October 28, 2013


Banged-up Maranacook ready for playoffs

By Bill Stewart bstewart@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

The Maranacook football team is heading back to the playoffs, but with a little adversity it hopes to overcome.


* Cony quarterback Ben Lucas completed 14 of 18 passes for 223 yards and six touchdowns in a 76-14 win over Gardiner.

* Cony wide receiver Jonathan Saban caught six passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns in a 76-14 win over Gardiner.

* Cony running back Charlie Hallak rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns in a 76-14 win over Gardiner.

* Winthrop/Monmouth running back Zach Glazier rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in a 35-14 win over Maranacook.

* Maranacook quarterback Kyle Morand rushed for 98 yards and threw a touchdown pass in a 35-14 loss to Winthrop/Monmouth.

* Oak Hill quarterback Parker Asselin completed 4 of 5 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in a 33-14 win over Lisbon.

* Oak Hill running back Alex Mace rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-14 win over Lisbon.

Starting guard Michael Antanavich broke a collarbone in the regular-season finale last weekend against Winthrop/Monmouth. Two other starters suffered concussion-like symptoms, leaving their availablity this week in doubt.

And with two losses in its last three games, the Black Bears aren’t exactly rolling into the postseason.

They aren’t exactly panicking either.

“We’re excited,” Maranacook coach Joe Emery said. “This is a great opportunity for us. We’ll be ready to go.”

No. 6 Maranacook (4-4) will play at No. 3 Lisbon (6-2) in a Western D Campbell Conference quarterfinal game Saturday. The Greyhounds won the regular-season meeting 24-6 on Oct. 12.

However, Lisbon will be a much different team Saturday as versatile senior Quincy Thompson is out with an elbow injury. Thompson is a threat in the running and passing attacks, and he handles the kicking duties as well.

“It will be a little different but Lisbon will still run the same formations,” Emery said. “We’ll prepare the same way, but he does take away a little what they like to do. However, we have our own issues we have to take care of, too.”

Antanavich, a junior, broke his hand earlier this season but continued to play with a cast on. The broken collarbone ends his season, and freshman Drew Davis will start in his place.

Starting wingback AJ Stevens and starting cornerback Isaiah Weston both are recovering from concussion-like symptoms and could be out Saturday.

Emery said he is hopeful Weston will be able to play.

“We’ll see,” he said. “Isaiah is a great open-field tackler and is a pretty tough kid. Hopefully, he can go.”

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Cony (6-2) earned the No. 2 seed in the Pine Tree Conference Class B playoffs and a bye into the semifinals.

Coach Robby Vachon said the extra week will allow a few players to recover from “minor bumps and bruises.”

Cony will play either No. 6 Hampden (5-3) or No. 3 Messalonskee (5-3) in the semifinals.

“We’ll lift, stretch and do some distance running,” he said. “We’ll break it down this week. We’ll go with the defense on Tuesday and the offense on Wednesday. Hopefully, we’ll have some film early Saturday and we’ll dig right into that.

“I guess it remains to be seen if the bye will help us on the field,” Vachon said. “We’ve never been in this position before. We’ll have a chance to get a little healthier, so that will be good.”

Brunswick (6-2) earned the top seed and also received a bye. It will play either No. 4 Mt. Blue (5-3) or No. 5 Skowhegan (4-4) in the semifinals.

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Winthrop/Monmouth (8-0) wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Western D Campbell Conference. The Ramblers, who last played for a state championship in 2008, will open the playoffs Friday night against No. 8 Telstar (2-6).

Coach Joel Stoneton said the Ramblers take great comfort knowing they’ll play all regional playoff games at their Maxwell Field home.

“We can keep to our routine,” Stoneton said. “We love being home. People will have to show up here and play a great game. We welcome the challenge.”

The Ramblers handled the Rebels 42-6 in the regular season.

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Kents Hill (1-5) will play a rare night game at Alfond Field on Saturday. The Huskies will host Tilton (1-5) in a game that was originally scheduled for Friday afternoon.

However, the teams agreed to move the game because many players were scheduled to take the SATs on Saturday morning.

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