Brewer's Anthony Chiappone (right) and Jacob McCluskey (right) bring down Greely's Joey Casella at Doyle Field in Brewer in this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo. Credit: Ashley L. Conti


Bangor vs. Cheverus

Time, site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Deering HS, Portland

Records: No. 6 Bangor 1-7, No. 3 Cheverus 6-2

Game notes: The scene shifts to southern Maine as these teams meet for the second straight weekend, this time in a Class A North quarterfinal. Cheverus rolled to a 49-7 victory over Bangor at Cameron Stadium in the Queen City last Friday night. It was the Stags’ third straight win and fifth victory in its past six games. Bangor has now dropped six straight since its lone victory, a 14-0 decision over Windham in Week 2. Cheverus is 8-0 against Bangor since the statewide shift from three to four football classes in 2013, including postseason victories over the Rams in 2013 and 2014.

Brewer vs. Brunswick

Time, site: 7 p.m. Friday, Crimmins Field, Brunswick

Records: No. 6 Brewer 2-6, No. 3 Brunswick 5-3

Game notes: These teams are meeting for the second time in three weeks, with Brunswick a 14-0 winner in their Week 7 regular-season encounter. Both teams rely heavily on rushing offenses, with Brunswick boasting Class B North’s top two rushers in Cam Hathaway and Don Bromiley, while Brewer’s Andrew Kiley also is a top-five ground gainer in the Pine Tree Conference. Brunswick hopes to regain the services of junior running back Owen Richardson, who led the PTC in rushing last fall but has been sidelined since Week 1 this season with a broken collarbone. Brunswick has won six of the past eight meetings between these teams.

Belfast vs. Maine Central Institute

Time, site: 7 p.m. Friday, Alumni Field, Pittsfield

Records: No. 8 Belfast 2-6, No. 1 MCI 7-1

Game notes: Two-time defending state champion Maine Central Institute is the heavy favorite to extend its postseason winning streak to seven games against a Belfast team that edged out 2017 regional finalist Mount Desert Island for this year’s final Class C North playoff berth. These teams did not meet during the regular season, though MCI was a 52-14 winner when they squared off in 2017.

Oceanside vs. Hermon

Time, site: 7 p.m. Friday, Weatherbee Complex, Hampden

Records: No. 7 Oceanside 3-5, No. 2 Hermon 7-1

Game notes: While the seedings may suggest a one-sided Class C North quarterfinal, Hermon’s 23-22 victory over Oceanside at Rockland in last week’s regular-season finale suggests something different. Oceanside’s Zach Cody scored three touchdowns as the Mariners took a 22-15 lead into the fourth quarter before Hermon quarterback Garrett Trask ran for his second touchdown of the night and added the go-ahead two-point conversion with 2:53 left in the game. Hermon will be trying to avenge a 40-33 quarterfinal loss to the Mariners last year.

Medomak Valley vs. Nokomis

Time, site: 1 p.m. Saturday, Newport

Records: No. 5 Medomak Valley 4-4, No. 4 Nokomis 4-4

Game notes: This game matches two teams that found a home in Class C North in 2017 and have been on upward marches to program stability ever since then. Nokomis went 6-2 in its first year in “C” after dropping from Class B and reached the regional quarterfinals before dropping a 33-24 decision to eventual state champion MCI. The Warriors took another step forward this fall even but was unable to match its 2017 record against a top-tier schedule that included six playoff teams. Medomak Valley, in just its fourth year of varsity play and second season of postseason eligibility, fashioned its second straight .500 record and continues to show signs of steady growth. These teams have not yet met this season, though Nokomis defeated the Panthers 35-7 in 2017.

Mount View vs. Mattanawcook Academy

Time, site: 7 p.m. Friday, Curry Field, Lincoln

Records: No. 6 Mount View 4-4, No. 3 Mattanawcook 6-2

Game notes: Mount View will be challenged to slow a Mattanawcook offense that has averaged 40.6 points per game this fall, including a 43-13 victory over the Mustangs at Lincoln in Week 2. Alex Brown, Kris Milner, Deonte Duffy and Cayden Spencer-Thompson provide Mattanawcook a cadre of playmakers that has been limited to fewer than 20 points in a game only once in eight games. Mount View has lost two games after a four-game win streak to drop into the final Class D North playoff spot.

Washington Academy vs. Dexter

Time, site: 1 p.m. Saturday, Tiger Field, Dexter

Records: No. 5 Washington Acad. 4-4, No. 4 Dexter 5-3

Game notes: Dexter returns to the Class D North playoffs for the fourth consecutive year and fifth time in the past six seasons behind one of the better defenses in the division and a balanced offense that includes five players with at least four touchdowns apiece. Washington Academy edged Mount View of Thorndike 16-12 in Week 8 to move past both the Mustangs and Ellsworth-Sumner into fifth place for its first postseason berth since 2013. The Raiders feature 1,000-yard rusher Jaden Talbot. Dexter subdued WA 29-0 in Week 2 of the regular season.

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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...