Football

  • Coronavirus leads to cancellation of Shrine Lobster Bowl

    Coronavirus leads to cancellation of Shrine Lobster Bowl

    SACO — There will be no Shrine Lobster Bowl this year after officials announced last week that they would be canceling this summer’s game as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Lobster Bowl, which features the top senior football players from across the state, pits East against West in an all-star game of

  • MPA Football Committee approves classification changes for 2020

    MPA Football Committee approves classification changes for 2020

    ELLSWORTH — Changes are coming to the Hancock County high school football scene in 2020 after Maine Principals’ Association Football Committee approved new classification changes Monday. The new season will see 16 additional teams make the move from 11-man football to eight-man football. Ellsworth/Sumner was part of the new format last season, and the 2020

  • Ellsworth/Sumner’s Crawford to play football at MMA

    Ellsworth/Sumner’s Crawford to play football at MMA

    ELLSWORTH — One of the area’s top football players is set to continue his career right here in Hancock County. Connor Crawford will trade the maroon and white for blue and gold this fall as he suits up for Maine Maritime Academy. The Ellsworth High School senior informed the MMA coaching staff of the decision

  • Bucksport’s Gross commits to University of Maine

    Bucksport’s Gross commits to University of Maine

    ORONO — Bucksport’s David Gross will continue his football career at the college level next season when he plays for the University of Maine. Gross, a senior lineman at Bucksport, announced via social media Sunday that he had committed to the Black Bears. The senior traveled to Orono on Saturday for his official campus visit.

  • Bucksport football’s Gross named Gaziano finalist

    Bucksport football’s Gross named Gaziano finalist

    BUCKSPORT — Bucksport’s David Gross was announced Thursday as one of three finalists for the Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive Lineman Award. Gross was one of three finalists for the award along with Leavitt’s Riley Parmenter and Thornton Academy’s Jack Rogers. The three were chosen from a list of five semifinalists after seven offensive linemen

  • Number of 8-man football teams to increase significantly in 2020

    Number of 8-man football teams to increase significantly in 2020

    By Steve Craig Portland Press Herald AUGUSTA — The number of Maine high schools playing eight-man football is likely to more than double this fall, continuing the transition from the traditional 11-man game at many of the state’s smaller schools. Eight-man football, which debuted in Maine last fall with 10 teams, could expand to 21-

  • THE YEAR IN PICTURES: Eight-man football arrives in Ellsworth

    THE YEAR IN PICTURES: Eight-man football arrives in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — 2019 marked the inaugural season for the Maine Principals’ Association’s eight-man football class, and one local program was part of history as one of the new classification’s 10 founding members. Ellsworth/Sumner, which entered the season with a roster size of just 15 players, found itself at home in a new league that made

  • MDI football team set to join 8-man ranks in 2020

    MDI football team set to join 8-man ranks in 2020

    BAR HARBOR — Eight-man football is coming to Mount Desert Island High School next fall because of a shortage of players for the traditional 11-man squad. MDI will join the 10 high schools in Maine that switched to the eight-man format this year. Athletic Director Bunky Dow told the high school board Monday night that