The Ellsworth/Sumner football team shows off the Good Sportsmanship Award banner Nov. 19 at Cameron Stadium in Bangor. The Eagles were honored at halftime of the Class D title game for their upstanding conduct throughout the 2021 season. The Maine high school football season concluded with the weekend’s state championship games. MAINE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PHOTO

Football: Eagles win sportsmanship banner; state champs crowned



BANGOR — The Ellsworth/Sumner football team was rewarded this weekend for its upstanding conduct throughout the 2021 season.

Ellsworth/Sumner was presented Friday with eight-man football’s Large-School North Good Sportsmanship Award. The team was presented with the banner at halftime of the Class D championship game between Foxcroft and Winthrop/Monmouth at Cameron Stadium in Bangor.

Sportsmanship banners are voted on by league officials and opposing coaches at each classification level. Ellsworth/Sumner received the Good Sportsmanship Award for the third time after previously doing so in 2013 and 2016.

On the field, Foxcroft completed an undefeated season in Class D with a 19-16 victory over Winthrop/Monmouth in the state title game. The top-ranked Ponies (11-0) took the lead early in the fourth quarter and held off a late drive by the second-ranked Ramblers (8-2) to win their eighth state championship and first since 2012.

On Saturday, Thornton Academy and Marshwood added to their dynasties with Class A and Class B title wins, respectively. The Class A No. 1 Trojans (11-0) beat No. 2 Oxford Hills (8-2) 42-27 to win its fifth Gold Ball in nine seasons, and Class B South No. 3 Marshwood (9-3) topped North No. 1 Windham (9-1) 14-13 to win its fourth straight title and 22nd overall.

Later, Class C South No. 2 Cape Elizabeth (10-1) capped off the Fitzpatrick Stadium Saturday tripleheader with a 53-8 trouncing of North No. 2 Winslow (7-3). The state championship win was the first in program history for Cape, which lost the Class B championship game in 2009 and the Class C final in 2017.

Maine’s eight-man season concluded last Saturday with the Large-School and Small-School title games. South No. 1 Cheverus (8-0) beat North No. 1 Waterville (7-2) 56-0 to the win the Large-School crown, and South No. 3 Dexter (7-2) topped South No. 5 Maranacook (5-4) 34-30 for the Small-School title.

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