The expression of controlling your own destiny didn’t hold true for a few teams in the Class C North football league. Two coin tosses took place to determine the seedings for playoffs. The Old Town Coyotes and the Winslow Black Raiders tossed the coin to determine first and second place, while the Foxcroft Academy Ponies and the Oceanside Mariners flipped for fifth and sixth place.
The coin toss took place last Saturday in Waterville, after the Black Raiders defeated Waterville’s Panthers. Winslow entered the game with a 7-0 record, leading the state in points. On average they scored 53 points per game and allowed the fewest number of points. The Black Raiders will be either the one or two seed in the Big Ten Conference playoffs. Old Town defeated Mt. Desert Island on Friday, and Winslow won at Waterville on Saturday. The top seed will be decided with a coin toss between Winslow and Old Town. The Black Raiders and Coyotes did not play each other this season, so all the tiebreakers would be even, with both teams finishing the regular season 8-0.
The coin toss fell in favor of Old Town. This seems unfair. If you look at Winslow, they have an undefeated record, are the defending state champions, are the number one scoring team in the state,and let the least amount of points be scored. For the fifth and sixth spot, it seemed to be more spot on because Foxcroft Academy had beaten Oceanside during a preseason scrimmage, which was why they didn’t meet during the regular season.
This week, the number one and two seeds have a bye, while Foxcroft plays Madison on Saturday at 1:00. They are predicted to win by 15 out of 17 people, while Oceanside takes on Mt. Desert Island at MDI. Foxcroft has settled into a grove and has consistently been putting the same starters on the field. This could be one of the factors that led them to a post season appearance. They have been playing inspired and with a vengeance.
Winslow has plenty of inspiration to use during the next couple of weeks. Being robbed of their number one seed is one of the factors that would inspire them to work harder to show that they are a major contender for states once again. They have appeared at states for the last 3 years, and they are seeking to extend the Raider reign over the Class C league.
I think that everyone is going to be looking at the postseason play and be surprised about what happens. This is high school football at its best.