Higher Bangor’s largest rivalry recreation is not going to occur this yr.
The Bangor Rams and Brewer Witches have met on the gridiron 110 instances in historical past, with Bangor main the all-time sequence 75-27, with eight ties. The Witches received final yr’s matchup, 35-6 in Bangor.
However the rivals must wait till at the least subsequent yr to play once more due to scheduling points associated to Brewer’s reclassification this offseason.
The Witches requested to maneuver from Class B to Class C within the Maine Principals’ Affiliation, which was accredited. Classification is often decided by enrollment measurement, however colleges can transfer up or down primarily based on competitiveness. Brewer went a mixed 4-12 during the last two common seasons.
With the Class A Rams now two courses aside from Brewer, the prospect of a rematch this yr diminished.
“It’s very uncommon for Class A and Class C groups to play one another,” Bangor Athletic Director Steven Vanidestine mentioned. “We’d actually like to play Brewer yearly, however the Class A Soccer Committee’s schedule didn’t have them on there.”
The Rams went a mixed 7-11 during the last two common seasons.
Maine soccer groups are yearly afforded one exhibition slot for conditions like these, however the Witches’ sole exhibition match had already been scheduled for a number of months.
On Aug. 26, Brewer shall be touring to Salem, Massachusetts, to play the one different highschool workforce within the U.S. with the mascot the “Witches.” Coincidentally, each Brewer and Salem have been coached by Maine Sports activities Corridor of Famer Ken Perrone. Perrone led every program to a number of state championships, between 1967 to 1994.
“We’re actually excited concerning the Salem recreation,” Brewer head coach Scott Flagg mentioned. “Lots of people shall be dissatisfied we aren’t taking part in Bangor; I used to be dissatisfied. The gamers actually sit up for it too.”
It’s the second time the annual rivalry recreation has been canceled in 4 years. The sport was additionally referred to as off in 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the mean time, it’s unclear if Bangor and Brewer will play one another subsequent yr.
“I can’t predict one thing that far forward,” Bangor head coach Dave Morris mentioned. “It’s all the time an excellent rivalry. We’re wanting ahead to taking part in them sooner or later.”
Vanedistine says an exhibition recreation will in all probability be to ensure that subsequent yr.