Brunswick High School football coach Dan Cooper realized early last season that he had to find a way to get Rashon Edgerton the ball more often.
He moved the versatile Edgerton from wide receiver to running back, which helped spark the 9-2 Dragons’ run to the Pine Tree Conference Class A championship game.
Edgerton, who also excelled as a free safety and kick returner, made an impression that extended beyond the PTC.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder on Thursday signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at the University of Maine beginning in the fall.
“It’s a reflection of his work ethic and how good we were as a team,” Cooper said. “We’re tickled that he did it and I think he really earned it with his hard work.”
Edgerton is the only instate player to earn a scholarship with coach Jack Cosgrove’s Black Bears so far during the signing period.
He was as versatile as he was talented last season. In eight regular-season games, Edgerton rushed for 367 yards on 62 carries and scored five touchdowns.
As a receiver, he made 22 receptions for 372 yards and five scores. He also registered 30 tackles with five interceptions.
Edgerton was an All-PTC first-team selection as a utility player and earned first-team, all-state honors from the Portland Press Herald.
“He’s a great athlete,” Cooper said. “He can outrun guys or outjump them. He’s really explosive.”
Edgerton, who is averaging 14.5 points and 3.8 assists this winter for the Brunswick basketball team, also is an exemplary student. Cooper said he holds a 90 average while taking Advanced Placement courses.
Cooper said Edgerton did receive some recruiting attention from other schools, but that UMaine had been in close contact since his junior season.
Edgerton is the first Brunswick football product to play at UMaine since Devin Shepard in 2004. Jimmy Pedersen (2001-02) is another former Dragon to play for the Bears.
Bradfords earn academic honors
Academic excellence is a way of life in the Bradford household.
Brock and Shelby (Pickering) Bradford, the dynamic husband-and-wife basketball standouts at Husson University, have been recognized as academic All-Americans for the second straight year.
The Bradfords were named to ESPN The Magazine’s Basketball Academic All-America District 1 College Division First Team. The award is voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Brock Bradford, a Husson senior from Kenduskeag, owns a 3.97 grade point average while studying for an undergraduate accounting degree and a master’s in business. He has been sidelined by a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Shelby Bradford, a senior for the Eagles who hails from Lee, boasts a 3.83 GPA in psychology and also is working toward a master’s in physical therapy.
She ranks second in the North Atlantic Conference while averaging 18.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. She leads the league with a .535 field-goal percentage.
Two other Maine college players received Academic All-District 1 honors. University of Maine-Farmington senior Josh Tanguay of Gorham, who has a 3.90 GPA in psychology, was a second-team pick in the College Division, while Alison Cappelloni of Colby College in Waterville (3.39 GPA, English) was named to the third team.