2021 soccer wrapup: A number of Midcoast groups love deep playoff operates

Morse senior Gabe Aucoin (23) dives for a landing as Waterville defender Dawson Harrison hangs on to his ankles through the 8-person big North final previously this time at Drummond Discipline in Waterville. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Following a lost 2020 time that was confined to 7-on-7 flag soccer since of the pandemic, tackle soccer returned with a bang across the state this tumble. Large hits, unlikely results and Gold Balls up for grabs at the time yet again signaled the official return of the video game to the gridiron.

On the Midcoast, 3 teams — Mt. Ararat, Morse and Freeport — arrived oh-so-near to profitable condition or regional titles.

Mt. Ararat fell in the 8-male massive faculty South regional last to Cheverus, though Morse fell in a thrilling huge North title activity to Waterville. In Course D, Freeport took a challenging-fought reduction in opposition to Winthrop/Monmouth/Corridor-Dale in the condition semifinals.

“After a year of no deal with football, this year was a pleasure to observe unfold,” stated Morse head coach Jason Darling, whose team concluded No. 2 in 8-man big North. “It was an included emphasis on the fundamentals, blocking and tackling often gain games.”

Elsewhere on the Midcoast, Lisbon achieved the Class D playoffs but bowed out in the quarterfinals. Brunswick had its period appear to an abrupt stop as a final result of a hazing investigation. Although regulation enforcement did not file felony fees,  longtime head mentor Dan Cooper was let go just after 24 seasons with the system.

Waterville Significant College huge receiver Dawson Harrison (22) fumbles the ball following getting strike by Morse linebacker Gabe Aucoin throughout the eight-male substantial North last on Nov. 6 in Waterville. Michael G. Seamans/Early morning Sentinel

As particular person performances go, Morse senior Gabe Aucoin turned in a memorable slide. The strong working again rushed concluded with 1,616 yards and 18 touchdowns on 133 carries, great for 12.2 yards for each carry.

The Shipbuilders finished up staying one particular of the highest-scoring groups in the complete point out, ending with 374 details in 9 video games. Morse failed to score at least 42 points at the time this tumble — and that arrived in the significant North final, a 22-20 reduction to Waterville.

Morse quarterback Josh ter Mors who was a danger with his arms and legs. He threw for above 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns. He had just two interceptions. Bradley Creamer and Alex Maccio delivered holes up entrance and ended up shutdown tackles on defense. Ben Doughty was a pressure at fullback and the captain of the defense at linebacker.

Mt. Ararat/Hyde also appreciated a effective year. With only two losses, both to condition winner Cheverus, the Eagles picked up suitable where they remaining off from their 2019 championship season.

Mt. Ararat soccer coach Frank Accurate greets junior Shea Farrell as Farrell comes off the discipline for the duration of an eight-person significant South semifinal match towards Spruce Mountain. Photograph delivered by Jason Eggleston

“The progress of our team this year was a wonderful matter to watch,” mentioned Eagles head coach Frank Accurate. “It was definitely a disappointing ending, but we held our heads higher strolling off the area for a remaining time.”

Mt. Ararat/Hyde downed Spruce Mountain in a property playoff sport to established up a regional title sport with Cheverus. Legitimate called it “a huge instant for the program” to acquire a home playoff video game.

The Eagles ended up led by a group of standouts, like running backs Kaiden Getchell and Shea Farrell, lineman Eliot Douglass, linebacker Kyle Graffam, and quarterback/cornerback Mac Wilkins. Douglass, Farrell, Getchell, and Graffam ended up named to the Campbell Meeting all-convention team while Wilkins was an honorable mention.

Class D Midcoast groups turned out powerful seasons as effectively. Freeport located its groove late, successful a playoff game over Poland prior to slipping to the Ramblers. A young Lisbon team begun -3 and saw two video games canceled because of to COVID just before ending the standard season on a a few-video game successful streak. The Greyhounds fell in the Class D quarterfinals to rival Oak Hill, 20-19.

Winthrop’s Aidan Grant tackles Freeport’s Nick White throughout a Class D semifinal playoff sport in Winthrop on Nov. 13. Andree Kehn/Solar Journal

“It felt like 13 weekly seasons that had been one of a kind every single 7 days,” explained Freeport head coach Paul St. Pierre. “We entered the year with thoughts and devoid of a legitimate identification, but we answered all individuals questions as we grew as a result of the year.”

Freeport was led by the Casale twins, Danny and Tony, alongside with running backs Jordan Knighton and Nick White. Aidan Heath furnished consistency at quarterback though Cody Arsenault and Cam Desrosiers led the line on both of those sides of the ball.

Lisbon experienced a few players named to the Campbell Meeting all-meeting staff in Canaan Cameron, Cam Levasseur and Opportunity Versey.

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