We’re six weeks into the common season, and highschool soccer groups have actually equipped for the playoffs by now. The eight-player giant and small conferences end their common seasons this week, and lessons B, C and D end theirs subsequent week.
The clock is ticking for groups to tie up unfastened ends and ideal their schemes. Week 7 losses might rattle groups settling into their identities, and Week 7 wins might empower groups on the good time.
Primarily based on outcomes from the previous a number of weeks and a slew of different elements, listed below are my predictions for eight North video games occurring this Friday night time.
Edward Little at Bangor
Prediction: Bangor 28, Edward Little 14
Bangor is coming off a disappointing 55-20 loss to Cony, however ought to beat winless Edward Little Friday for its fourth win of the season. Bangor is at the moment in fourth place within the Class A North standings at 3-3, and wishes all of the wins it will probably get to carry onto that remaining playoff spot. A younger Rams crew managed to fend off Edward Little final 12 months 16-6, and now that they’re extra skilled, they need to beat the Pink Eddies by a wider margin.
Hermon at Hampden
Prediction: Hermon 28, Hampden 20
This sport might be nearer than in recent times — Hermon has been a Class C staple, whereas Hampden had solely 4 wins since 2017 coming into the season. Issues have modified, nonetheless, with each groups sitting at 3-3 and jostling for the third seed in Class C North. Hermon nonetheless will get the nod right here as a result of the Hawks have extra to lose and Hampden has been coping with accidents to some key gamers.
Messalonskee at Lawrence
Prediction: Messalonskee 30, Lawrence 26
Messalonskee has a 3-19 report in opposition to Lawrence over the previous 20 years, and has not crushed the Bulldogs in Fairfield. However these Eagles are completely different — they’ve an ideal 6-0 report, a brand new teaching workers, and a star-studded crew on each side of the ball. Lawrence has a 4-0 report in opposition to Class B North opposition and can push Messalonskee to its restrict, however the Eagles ought to nonetheless persevere. They’re on a roll, and have one thing to show.
Dexter/Piscataquis at Bucksport
Bucksport 46, Dexter/Piscataquis 28
Except for a loss to undefeated Orono in Week 4, the Golden Bucks are unbeaten and are exhibiting no indicators of slowing down. They’ve a dynamic offense averaging 43.7 factors per sport, which is powering Bucksport to a different nice season. Dexter was final 12 months’s No. 1 seed in eight-player small North, however has since regressed to 3-3, and possibly received’t be capable of upend 5-1 Bucksport.
Previous City at Madison/Carrabec
Prediction: Previous City 28, Madison/Carrabec 6
Each Previous City and Madison are but to win a sport this season, although Previous City has proven flashes of proficiency and has a way more interesting level differential (-123 in contrast with -207) by six weeks. The Coyotes have a stable line corps and highly effective backs to enhance it, and may be capable of get loads of first downs in opposition to Madison.
Nokomis at Brewer
Prediction: Nokomis 38, Brewer 12
Nokomis is coming off an empowering win over Hampden, and is rocking with its new wing-T offense. Sophomore Seth Bowden had three all-purpose touchdowns in opposition to the Broncos, and will go off in opposition to a winless Brewer crew. The Witches’ Ethan Leavitt and Hunter Merrithew are succesful playmakers, however Nokomis’ 3-3 report speaks for itself.
Gardiner at Skowhegan
Prediction: Gardiner 21, Skowhegan 12
Gardiner has been a pleasing shock in Class B North this season, pulling off wins over Falmouth and Edward Little en path to a 4-2 begin. Reigning state champion Skowhegan, in the meantime, has regressed to 1-5, failing to attain a single level till its Week 4 win over Mt. Blue 18-13. Skowhegan’s offense has since scored two touchdowns apiece in opposition to powerhouses Messalonskee and Lawrence, however most likely received’t be capable of overpower the upstart Tigers.
Mattanawcook/Lee at Orono
Prediction: Orono 57, Mattanawcook/Lee 12
Since catching hearth halfway by final season, Orono has been a bona fide juggernaut, averaging 51 factors per sport and compiling an 11-1 report. The Pink Riots have their eye on a gold ball, and 2-4 Mattanawcook/Lee most likely received’t be the crew that snaps their undefeated streak this season. Orono’s protection has been the most effective in eight-player small North this season, solely permitting 11.7 factors per sport.