The Class A battle between undefeated Cheverus of Portland and once-beaten Bonny Eagle of Standish will kick off Saturday’s triple-header of high school football state championship games at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
School and Maine Principals’ Association officials met at the stadium Monday morning to firm up plans for the the three-game day, which will feature title contests in Class A, C and D.
The Class A game between Eastern Maine champion Cheverus (10-0) and Western winner Bonny Eagle (9-1) will start at 11 a.m., followed at 2:30 p.m. by the Class D match between Eastern champion Bucksport (10-0) and Western winner Oak Hill of Wales (9-2).
The Class C game between Eastern winner Winslow (9-1) and Western champion Leavitt of Turner Center (10-0) will cap off Saturday’s action with a 6 p.m. opening kickoff.
Cheverus will be seeking its third Class A state title in four years after winning back-to-back crowns in 2010 and 2011. Bonny Eagle is back in the state final for the first time since winning four championships between 2004 and 2008.
Bucksport, state champions in 2004, will be playing in its second final in three years against an Oak Hill team that last played for a state crown in 1984 and last won it all in 1982.
Winslow, representing Western Maine a year ago, lost to Foxcroft Academy 22-20 in the Class C state championship game. The Black Raiders last won a state title in 2001 while competing in Class B.
Leavitt, down from Class B this year, played in three straight state finals representing Eastern Maine between 2009 and 2011. They won the gold ball in 2009.
This year’s Class B state final between Eastern champion Cony of Augusta (9-2) and Western champion Kennebunk (11-0) will be 7 p.m. Friday, at Morse Field on the University of Maine campus in Orono.
Cony will be seeking its first state championship in football, while Kennebunk will be competing in its first state final since 1999 and is after its first championship since 1991.
The Class B matchup will be the first football state final played in Orono since the 1999 Class A title game in which South Portland defeated Oxford Hills of South Paris.
The shift of a state championship game back to Orono resulted from the Maine Principals’ Association’s decision earlier this year to expand Maine high school football from three to four classes for the first time since 1986.
The Eastern champions in Classes A and B and the Western champions in Classes C and D have been designated as home teams for this year’s state games.