ORONO, Maine — The extra points were the difference Friday night as Leavitt of Turner Center outlasted Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 30-24 to capture the Class C football state championship at Alfond Stadium on the campus of the University of Maine.
Leavitt scored two-point conversions after three of its four touchdowns, while MCI came up empty on extra-point tries after each of its four scores with a missed kick followed by three two-point tries that were unsuccessful.
“Two-point conversions are big for us because we really haven’t kicked the ball all year,” said Leavitt coach Mike Hathaway, whose team finished the season 12-0 and won its first state title since 2013. “We went in with a few extra two-point plays this week and worked on them hard [Thursday] right at the end of practice, that’s the last thing we did.
“We converted enough of them to make the difference.”