The Brewer High School football team used an overtime victory over Cony of Augusta early last year as the first step in its recent resurgence.
Coach Nick Arthers’ club hopes a similar result against the Rams at Doyle Field on Friday night will put the Witches back on the winning track in Class B North as the second half of the regular season begins.
Cony Rams (2-2) at Brewer Witches (3-1), 7 p.m. Friday: This should be a battle of contrasting offenses, with Brewer’s versatile ground game featuring quarterback Logan Rogerson, halfback Dylan Severance and fullback Trey Wood matched against a Cony attack led by quarterback Taylor Heath, who already has passed for more than 1,000 yards this fall.
Brewer’s primary challenge will be pass defense as the Witches face a spread offense for the second straight game. Skowhegan quarterback Garrett McSweeney passed for three touchdowns in last Friday’s 21-14 victory over Brewer, and the Witches will have to keep Heath in check through defense and ball-control offense.
Skowhegan Indians (4-0) at Brunswick Dragons (4-0), 7 p.m. Friday: One of the state’s top games this week finds an unbeaten Skowhegan team that established itself with its Week 4 victory over Brewer challenging a Brunswick team motivated to return to the Class B state final after winning the regional title last fall.
Brunswick has outscored its opponents by an average of 30.2 points per game so far this fall behind senior fullback Will Bessey. Skowhegan counters with a spread attack choreographed by quarterback Garrett McSweeney, who has completed 50 of 94 passes for 753 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Old Town Coyotes (4-0) at Belfast Lions (2-2), 7 p.m. Friday: High-scoring Old Town will attempt to keep pace with defending state champion Winslow atop the Class C North standings but faces what should be a rugged road test against a Belfast team that has regrouped after an 0-2 start.
Old Town is averaging 39 points per game during its unbeaten start and scored on offense, defense and special teams during its 41-19 win over Foxcroft Academy last week.
Belfast must contain Old Town’s big-play ability with a defense that has yielded just one touchdown in each of its last two games, victories over Madison-Carrabec and John Bapst of Bangor.
Medomak Valley Panthers (4-0) vs. Mount View Mustangs (2-2), 1 p.m. Saturday at Thorndike: Medomak Valley has reached the midpoint of its first varsity season still undefeated, but the Panthers’ schedule takes a turn for the tougher over the next two weekends, first at Mount View and then next weekend at home against an undefeated Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield team that has outscored its opposition 246-18 through four games.
Medomak Valley has displayed defensive consistency — not yielding more than two touchdowns in a game — in conjunction with offensive growth. The Panthers have averaged 40.5 points in its last two victories.
Mount View is coming off back-to-back losses to MCI and Orono, but boasts a big front line and an array of capable backs led by senior Tyler Ripley in its continuing effort to pursue a Class D North playoff berth.
Ellsworth-Sumner Eagles (3-1) vs. Mattanawcook Academy (3-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Lincoln: Ellsworth-Sumner lost its first 25 games after reinstating varsity football in 2012 but now is riding a three-game win streak with victories over Washington Academy of East Machias, Stearns of Millinocket and last week’s forfeit over Camden Hills of Rockport.
Mattanawcook Academy represents a much more formidable measuring stick for how far the Eagles have progressed, but the Lynx will have to overcome the “MCI effect” in which each team undefeated Maine Central Institute has defeated so far this fall also has lost its next game.
MCI topped Mattanawcook 61-0 last Friday night.