MADISON — Last season, the Madison Area Memorial High School football team made the playoffs for the first time in almost 20 years. This year, the Bulldogs broke another long streak.

When Madison hosts Foxcroft Academy in the Big Ten Conference quarterfinals Saturday at 1 p.m. it will be the first home playoff game for the Bulldogs since 1995.

“It’s another right step forward for the program,” Madison head coach Scott Franzose said. “We’re excited about it.”

Madison (4-4) earned the home playoff game with a 64-24 win at Hermon on Friday. In Foxcroft (4-4), Madison has an opponent it defeated early in the season, as the Bulldogs beat the Ponies 33-12 on Sept. 11.

“It was a tough game,” Franzose said. “They’re a fundamentally sound team.”

A highlight of Friday’s win over Hermon was a milestone for Nick Morales. The junior running back went over 1,000 yards for the season, becoming the first Madison player to rush for more than 1,000 yards since Stephen Day in 2010.

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Three area football teams are in the playoffs but have a bye to their conference semifinals the weekend of Nov. 6-7.

Maine Central Institute (8-0) is the top seed in the Little Ten Conference playoffs for the second straight season. The Huskies will host the winner of this weekend’s game between No. 5 Dexter (3-5) and No. 4 Orono (4-4).

“We are going to ease into the week and then work hard towards the last part,” MCI head coach Tom Bertrand said about how his team will handle the bye week.

Skowhegan (7-1) earned the No. 2 seed in the Pine Tree Conference Class B playoffs. The Indians will host either No. 6 Lawrence (4-4) or No. 3 Brewer (7-1).

“We’re going to try to get healthy. We’ve got some guys that are pretty banged up. We’re just going to work on fundamentals and work on getting our timing back,” Skowhegan head coach Matt Friedman said.

Winslow (8-0) ended up the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Conference via a coin flip with Old Town (8-0). The Black Raiders will host either No. 6 Oceanside (4-4) or No. 3 Mt. Desert Island (6-2) in the semifinals.

In Saturday’s 35-0 win over rival Waterville, Winslow set a team record for points in the regular season with 406. The Black Raiders also had the fewest number of points allowed since surrendering 21 points in the 1981 regular season. That 1981 team had six shutouts in nine regular season games. This season, the Black Raiders had six shutouts in an eight-game regular season and haven’t given up a point since a second quarter touchdown to Madison on Sept. 26.

It’s next to impossible for Winslow to tie the school record for fewest points allowed in a season. In 1933, the Black Raiders were unscored upon in seven games.

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Mount View is making the second trip to the playoffs in school history. Like the first time the Mustangs made the playoffs — in 2011 — they’ll host a first-round game.

The Mustangs (6-2) are the third seed in the Little Ten Conference playoffs and will host No. 6 Houlton at 1 p.m. Saturday. This is the first playoff game Mount View will host at its school field. In 2011, the Mustangs played their home games at Larrabee Field in Knox.

With six wins, Mount View tied the 2011 team for most wins in a season. If the Mustangs beat Houlton on Saturday, they’ll move on to play at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln in the semifinals. Mount View beat Mattanawcook, 33-18, two weeks ago.

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Around the state: There are a couple teams making their first playoff appearances this season. In the Class D North Little Ten Conference, Houlton is in its second season at the varsity level. In the Class C South, Gray-New Gloucester is in for the first time. Oceanside made the playoffs as Rockland High School numerous time, but this season is the first since merging with Georges Valley and forming Oceanside in 2010… Six teams made it through the regular season undefeated: Portland, Yarmouth, Winslow, Old Town, MCI and Oak Hill. All are 8-0, with the exception of 7-0 Oak Hill. The two-time defending Class D state champion had a bye week in its schedule… By winning the coin toss with Winslow for the top seed in the Big Ten Conference playoffs, Old Town will be the top seed in the playoffs for the first time since 1982.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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Twitter: @TLazarczykMTM

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