BANGOR, Maine — Week 3 of the high school football season offers a mix of scenarios, among them early showdowns of undefeated rivals, .500 teams whose seasons could go in either direction, and a homecoming of sorts a week before the actual homecoming.
Deering (0-2) at Bangor (1-1), 1 p.m. Saturday, Cameron Stadium
That third scenario will play out in this Class A clash, as Bangor will return to its true home field after playing its preseason game and scheduled home opener against Edward Little of Auburn at Husson University while new bleacher seating for 2,800 fans was installed as the first part of ongoing upgrades at Cameron Stadium.
“The kids are excited, because it seems like we haven’t played home in forever,” said Bangor coach Mark Hackett, whose team hosts its official homecoming game against Portland next weekend.
Bangor, coming off a 34-7 loss at Scarborough last Friday night, will be playing its first game on natural grass this season against a Deering of Portland squad that uses an uptempo offense that will require a disciplined defensive response.
“They run shotgun with four wides and a lot of quick screens and bubble screens,” said Hackett, of Deering, which dropped a 45-19 decision to Portland last week. “The keys will be tackling, getting off blocks, rallying to the ball, and hopefully making more big plays than they do.”
Cony (2-0) at Brunswick (2-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Crimmins Field
Last week’s Eastern B game of the week produced a blowout, with Mt. Blue of Farmington defeating Lawrence of Fairfield 39-0 to hand the Bulldogs their first regular-season loss since 2009.
This week’s game of the week offers the potential for plenty of fireworks, as Cony of Augusta and Brunswick already have combined to score 201 points, albeit in different ways.
Cony features senior quarterback Ben Lucas, who has passed for 563 yards and seven touchdowns in wins over Messalonskee of Oakland and Brewer. Brunswick fancies more of a rushing approach with Lucas McClure leading the way.
Skowhegan (2-0) at Hampden Academy (1-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Weatherbee Complex
After road trips to Farmington and Gorham to open their season, the Broncos finally get to come home.
Hampden welcomed senior quarterback Matt Martin back to the lineup last weekend as coach Kevin Canty’s club used its fast-paced attack to defeat Gorham 72-8 in rebounding from an opening-night loss at Mt. Blue, the reigning Class B state champion..
Skowhegan is coming off a 14-6 victory over Messalonskee of Oakland last Friday night as Kaleb Brown rushed for nearly 200 yards out of the Indians’ spread formation.
Mount Desert Island (2-0) at Winslow (2-0), 1 p.m. Saturday, Poulin Field
This Class C matchup could be one of the shortest games of the weekend, with both teams relying on their rushing attacks.
MDI has gotten off to its fast start thanks to its time-consuming T-formation, with Teagan Candage churning out 474 yards and three touchdowns on just 34 carries in victories over Madison-Carrabec and Hermon. Coach Mark Shields’ club has averaged 420 yards of total offense in those two games.
Winslow features a two-pronged running attack involving fullback Zack Guptill and halfback Dylan Hapworth, who have led 29-year head coach Mike Siviski and the Black Raiders past Belfast and Camden Hills of Rockport.
Belfast (1-1) at Foxcroft Academy (2-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Oakes Field, Dover-Foxcroft
Two other Class C contenders square off at Foxcroft’s homecoming.
The host Ponies have been led by the running tandem of senior fullback Corey Bjornson and junior halfback Peter Boyer, who have combined for 681 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in victories over Hermon and Old Town.
Belfast has been the more tested team early in the season, with a hard-fought 28-12 loss at Winslow followed by a 42-21 win at home over Madison-Carrabec last Saturday night. Greg Clark has more than 200 rushing yards for the Lions so far this season, while Mike McFadden had 149 rushing yards and senior quarterback Zach Collier accounted for three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) in the win over Madison-Carrabec.
Mattanawcook Academy (2-0) at Orono (1-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Mattanawcook matched its victory output for the entire 2012 season with its 42-26 victory at Mount View of Thorndike last Saturday afternoon.
Coach Bill McCarthy’s club gets its stiffest test to date at Orono, which welcomed back brothers Cameron and Christian Mowrer to the lineup last weekend after both had missed the Red Riots’ season-opening loss to Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield. That duo combined for 273 rushing yards as coach Bob Sinclair’s squad topped Washington Academy of East Machias 53-19.
Correction: An earlier version of this story requires correction. Lawrence was last beaten during the regular season in 2009, not 2008.