Matt Boutwell of WEZR-FM and has seen a lot of things in his 10 years of broadcasting high school sports, but nothing like what transpired in Auburn last Friday night.

During the third quarter of a Class A North clash between Edward Little High School and Bangor at Walton Field, what appeared to be a teenage girl in a gorilla costume darted onto the field on a pass thrown by Rams quarterback Gary Farnham.

“I literally had never seen anything like that in my life,” Boutwell said. “That was definitely something.”

The play, shown here in a video clip provided courtesy of, occurred with the Red Eddies leading 18-0 in a game they would go on to win 18-6. It involved a long throw by Farnham down the right sideline intended for Alex Yakubu.

The girl in the gorilla costume went up for the ball, waving her arms in an apparent attempt to knock it down, although Yakubu had a shot to catch it in spite of being double-covered.

“Maybe she thought the ball was coming towards her and tried to catch it,” Boutwell said.

The fan in the gorilla costume was knocked down by an Edward Little defensive back, which knocked the head off the costumed interloper. The girl got up, apparently uninjured, and returned to the bleachers.

“She got crunched,” Boutwell said. “I’m glad nobody got hurt. That could’ve ended poorly.”

The incident resulted in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Edward Little, which gave Bangor a first down.

According to a report in the Sun Journal, the girl was ejected from the facility.

Following the play, as the officials attempted to sort things out, the players looked flabbergasted, trying to make sense of what happened before the game quickly resumed.

“I’m not sure if the players … you see that coming on the field. I don’t know how I’d react to that,” Boutwell said.

Even the broadcaster himself was left scratching his head, looking for a motive.

“I’m just trying to come up with something, was there a dare?” Boutwell said.

“It should’ve been happening on a Friday the 13th or Halloween,” Boutwell said. has a schedule of 39 video-streamed high school games of the week planned during 2016-2017. Their coverage continues Friday with Bonny Eagle at Scarborough and Thornton Academy of Saco at Cheverus of Portland on Saturday.

Boutwell will return to the airwaves in two weeks on WEZR for a Class A North matchup between contenders Portland and Windham at Windham.

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