WINTHROP — The 2021 Hancock County football season has come to an end in the exact place it started.
Bucksport fell to a 46-27 road defeat in Saturday’s Class D quarterfinal game against Winthrop/Monmouth. The result eliminated Hancock County’s lone remaining football team from postseason contention.
Seventh-ranked Bucksport (2-6) fell behind 20-0 early as Winthrop/Monmouth scored three touchdowns in the opening quarter. The Golden Bucks’ lone score of the first half came as Ayden Maguire completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Hallett shortly before halftime.
After No. 2 Winthrop/Monmouth (6-1) added two more touchdowns on both sides of the break to stretch the lead to 32-8, Bucksport got another touchdown pass from Maguire to Hallett to pull within 16. Maguire and Hallett would connect for two more touchdowns, but it was not nearly enough as the Golden Bucks fell to a season-ending defeat.
Bucksport had opened the Hancock County football season Sept. 3 with a 41-20 road loss to Winthrop/Monmouth. As was the case in that Week 1 opener, the Golden Bucks had their moments in the passing game Saturday but could not stop the home team from coming through with a big offensive showing.
The result marks the first time since 2015 that all three Hancock County football teams have been eliminated by the first weekend of November. Mount Desert Island fell 50-40 to Waterville in last Friday’s eight-man Large-School North semifinals, and Ellsworth/Sumner fell 56-0 to the Trojans in an Oct. 22 play-in game.