May 26, 2018
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MCI football team wins coin flip; Washington Academy secures final Eastern Maine playoff berth

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Mount Desert Island High School's Santos Henggeler (left) is tackled by Old Town High School's Braden Upshaw (bottom) and Logan Hildreth during the first half in Old Town Friday evening. MDI won 42-22 and the two teams will meet again this Friday night in Bar Harbor in a first-round playoff game.
By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

The quest for Eastern Maine high school playoff berths and positioning came down to the final games of the final regular-season weekend Saturday afternoon — as well as a coin flip.

Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield coach Tom Bertrand called tails Saturday morning to win a coin flip with Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln and the No. 2 seed for the Little Ten Conference Class D playoffs.

The coin flip was required because both teams finished 7-1, did not play each other, played identical schedules and lost to undefeated No. 1 seed Bucksport — leaving them tied in all other tiebreakers.

By winning the coin flip, MCI will join Bucksport in receiving a first-round bye for the six-team LTC playoffs that begin next Friday night.

Mattanawcook will host No. 6 Washington Academy of East Machias in a first-round game Friday night after WA earned the final playoff berth to be determined in Eastern Maine with a 35-33 victory at No. 7 Mount View of Thorndike on Saturday afternoon.

Mount View (3-5) entered the game ahead of WA in the Crabtree point ratings, but the victory earned coach Barry Terrill’s Raiders (3-5) its second straight playoff berth in just three years of varsity competition.

Next weekend’s other LTC quarterfinal sends No. 5 Dexter (3-5) to No. 4 Orono (5-3).

In Eastern A, top-ranked Cheverus (8-0) and No. 2 Portland (7-1) earned byes, while No. 3 Windham will host No. 6 Edward Little of Auburn (3-5) and No. 4 Bangor (4-4) will host No. 5 Lewiston (3-5).

The Bangor-Lewiston game, to be played at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cameron Stadium, will be a rematch of a Week 7 clash at Lewiston in which Bangor took the lead in the final minute only for Lewiston to score in the final seconds for a 31-29 win.

No. 1 Brunswick and No. 2 Cony of Augusta, both 6-2, earned Eastern B byes, with No. 6 Hampden Academy (5-3) at No. 3 Messalonskee of Oakland (5-3) and No. 5 Skowhegan (4-4) at No. 4 Mt. Blue of Farmington (5-3) in first-round games.

In Class C, Waterville (7-1) scored with 20.3 seconds left to defeat Winslow 25-21 in their Battle of the Bridge game Saturday, but Winslow (7-1) will be seeded first and Waterville second for postseason play. Both will receive a first-round bye.

Quarterfinals next Friday night will send No. 6 Old Town (4-4) to No. 3 Mount
Desert Island of Bar Harbor (6-2) and No. 5 Belfast (5-3) to No. 4 Foxcroft Academy (5-3).

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