Game of the Week: Leavitt and Wells meet in showdown of unbeatens

Two undefeated Class C South soccer teams meet as Leavitt takes on Wells on Friday.

The Hornets (3-0), who ranked second in the state in Varsity Maine’s most recent poll, clinched a 53-21 win over Class A Lewiston at home last Saturday.

In that game, five Leavitt players – Noah Carpenter, Brett Coburn, Will Keach, Maddox Demers, and Keegan Reny – scored touchdowns.

Leavitt’s Brett Coburn (right) is tackled by Lewiston’s Farid Muhammed-Aceto during a football match in Turner on Saturday. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Wells coach Tim Roche said the Warriors’ game plan is focused on slowing down Leavitt’s many athletes.

“We know what they’re going to do and they know what we’re going to do,” Roche said. “We find ways to stop their athletes because they have a lot of them. They have some guys who are fast and athletic and we’re trying to find ways to stop them. … Carpenter played against us last year and is an outstanding athlete. They find out who their good athletes are and try to stop them. He is the real thing.”

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Last year, Leavitt defeated Wells 41-0 in the 2021 regular season and 46-12 in the Class C semifinals before losing to Cape Elizabeth in the regional finals.

The Warriors, who ranked ninth in this week’s Varsity Maine poll, are also up 3-0 this season with a win over the Capers on their resume. Wells has started slowly in each of their games but has come back to win each.

“It’s our resilience and our heart,” Roche said. “I love it. It’s hard to tell what’s going on with these kids and there’s just something special about them. Every game we’ve fallen behind early in the game and for whatever reason, they find it just figure it out. There weren’t any coaching adjustments, they just figure it out, and they’re good. I enjoy them. They get it.

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“But Leavitt is getting tough. We’ll see if we can figure them out and if not, we’ll move on.”

Roche points to Mike Lewinski and Griffin Brickett as some standout players but said it was a team effort for Wells this season.

Leavitt coach Mike Hathaway has similar things to say about the Hornets. Plenty of players have risen and made big plays this season, but the offensive line’s group performance has fueled Leavitt the most.

“The obvious player is Beau Mayo, who’s undoubtedly one of the best linemen,” Hathaway said. “He’s been great for us and has taken the lead and kind of taken command with Jace Negley on that offensive line. The two on the right have given us a side to walk behind and they can both pull the other way.

“The leadership of these guys set the tone for the other guys. Mason Twitchell, Parker Gilbert, Logan Levesque, these guys have all been in the program a long time and they know what’s going on and now they’re picking up the little things.

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Leavitt has run and thrown well past that offensive line at 48.3 points per game. Before defeating Class A Lewiston, the Hornets earned a 50-0 win over York, who have since defeated Class B Biddeford and Westbrook, and decisively defeated Class B Portland 42-8 in Portland. The Hornets’ defense is giving up less than 10 points per game.

Wells averages 32.7 points and concedes 20.7 points in his victories over Westrook, Cape Elizabeth and Freeport.

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