Bucksport Football Hopes to Use Strength to Lift State Title 

We’re less than two days away from State Championship Saturday in high school football. The afternoon game is the Class C contest between Bucksport and Yarmouth, the defending state champs.The Golden Bucks believe their strength and toughness will carry them to a state title.+++“It feels like another game to me. It feels like that for everyone else too.”The Bucksport Golden Bucks have been practicing on the football field at Maine Maritime Academy this week. That way, the team can get used to playing on an artificial surface like the one at Fitzpatrick Stadium. The Bucks say it will only help a defense that is allowing just eight points per game.Chris Powell – Bucksport Senior“It’s definitely different. Everything is a lot faster. It’s good to get on there and be prepared for the game down in Portland.”Shawn Smith – Bucksport Senior“Our defense is just incredible we’re all over the ball. Always in the backfield messing the plays up and were just all over the field hitting people.”Bucksport’s offense has been on a roll this season as well. Quarterback Mike Cummings has had no problems finding targets and he’s also a threat to take off on his own.Mike Cummings – Bucksport Senior“I think what’s going to be our Maine game plan is to power through the middle and then start kicking it to the outside a little bit. Maybe run some options but mostly were going to run straight up towards them.”The Golden Bucks embody the lifestyle of Bucksport. Like the people that work in a mill, these boys are tough.“We’re going to go out and hit them just like we have with every other team. We’re going to hit them and hopefully they feel what it’s like to be hit.”“A lot of them really like the game of football because their parents played here their grandparents played here and they like to play just as hard as anyone else they’ve played with.”With teams from the west winning four of the last six state titles in Class C, the Bucks are finding motivation in proving their doubters wrong even with a perfect record going into the state final.“Yeah it gets me a lot actually. It bugs me a lot that they think they are going to sweep the east. It’s in my head, the back of my head.”