ORONO – It can be tough to get out of the northern Maine bubble, especially when you have to practice in the bubble at UMaine to get out of the cold.
The Ponies of Foxcroft have been saddled with the task of unseating reigning champs Wells, a team that has won 28 straight games.
“I think the biggest thing is like I’ve been telling them all season long..Just focus on yourselves..Focus on getting better as a football team..As a foxcroft academy football team,” said head coach Danny White.
Foxcroft had the same task last year and got shutout 48-0 by the Warriors.
“I think we’re looking at it as a new game..Last year they had a pretty good team..We went down and got smacked around a little bit..But we like the way we match up this year,” said senior quarterback Matthew Spooner.
Fast forward to now and you’ll see a different team in Foxcroft.
“I do think we have a little bit more balance this year distribution wise..Both offensively and defensively,” said White.
A balanced attack led by seniors Spooner, Jeremy Richard and Elijah Bickford; but they know not much has changed on the opposite side of the ball.
“Just the belly play..it’s their main offense..they ran it for a lot of yards against us last year..we’re really keying on that,” said Richard.
Wells has the numbers to back up keeping things the same.
“Tyler [Bridge]’s rushed for 2,000..In the last couple of weeks I think Payton [Mackay]’s gone for 700 in like three weeks,” said head coach Tim Roche
To beat Wells Foxcroft might have to employ something unique in their playbook.
“I don’t know if it’s too extreme, but we got a couple of tricks up our sleeve..I think it should be interesting come Saturday,” said Spooner.
The kings of the north will have their hands full with the Warriors on Saturday.