Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Previewing Western and Eastern Class C Finals

The 2010 Maine State Football Championships are another day closer to being settled. We'll start off with some key points on the Class C Games this weekend.

Eastern Class C
Saturday 1:00 PM
#2 John Bapst @ #1 Stearns

It's a contrast of styles: The offense of John Bapst against the defense of Stearns. Bapst is lead by quarterback Jordan Charpentier, who lead all of Easten Class C in Passing this season, completing 68 passes in 131 attempts for 1128 yards and 15 touchdowns. Max Andrews is the top target of Charpentier, with 20 catches for 263 yards and 3 touchdowns. The defense is led by Drew Priode and Andrew Caitlin, who combined for 5 interceptions on the season.

Stearns offense is a rushing based attack, and Billy Eurich leads the way with 973 yards and 12 touchdowns. The defense is what the team is built on, as the Minutemen have allowed only 48 total points this season. Eurich is also a force on defense with 113 tackles. Charlie Tapley has 110 tackles, and Brandon McLaughlin leads the team interceptions with 5.

In the previous meeting between these two teams in October, Stearns defense (and wind) shut down the high-flying Crusaders 21-7. Has Bapst learned from their mistakes in the previous meeting, or is Stearns just too tough? We'll find out Saturday afternoon.

Western Class C
Saturday 1PM
#2 Lisbon at #1 Yarmouth

Another match-up featuring the 2 top seeds, this time in the West, and another match-up of teams with contrasting styles. Lisbon beat Winthrop last week with back-up quarterback Ryan Riordan, a sophomore, who didn't have gaudy numbers in the win (4-11 72 yds 1 TD, 2 picks). Lisbon also played most of the game without Tobey Harrington, their starting tailback, who has an injured ankle. Riordan took over for Luke Caron, who was ruled academically ineligible before last week's game. The defense is led by liebackers Mike MacNamara, senior; Matt Nicholson, senior; and Zach Spulde, junior.

Yarmouth is a high-scoring team with playoff experience. They fell to Dirigo, the eventual state champion, in last year´s regional final. They're led by running backs Anders Overhaug and Nate Pingitore, who pushed the Clippers to an average of almost 50 points a game this season.

In a previous meeting between the two teams, Yarmouth edged Lisbon 16-14. Will Lisbon overcome Yarmouth this time around, or will the Clippers prove too much for the Grey hounds to run with?

So those are some names to watch. Will any of these names be the one who wins the Mr. Sparky "Sparkplug of the Game" on November 20th? Stay tuned...



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