LEWISTON — It was far from the typical Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic, but a modified version of the event this year ended in victory for one local high school football player.
Team Gray claimed the title Saturday in a modified seven-on-seven Lobster Bowl event at Lewiston High School. The Gray squad, which included Ellsworth/Sumner’s Will Johnson, topped the four-team Pool A field before defeating Team Red in the tournament final to win the eight-team competition.
Team Gray began the day with a win over Yellow in pool play. The team then fell to defeats against the Purple and Green squads to tumble to the No. 3 playoff seed in the four-team pool.
In the playoffs, though, Gray would avenge both of its defeats as it topped Purple in the Pool A semifinals and Green in the pool championship game. The Gray squad then capped off the day with a 25-14 win over the Red team in the tournament final.
The seven-on-seven games played Saturday followed the same format as the contests held last fall after state guidelines rendered a traditional tackle season impossible. Although this year’s game was originally canceled, organizers decided instead to hold it in the modified format.
Ellsworth/Sumner’s Johnson was the lone Hancock County player to participate in this year’s Lobster Bowl. Johnson featured at running back and occasionally at quarterback for the Eagles on offense and was also one of the team’s top tacklers as a junior in 2019.
With the exception of last year, the Lobster Bowl, which functions as an all-star game for graduating senior football players, has been held every year since 1990. Participating players are required to raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children.