Old Town's TJ Crawford (left) fights for yards with Foxcroft Academy's James Smith during their Class C North football semifinal game at Victory Field in Old Town in this November 2015 file photo.

BDN Game of the Week: Old Town hosts Belfast in quest for playoff spot

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
The Coyotes (2-2) and the Lions (1-3) are trying to stay in the hunt for one of six postseason spots up for grabs in the Class B North football ranks.
Maine Black Bears head coach Joe Harasymiak reacts from the sideline as they take on the Connecticut Huskies in the first quarter on Sept. 1 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Central Florida, UMass will be UMaine football team’s next FBS opponents

By Larry Mahoney on Sept. 27, 2016, at 7:59 p.m.
The University of Maine football team will again play two Football Bowl Subdivision teams next season as the Black Bears will travel to play the University of Central Florida at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando on Sept. 30 and the University of Massachusetts at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst on …
University of Maine's Darrius Hart (left) tackles James Madison's Khalid Abdullah during their football game at Alfond Stadium in Orono Saturday.

Opponents’ big plays haunt UMaine football team

By Larry Mahoney on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8:24 p.m.
One of the problem areas in the University of Maine football team’s 0-3 start has been the big plays allowed by the defense.

Husson football team shuts out Alfred State; MMA falls to MIT

on Sept. 24, 2016, at 9:24 p.m.
BANGOR | Obie Christmas rushed for two touchdowns and John Smith compiled 153 yards on the ground as Husson University used a balanced attack to defeat Alfred State 35-0 at the Winkin Complex on Saturday. The 2-1 Eagles raced out to a 28-0 lead at halftime and did not …

Hampden football eludes feisty Mt. Blue

By Tony Blasi, Sun Journal on Sept. 24, 2016, at 12:47 p.m.
It has been a football season of “almosts” and “what ifs” for the Mt. Blue Cougars.
University of Maine's Darian Davis-Ray runs up field past James Madison during their football game at Alfond Stadium in Orono Saturday.

James Madison wears down mistake-prone UMaine football team

By Larry Mahoney on Sept. 24, 2016, at 11:42 a.m.
ORONO, Maine —- In a close game, the team more used to winning is the one that finds ways to make pivotal plays down the stretch. That was the case at Alfond Stadium on Saturday afternoon as 11th-ranked James Madison University converted two interceptions into long touchdown runs by the …
Bangor's Luke Tuell (left) is hit by Lewiston's Tanner Cortes and fumbles the football during their football game at Cameron Stadium in Bangor on Friday.

Reserve punt returner powers Lewiston past Bangor

By Larry Mahoney on Sept. 24, 2016, at 8:26 a.m.
Lewiston High School senior split end-defensive back Desmond Jackson isn’t the regular Blue Devil punt returner.

Brewer football team outlasts Skowhegan to stay undefeated

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 24, 2016, at 8:22 a.m.
Brewer and Skowhegan didn’t exactly put on a defensive clinic on Friday night, but the Witches’ Trey Wood was their best defense in the fourth quarter.

National Football League roundup

By Reuters on Sept. 24, 2016, at 8:18 a.m.
Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers within hours of being released from jail on Friday. Seferian-Jenkins, 23, was arrested early Friday morning and charged with driving under the influence. “We are very disappointed in today’s news,” Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. …

Weekend Maine high school football scores

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 8:23 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL Saturday’s Results Biddeford 20, Westbrook 7 Gardiner 21, Nokomis 19 Kennebunk 35, York 6 Morse 26, Noble 21Story continues below advertisement. Oak Hill 21, Medomak Valley 0 Thornton Acad. 17, Windham 13 Traip Acad. 41, Maranacook 16 Friday’s Results Belfast 34, John Bapst 8 Bonny Eagle 52, Massabesic …

TV, radio schedule for Sept 24-25, 2016

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 6:03 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR, Camping World Truck, UNOH 175, qualifying, 10 a.m., race, 1 p.m., FS1-TV; WNZS Veazie (1340 AM), WEZR Lewiston (92.7 FM), WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM) radio NHRA, qualifying, 11:30 a.m., FS1-TV NASCAR, Sprint Cup, qualifying, 4:30 p.m., NBCSN-TVStory continues below advertisement. NASCAR, XFINITY, The …
Wide receiver Micah Wright, pictured making a diving catch during a game in 2015, returns to action after a two-game suspension as the University of Maine faces James Madison University on Saturday at Alfond Stadium in Orono.

