Over the last four years, no team has dominated the Pine Tree Conference Class B division like Brunswick. The Dragons have won-back-to-back league title, and played in the conference championship game in 2013. This season, Brunswick shows no sign of slowing down. With close to two dozen seniors on the roster, Brunswick is a rare blend of talent and experience.

With a strong group of upperclassmen in its own right, Skowhegan is one of the teams in the PTC B that can challenge the Dragons. Skowhegan gets its chance this week.

Brunswick is 4-0, winning each game by at least 34 points. While coming off its first loss of the season, Skowhegan is still one of the top offensive teams in the conference, and with the ability to score quickly, should be a tough test for the undefeated Dragons.

Here’s a look at the Brunswick-Skowhegan matchup.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Clark Field, Skowhegan

Skowhegan coach Matt Friedman on Brunswick: “Brunswick is the most fundamentally sound team we will play all season. They also probably have the most talent.”

Keys for Brunswick:

• Spread it around.

Apart from the occasional trick play, Brunswick doesn’t do anything fancy. The Dragons play strong, fundamental football, and utilize their depth. Unlike last season, when Fitzpatrick Trophy finalist Will Bessey was the primary ball carrier, this season the Dragons have a trio of backs that can make big plays. Skowhegan needs to be ready for Hunter Garrett, Jesse Devereaux, and Ben Palizay. Each is among the conference’s top rushers.

• Defend the pass.

Brunswick already has played Hampden and Cony, two teams that like Skowhegan can throw the ball. Not much Skowhegan does should surprise the Dragons.

• Another quick start.

A hallmark of Brunswick’s play in recent years is an early lead. That comes with being a good program, but it also puts doubt in an opponent’s mind, and that makes a comeback tough.

Keys for Skowhegan:

• Make the Dragons work.

Brunswick has scored at least 42 points in each game this season. Skowhegan can’t let this game become a shootout like last week’s 54-41 loss at Brewer. Brunswick is going to score. Skowhegan needs to make the Dragons grind out drives that eat clock and keep the score lower. With its passing game, Skowhegan can match Brunswick on the scoreboard for a while, but not all night.

• Clean up the mistakes.

A roughing the punter penalty early in the fourth quarter allowed Brewer to maintain the drive that led to the go ahead touchdown. Friedman said that, along with other mistakes, have to be eliminated.

“We could very easily be 4-0 right now, but we made too many mistakes against a very good Brewer team on the road. We feel good about our team, but we all know that we have more work to do to reach our season goals,” Friedman said.

• Stay confident.

Last season, Brunswick beat Skowhegan 56-35 in a wild midseason game. With a lot of players back, the Indians know they can score on the Dragons. If Skowhegan can get a few stops, or force a few turnovers, it can win the game.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

[email protected]

Twitter: @TLazarczykMTM


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