At Bucksport, the fifth-seeded Tigers’ quarterfinal upset bid came up short when they missed a 40-yard field goal with 15 seconds left and the No. 4 Golden Bucks escaped with an LTC victory.
Matthew Stewart had rallied Bucksport (7-2) back into the lead in the final minutes when he threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gray, then completed a conversion toss to Mitchell Burgess to provide the winning margin.
The game was tied 14-all in the fourth quarter after Dexter’s Andrew Levenselor peeled off a 63-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Bucksport regained the lead when Jack Cyr raced 92 yards with the ensuing kickoff.
The Tigers (6-3) responded with 13 unanswered points on Trevor Fogarty’s 23-yard scoring pass to Dylan Graffam and a 34-yard TD connection with Joseph Wing that made it 27-20 Dexter.
Nick Bishop staked the hosts to a 14-0 advantage with a 2-yard TD run in the second quarter and a 1-yard scoring plunge in the third period. Gray added both PAT kicks.
Dexter 0 0 6 21 — 27
Bucksport 0 7 7 14 — 28
B — Bishop 2 run (Gray kick)
B — Bishop 1 run (Gray kick)
D — Levesellor 8 run (kick failed)
D — Levenselor 63 run (Levenselor rush)
B — Cyr 92 kickoff return (kick failed)
D — Graffam 23 pass from Fogarty (Crane kick)
D — Wing 34 pass from Fogarty (kick failed)
B — Gray 60 pass from Stewart (Burgess pass from Stewart)