Suspended wideout returns as UMaine hosts James Madison

By Larry Mahoney on Sept. 23, 2016, at 5:08 p.m.
A well-rested University of Maine football team welcomes top receiver Micah Wright back into its lineup.
New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) dives for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night. The Patriots won 27-0, but their third-string quarterback is expected to be sidelined with a thumb injury.

Uh-oh: Another Patriots QB sidelined by injury

By The Sports Xchange on Sept. 23, 2016, at 2:41 p.m.
New England Patriots rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett could miss several weeks with a torn right thumb ligament suffered in Thursday night’s 27-0 win over the Houston Texans. WEEI radio in Boston reported Brissett, a third-round pick making his first career start because of Jimmy Garoppolo’s shoulder injury, would require surgery. …

BDN Football Forecast, Week 4 predictions

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 1:38 p.m.
Here are the picks of the Bangor Daily News staff and guests for the fourth week of the Football Forecast.
Darius Greene (middle) of the University of Maine lines up along the line of scrimmage during last Saturday's game at Toledo. The senior nose guard has been a quiet yet powerful presence on the Black Bears' defensive front.

This senior defensive lineman is an unsung hero for UMaine

By Larry Mahoney on Sept. 23, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“He’s everything you would want in a kid. You’d want 90 of them on your team.”
 New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs past Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson (25) for a touchdown during the second half at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday  night.

Brissett, Patriots embarrass Texans

By The Sports Xchange on Sept. 22, 2016, at 11:56 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — Rookie Jacoby Brissett, making his first NFL start, got plenty of help from the visiting Texans in the New England Patriots’ 27-0 rout of Houston on Thursday night. Brissett, playing for injured Jimmy Garoppolo, who was playing for the suspended Tom Brady, ran a bootleg 27 yards …

TV radio sports schedule for Sept. 23, 2016

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 5:10 p.m.
AUTO RACING NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, practice at Loudon, New Hampshire, 11:30 a.m.; qualifying, 4:30 p.m., NBCSP-TV NASCAR XFINITY Series, practice, 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m., NBCSP-TV NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, practice at Loudon, New Hampshire, 3:30 p.m., FS1-TV NHRA Drag Racing, qualifying, 7 p.m., FS1-TVStory continues below advertisement. ARCA …

Unbeaten Brewer, Skowhegan meet in ‘B’ North football clash

By Larry Mahoney on Sept. 22, 2016, at 4:23 p.m.
Brewer and Skowhegan have built up a nice little rivalry over the past 12 months and Friday night’s game between the two Class B North unbeatens headlines an intriguing weekend of high school football. Both teams were 3-0 a year ago when they met at Clark Field in Skowhegan and …
Trey Wood of Brewer High School (right) runs for a big gain during a 2015 game against Cony. The Witches face Skowhegan on Friday at Doyle Field in a battle of Class B North unbeatens.

Battle of unbeatens: Brewer hosts Skowhegan in BDN football game of the week

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 3:58 p.m.
Doyle Field in Brewer will be the venue on Friday night as the Bangor Daily News and SportsNet Maine present the third live streamed football game of the 2016 season.
Bowdoin College head football coach J.B. Wells addresses the Polar Bears during a game in 2015. Bowdoin opens its 125th gridiron season on Saturday with a NESCAC contest at Middlebury.

Bowdoin set to open 125th football season

By Jim Caton, Bowdoin College athletics on Sept. 22, 2016, at 2:51 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College football team will open its 125th season on Saturday when they travel to Vermont to battle Middlebury College. The Polar Bears are entering their second season under head coach JB Wells, who steered the team to a 2-6 record in his first year at …