School spirit strong at state championship football game

Posted Nov. 19, 2012, at 7:17 p.m.
Eighth-graders (from left) Kiana Letourneau, Emma King and Cassidy Quint cheer the Bulldogs at the state championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Eighth-graders (from left) Kiana Letourneau, Emma King and Cassidy Quint cheer the Bulldogs at the state championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Buy Photo
Kevin Guertin, a Lawrence alumnus, cheers the Bulldogs in the state championship game against Thornton Academy on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Kevin Guertin, a Lawrence alumnus, cheers the Bulldogs in the state championship game against Thornton Academy on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Buy Photo
Tim Robinson (left), Paul Carl and Doris Champagne, cheer behind a banner showing the team photo and the team at prayer before game, during the state championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Tim Robinson (left), Paul Carl and Doris Champagne, cheer behind a banner showing the team photo and the team at prayer before game, during the state championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Buy Photo
Morgan Boudreau wears Bulldog blue eyelashes made from feathers to show her school spirit on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Morgan Boudreau wears Bulldog blue eyelashes made from feathers to show her school spirit on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Buy Photo
In the end the Bulldog fans had to accept going home in second place for the second year in a row, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in  Portland.
In the end the Bulldog fans had to accept going home in second place for the second year in a row, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Portland. Buy Photo
Darcy Smith, mother of Lawrence wide receiver Aaron Lafrance, cheers at the start of the second half of the state championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Darcy Smith, mother of Lawrence wide receiver Aaron Lafrance, cheers at the start of the second half of the state championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Buy Photo
Sophomore cheerleader Mikaela Wyman does a back flip during the state championship game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Sophomore cheerleader Mikaela Wyman does a back flip during the state championship game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Buy Photo
Dennis Brassard, the team's manager, exhorts the crowd to cheer in the fourth quarter of the state championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Dennis Brassard, the team's manager, exhorts the crowd to cheer in the fourth quarter of the state championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Buy Photo
Phil Gadway plays trumpet in the Lawrence Bulldog marching band  at the state championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Phil Gadway plays trumpet in the Lawrence Bulldog marching band at the state championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Buy Photo
Portraits of the team's 19 seniors hang on a fence in front of the bleachers at the state championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Portraits of the team's 19 seniors hang on a fence in front of the bleachers at the state championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Buy Photo
April Sweatt displays a blanket commemorating her son Spencer's football career as a Lawrence Bulldog, at the state championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
April Sweatt displays a blanket commemorating her son Spencer's football career as a Lawrence Bulldog, at the state championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Buy Photo
Darcy Smith is consoled after her son's team lost the state championship game to Thornton Academy on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Darcy Smith is consoled after her son's team lost the state championship game to Thornton Academy on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Buy Photo

PORTLAND, Maine — There is nothing like a state championship football game to bring out the school spirit and nowhere was that more evident than on the sunny side of Fitzpatrick Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

That’s where the fans of the undefeated Lawrence Bulldogs packed the bleachers. They were on a mission to help their boys avenge last year’s crushing defeat in the Class A title game.

They drove down from Fairfield in cars painted with messages of support. Mothers arrived wearing their son’s jerseys; Father’s joined their children in the school band, and classmates painted their faces blue.

Throughout the game the stands rocked with the chant, “We are the Bulldogs, the mighty, mighty, Bulldogs!”

At the start of the second half Darcy Smith was exuberant. Wearing her son’s number 23, she raised her arms and cheered as her boy, wide receiver Aaron Lafrance, ran back out onto the field. Earlier Lafrance scored his first touchdown and the Bulldogs had the lead.

But in the end fans can only do so much and it was Thornton Academy who came out on top. Smith had to be consoled as the game came to an end.

Lucy Stewart, who was wearing her son Eriq’s number 62, also had tears in eyes.

“There are 19 seniors on the team and we’ve been together a long time,” she said. “It’s just so sad. But we’ll have a celebration when we get back. We’ll just let them know how proud we are.”

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