Football finals: Therrien impressive, Winslow coaching consistency pays off, games draw good crowds

Oak Hill quarterback Dalton Therrien runs the ball up field past Maine Central Institute during their Class D football state final at Alfond Stadium in Orono Friday. Oak Hill won 34-21. (Ashley L. Conti/BDN)

Oak Hill quarterback Dalton Therrien runs the ball up field past Maine Central Institute during their Class D football state final at Alfond Stadium in Orono Friday. Oak Hill won 34-21. (Ashley L. Conti/BDN)

Hold that curtain a moment…before closing out the season, some observations on the high school football scene…

— In Class A, even when the (North, formally East) team is really from the South (Portland), the (South, formally West) finds a way to win the state title. Go back 30 years and the scorecard reads 28-2. Only Lawrence (2006) and Bangor (2001) own wins.

— I don’t have a vote but if I did…Oak Hill QB Dalton Therrien gets on that Fitzy semi-final list, at the very least!

— Winslow getting to four straight Championship Saturdays is even more impressive when you consider they played three different teams over those four years (Leavitt twice, Foxcroft, Yarmouth).

— I wonder what the Marshwood vs Brunswick game would have been like with a healthy Will Bessey?

— I couldn’t help but think about Camden Hills, Medomak Valley, Houlton and other relatively new football programs. Building a program and tradition take time. Sometimes, a lot of time.

— By the way, I keep hearing Presque Isle talking about football…join the fun guys!

— What if…Yarmouth had beaten Winslow? Two consecutive years of winning soccer and football state titles!

— State winners and their enrollments within their class…Class A Thornton Academy wins title with the most students (1,422). Class B Marshwood wins title with 8th most students (739). Class C Winslow wins title with tied-17th most students (464). Class D Oak Hill wins title with 7th most students(433).

—  Like most any of the high school sports, consistency in coaching staff proves invaluable. Case in point, the last 46 years of football in Winslow, two head coaches, the late Harold “Tank” Violette and Mike Siviski.

— In this pass-happy world of football Marshwood QB Cole McDaniel had one complete pass!

— Still thinking about this…all four  title teams are repeat state champions!

—  I think the MPA is very happy with this fall sports season…great crowds for soccer and football championship days.

— OK, let the Fitzpatrick Trophy Award talk begin. (I can’t believe you-know-who-didn’t-make-the-list!)

Now we can drop the curtain on football…ready for winter sports?