The Messalonskee High School football team was justifiably excited after Friday’s 46-14 win over Cony. It was the Eagles first victory over Cony since the opening week of the 2012 season. Even with the lopsided score, created when Messalonskee pulled away in the second half, the Eagles feel they could have played better.

“I think we left a lot of points out there, to tell you the truth,” Messalonskee coach Brad Bishop said after the game.

Messalonskee led 20-14 at the half, but the lead could have been greater. In the final minute of the second quarter, Austin Pelletier had a 50-yard touchdown run nullified by a block in the back penalty. On the play following Pelletier’s run, the Eagles fumbled the ball back to Cony.

The Eagles lost another fumble in Cony territory early in the fourth quarter after a long punt return by Colby Dexter was erased on a penalty.

“We overcame some turnovers and penalties,” Bishop said. “We have a lot of room to improve.”

Despite the miscues, Messalonskee’s run-heavy offense has been dominant. The Eagles have 91 points in two games, second in the Pine Tree Conference Class B to Brunswick’s 101 points. Next up for 2-0 Messalonskee is a home game on Friday against 0-2 Hampden.

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Saturday was the third annual Heroes Day game at Oak Hill High School. Prior to the football game against Old Orchard Beach, Oak Hill honored military and first responders for their service. This season’s Heroes Day game fell one day before the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

“We’ve done a good job with this, I think. We want to thank the people who help us every day. We want to make it special for them. It’s big for us,” Oak Hill coach Stacen Doucette said.

The Raiders wore camouflage jerseys. As with previous Heroes Day games, the school accepted donations for Togus Veterans Hospital.

The three-time defending Class D state champions improved to 2-0 with Saturday’s 26-14 win over OOB. The Raiders have their bye week this week and will return to action Sept. 24 when they host Medomak Valley. A newcomer to the Campbell Conference, Medomak Valley played in the Little Ten Conference last season.

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Cony wide receiver James Hunt made his first varsity start on Friday night when the Rams hosted Messalonskee. Unfortunately, it will be the senior’s final start, too.

Hunt was injured when trying to make a catch late in the third quarter of the game. On Monday, Cony coach B.L. Lippert said Hunt suffered a concussion and his season is over.

Prior to the injury, Hunt had two catches for 23 yards, including an 18-yard catch that set up the Rams second touchdown of the night, late in the second quarter.

Cony travels to Brunswick on Friday to take on the two-time defending Pine Tree Conference Class B champion.

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Around the state: Two teams have already scored more than 100 points this season, in just two games, Winslow (115 points) and Brunswick (101 points)… Could Maine Central Institute’s biggest challenge in the Little Ten Conference come from Dexter? With this past weekend’s win over Houlton, the Tigers opened the season 2-0 for the first time since 1999… Friday’s win over Waterville improved Hermon to 2-0. The Hawks went winless in 2015. The two-game win streak is Hermon’s first win streak since the 2012 season, when the Hawks won three in a row playing down a class in the Little Ten as a fledgling program. Hermon will try to keep it going this week against Old Town… Cheverus’ 65-0 loss to Thornton Academy was the Stags most lopsided defeat since a 57-7 loss at Bonny Eagle in 2005.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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