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Dirigo Middle School football recap
DIXFIELD -- Throughout the years, it has been well-documented that continued success of high school athletic teams can be related to the type of feeder system available.
These types of programs are extremely important because it provides younger student-athletes with an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of their respective sport.
In the River Valley, the final step on the path leading up to playing high school is a stop at a middle school. At Dirigo, that means the TW Kelly Middle School, which fielded a team this year, included 14 eighth graders and seven seventh graders.
The season began in mid-August and concluded on October 22 with a round robin tournament at Griffin Field in Livermore Falls. Along the way, there was plenty of excitement with the team finishing second in the Central Maine League and second in CML end of the season round robin. The setbacks were against AYS/Spruce Mountain, one in regular season and in the playoff championship.
Steve Arsenault was the head coach and Jamie Robinson served as assistant.
The offense was led by quarterback Riley Robinson, running backs Gavin Arsenault, Mike Casey, Clay Swett, Bryce Whittemore and Hunter White. The trio of ends were Spencer Vaughan, Barry Campbell and Kyle Swett.
“Excellent team effort,” coaches remarked. “They were very athletic and there was great leadership from the eighth graders. We saw a great deal of improvement.”
The offensive line had plenty of depth with JR Merrill, Lucas McDonald, Bennett Dorion, Issac White, Mike Cole, Tucker Chute, Alex Ferland, Justin Grignon, Garey Tibbetts, Sam Berry and Dexter Cooke. A highlight on offense was a 42-18 win over Mountain Valley.
The team had limited numbers, so it was routine to have players competing on both sides of the ball. The defensive line consisted of Cooke, Berry, McDonald, White, Merrill, Dorion, Chute, Tibbetts and Cole. Campbell and K Swett were the book ends.
Robinson, C Swett, Casey and Ferland were linebackers. Vaughan, White, Whittermore and Grignon played as cornerbacks, while Arsenault was the safety.
The defense also produced a highlight of the season with a 20-0 shutout win over Maranacook.