After playoff success last year, back to business for BAHS
Belfast — The following is a synopsis of the 2013 Belfast Area High School football team:
Coach/years coached current team: Chris Bartlett, fifth year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 4-4, No. 7 in Eastern Class B. The Lions upset No. 2 Leavitt of Turner 20-17 in the quarterfinals and fell to No. 6 Waterville 31-14 in the semifinals.
Roster: Seniors Zach Collier, Tyler Tran, Mike McFadden, Ashley Littlefield, Devin Richards, Brandon Ray, Greg Clark, Baxter Smith, Will Mossing, Noah Klewin, Mike Reynolds, Korey Doolan and Zach Herbig; juniors Tom Frost, Brandon Waterman, Tyler Laplante, Dan Bowen, Adam Powell, Kameron Culbertson, Josh Chase, Jared Vaughan, Matt Smith, Lucas Roberts and Austin Sprague; sophomores; Alex Canning, Drew Nealey, Emery Dinsmore, Lucien Gordley-Smith, Dillon Colby, Andrew Goguen, Rory Ambrose, Billy Pantoja, Randy Elwell, Craig Brown, Nathan Dutton, Devin Wright, Marlin Hansen, Bronson Stevens, Ben Warren, Brad Frost and Brandon Porter; and freshmen John Golgano, Tyler Stickney, Tristan Roberts, Nolan Woods, Tyler Macleod, Hayden Shelton, Derek Tyler, Caleb Hilt, Jacob Harford, Caleb Ackley, Edwin Johnson, Travis Tran, Simon Lacasse and Richard Priest.
Known graduation losses: Carl Dodge, Peter Kelley Travis Tufo, Will Coward and Wyatt Roberts.
Significant impact players: Collier, Clark, Tran, Doolan, Reynolds, Richards, McFadden, Baxter Smith, Matt Smith, Sprague and Chase.
Team strengths: Size and experience.
Team goals: To continue to get better every day and to improve throughout the season.
Top league opponents: Waterville, Mount Desert Island, Winslow and Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft.
Outlook: The Lions were the talk of Eastern Class B last season after knocking off Leavitt, one of the favorites to win the state title, in the quarterfinals.
This year, it is back to business, though the Lions now find themselves competing in Eastern Class C.
Collier is the team's signal caller for the third straight year and “really understands the system we have and executes it well,” said Bartlett, who added he has a wealth of talented sophomores, some of whom played in the playoffs last season, making them more experienced on the gridiron.
“We were pleased with our performance in the preseason scrimmage versus Waterville and practices have been going very well,” said Bartlett. “We expect the season to be challenging and exciting this year and are looking forward the challenge with a great group of guys.”