Friday, May 24, 2013
Saturday’s Class A state championship game between Lawrence and Cheverus has the chance to be a memorable one. And that’s just what will happen, according to Dale Denis of Augusta, who used a simulation game he invented to “pre-play” the game Friday morning.
In Denis’ version, Lawrence won, 19-17.
“That was the best game I’ve ever played,” Denis said.
Denis said he played the entire regular season schedule for all Class A teams, and got 10 of the 12 playoff teams correct.
“I invented (the game) when I was in the military. It was just right after high school, I think 1981,” Denis said. “I did NFL for 15-16 years, and got eight championships right out of that.”
In Denis’ version of the state title game, Lawrence led 13-7 at halftime, thanks to some big defensive plays. The Bulldogs were ahead 19-14 and Cheverus drove inside the 10-yard line before being pushed back by a penalty and settling for a field goal.
Down 19-17, Cheverus drove toward the end zone again, but Lawrence intercepted the ball with 48 seconds left. The Bulldogs then ran out the clock with the help of a late hit penalty against the Stags.
Denis said that in his version, Cheverus held Lawrence running back Shaun Carroll, Jr., under 100 yards, but two other backs did well on the ground and the Bulldogs ended up with 192 yards rushing.
Gary Hawkins has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1980. His primary beats are baseball, boys basketball, girls and boys soccer and golf.