October 14, 2013


By Travis Lazarczyk tlazarczyk@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

It's unofficially official. This will be Gary Parlin's final season as head football coach at Mt. Blue High School.


Messalonskee’s Jake Dexter scored on a 2-yard run in overtime to help the Eagles upset previously undefeated Brunswick, 21-14.

Messalonskee’s Corey McKenzie scored on a 55-yard run in a 21-14 win at Brunswick.

Skowhegan’s Kaleb Brown ran for 121 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 42-6 win at Brewer.

• Skowhegan’s Brett Gilbert returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown in the Indians win at Brewer.
• Mt. View’s Steven Davis scored four touchdowns, two rushing and two on punt returns in a 42-20 win at Ellsworth.

MCI’s Jonathan Santiago scored five touchdowns in a 47-7 wn at Washington Academy. Santiago had touchdown runs of 2, 36, 28 and 9 yards, and caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Greg Vigue.

Noah Kershner had 220 yards rushing for Nokomis is a 42-0 win at Camden Hills, and scored four touchdowns.

Kindle Bonsal scored two touchdowns for Mt. Blue in a 41-0 win over Gardiner.

Waterville’s Jordhan Levine had a 73-yard touchdown catch from Brian Bellows in a 50-20 win over Madison.

Justin Martin of Winslow caught a touchdown pass and returned an interception for a score in a 60-6 win over Hermon.

"I haven't put in my resignation or anything," Parlin said, "but that's the plan."

Earlier this season, Parlin told his team that this would be his last season. He plans on retiring from both coaching and teaching after this school year.

"I've been doing it for 35 years. I really think our program is in a strong position," Parlin said. "It's probably time."

After he earned his 100th career win, in Week 2 of the 2012 season, Parlin foreshadowed his retirement, saying at the time he planned on coaching three more seasons after the 2010 season was over.

This is Parlin's 21st season as the Cougars' head coach. Known for introducing the spread offense to Maine high school football in the 1990s, Parlin currently has 129 wins, two championship game appearances and one state title -- won last season when the Cougars were the only undefeated team in the state.

Parlin is second in career wins at Mt. Blue, behind his predecessor, Ray Caldwell. If he could just coach on Friday nights, he would continue, Parlin said, but part of the fun of the job is working with students all day in school, too.

"The best part of coaching is, I have interactions with these guys all day long," Parlin said.

The Cougars (3-3) play at Brewer on Friday.

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Messalonskee became the first team to beat Brunswick this season by playing strong defense. Entering the game, Brunswick averaged 47 points per game, but Messalonskee prevented the Dragons from reeling off big plays in the 21-14 overtime win.

"We did some things with our front prior to Brunswick snapping the ball, and I think it worked to confuse them a little," Messalonskee head coach Brad Bishop said.

Bishop said linebackers Dylan Bragg and Robert Schlosser played well.

"Our linebackers played a much better game," Bishop said. "They're seniors, but they don't have a lot of varsity experience."

Offensively, Messalonskee expected the play action pass would be an important part of the game plan. Once the game started, though, it was apparent the Eagles were winning the battle at the line of scrimmage. The Eagles ran for 260 yards.

"We really moved them off the ball," Bishop said. "We held the ball for long stretches of time."

Messalonskee (3-3) plays at Hampden (4-2) on Friday.

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Bonny Eagle beat Massabesic 47-14 and, with the win, Scots' coach Kevin Cooper joined his father Pete Cooper in the 100 win club.

A Lawrence High grad, Kevin played for his father, winning state titles in 1983 and 1984. Before coaching at Lawrence, Pete Cooper coached at Madison. Kevin led Bonny Eagle to Class A state titles in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008.

"I'm awful proud of him. He's done a great job down there," Pete Cooper said of his son. "He really built that program."

Kevin Cooper built the Bonny Eagle football program from scratch, making a school known for soccer into a football powerhouse.

"When he told me he was applying for the Bonny Eagles job, I thought he was crazy," Pete Cooper said.

Pete and Kevin Cooper join an exclusive club. As far as Pete could recall, the only other father-son coaching duo to win 100 games each are Lawrence "Doc" Hersom, who won three state titles at Edward Little in the 1970s, and John Hersom, who won the 2006 Class A title at Lawrence and also coached Messalonskee.

The Scots, now 6-0, take on Thornton (4-2) this week.

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