A weekend doubleheader of championship battles at Hampden Academy highlights Week 11 of the high school football season, with the Class D North final set for Friday night followed by the Class C North title game Saturday afternoon.
Other North and South regional finals are scheduled around the state this weekend, along with Class A semifinal battles sending No. 3 Scarborough to No. 2 Bonny Eagle of Standish on Friday night and No. 4 Oxford Hills of South Paris at No. 1 and defending state champion Thornton Academy of Saco on Saturday.
Also on the docket is the first state championship game for eight-player football as Mt. Ararat of Topsham and Old Orchard Beach collide Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Class D North
No. 2 Dexter Tigers (8-1) vs. No. 1 Bucksport Golden Bucks (8-0), 6 p.m. Friday at Hampden Academy: These teams last met more than two months ago, with Bucksport churning out 453 rushing yards en route to a 43-7 victory at Carmichael Field in Bucksport on Sept. 13.
Neither team has lost since that Week 2 clash, with Dexter riding a seven-game winning streak and Bucksport winning all six of its games.
Dexter’s challenge remains to slow Bucksport’s physical, relentless rushing attack, a ground game that last week generated more than 500 yards during the Golden Bucks’ 49-12 semifinal elimination of two-time defending league champion Foxcroft Academy last week.
Josh Miller rushed for 313 yards and two touchdowns against the Ponies while freshman Jaxon Gross rushed for 192 yards and three scores. That duo combined for 358 rushing yards and six touchdowns in the earlier meeting with Dexter behind the Bucks’ big offensive line.