BRUNSWICK — Ask Brunswick football coach Dan Cooper to single out an offensive lineman’s performance and he’ll just name all seven like a U.S. Marine drill instructor at roll call.

Cooper believes all his offensive lineman had a hand in No. 1 Brunswick ’s 40-0 victory over No. 4 Mt. Blue in a Class B North football semifinal on Friday night.

Brunswick will now face Brewer in the conference final.

At halftime, Brunswick’s offensive line was doing so well that the Dragons built a 26-0 lead at halftime.

“I hate to single out anybody’s name. I would like to say them all,” Cooper said. “They have been fantastic all year long.”

The Dragons’ O-line opened up large holes that allowed Will Bessey to score four touchdowns.


“When you score on the first play of the game, you could see a little bit of the air come out of right off the bat.,” Cooper said. “We just kept pouring it on. The defense played great and kept the pressure on them.”

Bessey, who scored on a 53-yard run on the first play of the game, had nothing but good things to say about Brunswick’s indomitable offensive line.

“Our line got it done tonight and made it easier for me,” Bessey said. “I just love those guys. My line, I believe, is best in the state and they are just awesome.”

Bessey did most of the backbreaking work of carrying the ball, which allowed the Dragons to ring up a total of 334 total yards on offense to Mt. Blue’s 101 yards.

Thomas Hanson scored on a keeper and threw 15-yard pass to Hunter Garett for a touchdown to round out the Dragons’ hefty scoring.

Mountain Valley coach Jim Aylward was also impressed with Brunswick’s Super Seven on offense.


“That’s awful good football team over there,” Aylward said. “We didn’t play well and they did. Will Bessey’s a terrific back. Any one of his linemen should get their name in the paper. They were terrific.”

“I thought they beat us up in the line tonight. Will runs through holes — a terrific back.”

Aylward said Brunswick has a “(darn) good offensive line. Somebody’s going to have to play good football to beat them.”

Next up is No. 3 Brewer for the feisty Dragons.

“We’re excited,” Cooper said. “You know, they beat us fair and square up there. The two best teams in the league should be playing for the conference championship so that is going to be a good game.”

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