High school football teams will be jockeying for playoff positions in the final games of the regular season this weekend.

Bangor Rams (1-6) vs. Oxford Hills-Buckfield Vikings (1-6), 7 p.m. Friday at South Paris: The winner will earn at least one additional week of play by securing a Class A North playoff berth and a quarterfinal at the loser of Friday’s game between Cheverus of Portland and Windham. The matchup also features two of the top rushers in Class A North in Bangor senior Dane Johnson and Oxford Hills senior Jake Spinhirn.

Brewer Witches (6-1) at Hampden Academy Broncos (2-5), 7 p.m. Friday: Brewer showed no signs of a letdown in last week’s 43-15 victory over Messalonskee of Oakland, but the Witches may need a win here and a loss by either Brunswick (vs. 0-7 Nokomis of Newport) or Skowhegan (vs. 5-2 Mt. Blue of Farmington) to secure a top-two finish and a first-round bye in Class B North. Hampden is coming off its high point of the season to date, a 29-28 win at Gardiner secured when Tommy Farrar hit Tyler Knights with an 18-yard touchdown pass with one second left and Jake Black recovered Billy Campbell’s fumble into the end zone to complete to go-ahead two-point conversion play.

Belfast Lions (3-4) vs. Oceanside Mariners (3-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Rockland: Some serious postseason implications come with this midcoast rivalry. The winner advances to the Class C North tourney and the loser is likely out, particularly if fifth-place Madison-Carrabec (3-4) wins its finale at 0-7 Hermon and 3-4 Foxcroft Academy — currently tied with Oceanside for the sixth and final playoff berth — wins at 1-6 John Bapst of Bangor.

Mattanawcook Academy Lynx (5-2) at Orono Red Riots (4-3), 7 p.m. Friday: Mattanawcook might be able to hold off Mount View of Thorndike — a team it lost to last week — for second place in the LTC Class D North with a victory at Orono based on comparative strength of schedules. Orono is positioned to finish fourth in the division among playoff-eligible teams with a win and earn a first-round home game.

Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...