SKOWHEGAN — Brunswick won Friday night’s Pine Tree Conference Class B showdown at Skowhegan’s Clark Field by 23 points, but even that lopsided score was a mirage.

When the Dragons starters were on the field against Skowhegan’s first team, Brunswick couldn’t be stopped.

Ahead by 37 points at the half, Brunswick rolled to a 65-42 win. The victory improved Brunswick — the two-time defending conference champion — to 5-0 and sets up a showdown with Brewer next week. Skowhegan is now 3-2 after starting the season with three consecutive victories.

The Dragons were dominant right from the first drive of the night. Brunswick scored on four of its first 12 plays. When Ben Palizay scored on a 6-yard run, Brunswick led 27-7 with 3:32 left in the first quarter.

The Dragons continued to roll in the second quarter. Palizay caught a 45-yard pass from Christian Jensen to push the lead to 43-14 with 5:34 left in the half. With 2:38 to play, Hunter Garrett’s 28-yard touchdown run gave the Dragons a 51-14 halftime lead.

Garrett, Palizay, and Jesse Devereaux each had more than 100 yards of offense in the first half. Devereaux finished with a 171 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Garrett added 174 yards rushing and three scores. Palizay also scored three touchdowns, gaining 139 yards (94 rushing, 45 receiving).

With running time, Skowhegan opened the second half with a 10-play scoring drive, culminating with Tyler Scott’s 34-yard touchdown pass from Garrett McSweeney. After that, both teams removed their starters, but when the Indians scored on a 76-yard catch by Darrione Brown from Marcus Christopher on the first play of the fourth, and added a 43-yard Christopher to Kobe Houghton touchdown pass 12 seconds later, Brunswick’s lead was 51-36, which brought the starters back out.

A pair of Devereaux touchdown runs, 18 and 23 yards, quickly reestablished Brunswick’s control of the game.

McSweeney threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score for Skowhegan.

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