All over the state of Maine, high school football teams a chance to tackle someone other than a teammate for the first time. Monday was controlled scrimmage day when teams worked on their offense and defense sets after the first week of practice.

Lawrence vs Brewer

The Brewer Witches and the Lawrence Bulldogs put a heavy emphasis on the running game when practicing in the controlled scrimmages against the opposing defenses on Monday.  Brewer worked Trey Wood and Garrett Ireland the majority of the snaps with plays up the middle and pitches to the outside.  Wood was able to break a few plays for significant yardage.  Tackling from both defenses was strong, as each side had difficulty at times moving the ball.  Lawrence and Brewer however did get flagged for multiple penalties, including a handful of off-sides calls on hard snap counts.

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Messalonskee vs Bangor

The Bangor Rams and Messalonskee Eagles scrimmaged at Cameron Stadium in Bangor. It is fair to say the defense is a little ahead of the offense for both teams.

The Rams, led by 2nd year coach Alan Mosca, are trying to open their offensive attack some with new quarterback, Gary Farnham.

The Eagles, under 3rd year coach Brad Bishop, feature that ground and pound game.

Bangor will be its Friday night exhibition game at Brewer before opening the season at Edward Little on September 2nd.

Messalonskee plays at Mt. Blue for its exhibition game Friday before beginning the season with a home game against Gardiner.

NOTE: Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket and 929theticket.com live coverage of high school football begins Friday, September 2nd at 7pm with Bangor at Edward Little and then Saturday, September 3rd at 1pm, it's Brewer at Nokomis.