2018 High School Football Preview: Off the Grid

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    H.S. football: Young QBs ready to take the next step

    Winthrop/Monmouth quarterback Keegan Choate faces pressure from Ellsworth linebacker Charlie Hughes during a Class D game at Maxwell Field in Winthrop last season. (Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal)TURNER — Winthrop/Monmouth/Hall-Dale coach Dave St. Hilaire could be describing another more famous New England quarterback when he reveals...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview: Team Capsules

    DIRIGO Coach: Jim Hersom (fifth year) Region: Class E Last year's record: 3-6, lost in D South quarterfinals. Returning athletes: Seniors — Alex Gorham (RB/LB), Jack Lavorgna (OL/DL),...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview: Hard-working Cougars set sights on playoffs

    Mt. Blue football Nate Quirion explains a formation to his players in Farmington during the preseason. (Tony Blasi/Sun Journal)FARMINGTON — Mt. Blue football coach...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview: Falcons have options

    Mountain Valley players meet with coaches near the end of a preseason practice. (Randy Whitehouse/Sun Journal)RUMFORD — Entering the 2018 season with a speedy,...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview: Ramblers taking reinforcements on the run

    Winthrop/Monmouth/Hall-Dale players go through a workout during a preseason practice. (Randy Whitehouse/Sun Journal)WINTHROP — Now entering its sixth season, the football partnership between Winthrop...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview: Physical Greyhounds looking to mix it up again

    Lisbon quarterback Lucas Francis takes a snap during Thursday's practice. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)LISBON — They started preseason practices at 7 a.m. on a small...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview: Red Eddies hope winning breeds more winning

    EL quarterback Leighton Girardin tosses the ball to one of his runningbacks during Friday's scrimmage at Walton Field in Auburn. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)AUBURN —...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview: Hornets hope season's grind pays off with different ending

    Leavitt linement practice blocking during a preseason practice. (Randy Whitehouse/Sun Journal)TURNER — The Leavitt Hornets readily acknowledge they don't want to re-live last season's...

    Class D South: Warriors should still dominate

    Rarely challenged along the way (only two of 11 wins were by less than 20 points), Wells rolled to the state title in its...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview Oak Hill growing stronger together

    Oak Hill quarterback Gavin Rawstron will play an important role in the Raider offense. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal) APOak Hill quarterback Gavin Rawstron will play an...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview: Vikings aiming for longer playoff stay

    Colton Carson drops back during and Oxford Hills practice in the preseason. (Randy Whitehouse/Sun Journal)PARIS — Oxford Hills isn't complaining about back-to-back playoff berths...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview: Lumberjacks counting on new additions

    HEBRON — While shutting out rival Kents Hill is always a welcome way to end a football season at Hebron Academy, the Lumberjacks probably...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview: Cougars down but eager to compete

    Dirigo players put in some work on the line during the preseason. (Randy Whitehouse/Sun Journal)Dirigo coach Jim Hersom isn't expecting the Cougars to lose...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview: New coaching, new attitude for Knights

    Poland players practice tackling during the preseason. (Randy Whitehouse/Sun Journal)POLAND — Things are louder and looser at Poland football practices this season under new...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview: Blue Devils ready to defend new turf

    Lewiston players participate in a drill during the preseason. (Randy Whitehouse/Sun Journal)LEWISTON — As Lewiston begins a new era on the new Don Roux...

    Class C South Preview: Hornets part of crowded race to top

    Leavitt returned to Class C South and returned to the top of the standings last season. Yet the Hornets didn't find the same playoff...

    Class B North Preview: Cougars looking to move up ranks

    Mt. Blue took a step back in the standings last year but looks to improve the long-term outlook starting this season under second-year coach...

    Class A North Preview: Eddies, Devils and Vikings hope to carry success through to...

    Collectively, the 2017 regular season was the best Edward Little, Lewiston and Oxford Hills have had since Class A North first assumed its current...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview: Class E gives Dirigo, other programs chance to rebuild

    Alex Gorham of Dirigo High School crosses the goal line to put the Cougars up 6-0 over Mountain Valley last season. Dirigo has dropped...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview: Rebels' ranks are thin, but marching forward

    Telstar Regional High School players work with tackling dummies during a preseason practice last year. (Sun Journal file photo)Telstar's 2018 season appeared in doubt...

    2018 H.S. Football Preview: Patriots hope to 'stay in the moment'

    Gray-New Gloucester Patriots players practice defending the run during preseason in Gray. (Randy Whitehouse/Sun Journal)GRAY — The slogan on the back of Gray-New Gloucester...

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