,” said Hackett. “Buckle up.”
Around the state
Perhaps a bigger upset than Brunswick’s win over Bangor came at Wales, where Oak Hill scored on the opening kickoff and went on to a 33-7 rout of two-time defending Class C state champion Yarmouth, ending the Clippers’ 24-game winning streak.
The win was a memorable debut for Stacen Doucette in his first game as the Raiders’ head coach.
Joel Wells returned the opening kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown, and from there Oak Hill cruised to victory.
Yarmouth also had a new head coach in Chris Pingitore, a former Clippers’ assistant who replaced Jim Hartman, now the head coach at Portland High School.
While Yarmouth’s winning streak was halted, two other long streaks remained intact. Two-time defending Class A state champion Cheverus extended its winning streak to 25 games with a 43-6 rout of Sanford, as Donald Goodrich and Brent Green combined to rush for more than 240 yards and three touchdowns.
And Leavitt of Turner Center, the three-time defending Pine Tree Conference Class B champion, ran its conference winning streak to 34 games by topping Hampden Academy 27-17.
Three touchdowns late in the first half gave the Hornets the cushion it needed, with junior quarterback Tyler Chicoine engineering a successful two-minute drill near the end of the second quarter before finding Mitch Davis with a 20-yard scoring pass to give the Hornets a 21-3 lead at the break.
Hampden’s only lead came at 3-0 early in the second quarter on a 27-yard field goal by Logan Steward.