Football

  • Mid-2021 emerges as last hope for high school football season

    Mid-2021 emerges as last hope for high school football season

    BAR HARBOR — The window is getting tight, but there’s hope yet for high school football to be played in Maine this sports season. Following the Maine Principals’ Association’s most recent Interscholastic Management Committee meeting Nov. 19, a mid-2021 campaign has emerged as the governing body’s tentative plan to offer the sport during the current

  • MDI beats Ellsworth in 6-on-6 football clashes

    MDI beats Ellsworth in 6-on-6 football clashes

    BAR HARBOR — All across America, high school football in 2020 has been in a constant state of flux. Few programs anywhere know that better than Mount Desert Island and Ellsworth Even before the world as we know it changed, the current year was set to be a new experience for both MDI and its

  • MDI opens 7-on-7 football season against Bucksport

    MDI opens 7-on-7 football season against Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — The first Hancock County battle of the 7-on-7 football season provided quite the contrast of experiences. When the Bucksport football team took the field for Friday night’s game at Bucksport High School, it was less than 24 hours removed from a win over Bangor in its fifth game of the season. The games

  • MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring 

    MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring 

    BAR HARBOR — At long last, the verdict is in.  High school sports will be offered in Maine this fall after the Maine Principals’ Association received approval from state agencies on a framework for a 2020 season, though not all activities have been cleared to return. Golf, cross-country, field hockey and soccer will be offered with

  • Lobster Bowl canceled

    Lobster Bowl canceled

    SACO — There will be no Shrine Lobster Bowl this year after officials announced late Tuesday night that they would be canceling this summer’s game.  The Lobster Bowl, which features the top senior football players from across the state, pits East against West in an all-star game of sorts played at Thornton Academy’s Hill Stadium. This

  • Making do with no new games to watch: Re-broadcast games, movies and more

    Making do with no new games to watch: Re-broadcast games, movies and more

    MOUNT DESERT — Tim Garrity has found two ways to enjoy watching sports this spring, when professional, college and school leagues are all mostly on hiatus.  The first is re-watching memorable contests of the past with a new generation who hasn’t seen them yet. The second is to start watching a whole new sport, so the games are new to you.  For Garrity, one big game

  • MPA Football Committee approves classification changes for 2020

    MPA Football Committee approves classification changes for 2020

    BAR HARBOR — Changes are coming to the Hancock County high school football scene in 2020 after Maine Principals’ Association Football Committee approved new classification changes Monday.  The new season will see 16 additional teams make the move from 11-man football to eight-man football. Ellsworth/Sumner was part of the new format last season, and the

  • MDI set to play eight-man in large-school class

    MDI set to play eight-man in large-school class

    By Steve Craig Portland Press Herald AUGUSTA — The Mount Desert Island football team appears set to have plenty of competition when it makes the switch to the eight-man code for the 2020 season. The number of Maine high schools playing eight-man football is likely to more than double this fall, continuing the transition from

  • MDI to switch to 8-man football

    MDI to switch to 8-man football

    BAR HARBOR — Eight-man football is coming to Mount Desert Island High School next fall because of a shortage of players for the traditional 11-man squad. MDI will join the 10 high schools in Maine that switched to the eight-man format this year. Athletic Director Bunky Dow told the high school board Monday night that

  • Football team falls to Belfast

    Football team falls to Belfast

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island football team’s 2019 season came to an end Friday night with a 28-18 loss to Belfast. Belfast (5-3) took a 6-0 lead over the Trojans midway through the first quarter on an 85-yard touchdown. Yet MDI fought back and kept the deficit to one score going into halftime