FARMINGTON — Mt. Blue High School senior Makao Thompson looked at the chunks of wet turf spread across Caldwell Field. After playing Saturday night’s season finale against Skowhegan in steady, heavy rain, the field would need some work. That’s OK, Thompson said. Going out with a win was worth it.

“Going out with a win, going out on top, is sure going to make some memories for us,” Thompson, a Cougar captain, said.

Mt. Blue jumped out early, then held on late, taking a 20-14 win over Skowhegan. Mt. Blue’s season ends at 3-5. Skowhegan, now 5-3, moves onto host a Pine Tree Conference Class B playoff game.

The rainy conditions favored Mt. Blue’s run-heavy offense, and the Cougars never attempted a pass. Skowhegan’s air attack sputtered, however. Quarterback Garrett McSweeney, the conference leader in passing yards, threw for just 82 yards.

“These conditions were pretty crazy. When I almost intercepted that ball over there, it was like trying to catch a brick,” Thompson, who broke up two passes on Skowhegan’s final drive, said. “No one was going to catch or throw that ball tonight. It was ridiculous.”

“It was tough to throw, but the biggest issue we had was we didn’t come out to play in the beginning of the first quarter, and they did,” Skowhegan coach Matt Friedman said. “They hung two (touchdowns) on us right off the bat.”

The Cougars opened the game with a nine-play, 66-yard drive, kept alive when Thompson ran 15 yards on fourth and 3 at the Cougar 41. Nate Everett’s 25-yard touchdown run and Thompson’s conversion rush gave the Cougars an 8-0 lead.

Mt. Blue made it 14-0 on its next possession, when Liam Sullivan scored on a 5-yard run with 2:00 left in the first.

“We’re a run first team. This was our game,” Thompson, who ran for 75 yards, said.

Skowhegan finally got on the board with 8:46 left in the third quarter, when Jakob Murray scored on a 2-yard run.

The Cougars answered quickly, when Abram Meader broke off a 76-yard touchdown run for a 20-8 lead.

McSweeney scored on a 1-yard run with 4.1 seconds left in the third, pulling the Indians within a touchdown, but Skowhegan could get no closer.


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