It’s Week 7 of the high school football season, when nearly every game has some meaning for teams trying to earn top seeds, clinch home-field advantage or merely secure a playoff berth.
Foxcroft Academy Ponies (6-0) at Bucksport Golden Bucks (4-2), 7 p.m. Friday: Foxcroft can clinch the No. 1 seed for LTC Class C playoffs with a win on the road against the defending conference champs.
Foxcroft has been utterly dominant in winning its first six games, outscoring its opposition 322-8, both state-best totals regardless of class. The Ponies have defeated their last three opponents — Stearns of Millinocket, Orono and John Bapst of Bangor, all teams that entered those games undefeated — by a combined 124-0.
And as much as Foxcroft’s scoring average of 53.7 points per game is impressive, consider the defensive side. The Ponies’ first-team defense has yet to allow a touchdown, and coach Danny White’s club has yielded just 430 total yards through six games combined, an average of 71.4 yards per contest.
Bucksport, which eliminated Foxcroft in last year’s LTC semifinals, ranks third in the conference in both total offense (271.7 ypg) and total defense (178.8 ypg) after last weekend’s 40-12 victory over Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln.
Mount Desert Island Trojans (3-3) at Hampden Academy Broncos (5-1), 7 p.m. Friday: This has developed into one of the better Pine Tree Conference Class B rivalries of recent vintage.
The teams have split their last six meetings, with five of the six victories going to the home team, including MDI’s 22-7 win over Hampden at Bar Harbor last fall.
Hampden is riding a five-game winning streak and ranks as the state’s top-scoring Class B team at 39.3 points per game as it seeks to secure home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs in two weeks.
MDI currently holds the seventh seed in the division after a 43-8 win over Nokomis of Newport last weekend.
Old Town Coyotes (1-5) at Belfast Lions (2-4), 7 p.m. Friday: This marks a homecoming of sorts for first-year Old Town head coach Nick Arthers, who starred on the gridiron at Belfast during his playing days and served as an assistant coach at his alma mater before taking the head job with the Coyotes.
Old Town is coming off its first win of the season, a 36-28 victory over a Morse of Bath team that currently is battling Madison-Carrabec, Oceanside of Rockland and Belfast for the final Pine Tree Conference Class B playoff berth.
Belfast had won two of its last three games before suffering a 46-18 loss at Brewer on Friday night.
Bangor Rams (2-4) at Lewiston Blue Devils (1-5), 7 p.m. Friday: Bangor needs a miracle to earn a Class A playoff berth but can still salvage a winning season with victories over Lewiston, Messalonskee of Oakland and Skowhegan in its last three games.
Coming off a last-minute 22-15 loss to Oxford Hills of South Paris last Friday, the Rams will visit a young Lewiston team that has lost its last five contests.
Cony Rams (5-1) vs. Lawrence Bulldogs (6-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Fairfield: Here’s the game of the year to date in the Pine Tree Conference Class A ranks, with defending champion Lawrence facing a Cony team having its best season in recent memory.
Cony junior quarterback Ben Lucas is in the midst of a landmark season, completing 113 of 199 passes for 1,525 yards and a school-record 22 touchdowns — including six last week in a win over Skowhegan — and just five interceptions.
Yet it’s Lawrence that is the highest-scoring Class A team in the state, averaging 47.3 points per game while extending its current regular-season winning streak to 23 games entering its homecoming contest at Keyes Field.
Overall, coach John Hersom’s Bulldogs have won 59 of their last 60 regular-season contests entering the final three games of its 2012 schedule against Cony, Brunswick and Messalonskee of Oakland — teams with a combined 15-3 record this fall.
Cheverus Stags (6-0) vs. Thornton Academy Trojans (6-0), 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Saco: And here’s the game of the year in Western Maine Class A, with two-time defending state champion Cheverus seeking to equal the Class A state record of 31 consecutive victories against a Thornton Academy team picked by many southern Maine observers as the preseason favorite to advance to next month’s state championship game.
Cheverus has yielded a Class A-fewest 27 points so far this season to complement an offense featuring running backs Donald Goodrich and Brent Green — though Green left the Stags’ 21-7 win over Bonny Eagle of Standish last weekend with an apparent leg injury.
Thornton Academy, which lost to Cheverus in last year’s Western Maine final, is led by Andrew Libby, a junior running back who scored three touchdowns in the Trojans’ 35-14 win over Windham last week.
Brewer Witches (4-2) at Waterville Purple Panthers (4-2), 1 p.m. Saturday: The winner of this game should remain alive for a chance to host a first-round game in the PTC Class B playoffs, while the loser likely will have to settle for a road quarterfinal.
Both teams are coming off high-scoring victories, with Brewer defeating Belfast 46-18 and Waterville topping Madison-Carrabec 42-20 last week, and both will have a challenging regular-season finale next week when Brewer hosts 5-1 Hampden Academy while Waterville visits league-leading Mt. Blue of Farmington (6-0).