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Belfast jayvees enjoy three-game learning experience

Victory over Orono highlights Lions' subvarsity season
By Staff | Nov 27, 2019

Belfast — The Belfast Area High School junior varsity football team logged valuable minutes on the gridiron this season, and, in the process, gained valuable experience for the coming years on the varsity field.

Led by coach Brian Goff, the Lions played three games on the season and came away with a 2-1 record.

“It was a goal of mine to get enough kids to come out this year so we could play a jayvee schedule,” he said. “Last year our numbers were so low we were not able to field a jayvee team.”

Team members included Jackson Lapierre, Drake Webster, Jakob Staples, Zach Riley, Ryan Kirby, Stephen Boyle, Madison Resh, Levi Woods, Gabe Kelley, Dan Jewell, Gavynn Young, Frankie Martin, Keegan McGowan, Steven Friel, Conner Fournier, Quentin Roberts and Hunter Maresh.

Injuries at the varsity and junior varsity level factored into the short junior varsity season, but Goff said, “I was pleased to get the three games in, as this is where we develop our younger players.”

Belfast’s highlight win was a 38-16 win over Orono. The Red Riots were forced to cancel their varsity season due to lack of players, thus, the Lions’ win over the Red Riots was, for all intents and purposes, Orono’s varsity team.

In that game, McGowan threw two touchdowns and rushed for another, with his two TD strikes going to Maresh. Roberts also had a 90-yard touchdown rush, while Young had an interception, one of three on the season.

Goff said while “each and every jayvee player showed marked improvement throughout the course of the year,” Woods, Kelley, Lapierre and Martin were standouts on the team’s season.

“Getting three jayvee games in this year was a start,” he said. “Next season the goal is to play an entire jayvee schedule.”

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