USATHSS Monday Football scrimmage schedule

(NEWS CENTER) - Teams get to start hitting each other for real...albeit under controlled circumstances, in scrimmages Monday! Here is the full schedule across the state. 

USATHSS Fifth Quarter 2012 Football Play of the Year

(NEWS CENTER) - So...NEWS CENTER got to a lot of games last year, so we had a tough time getting to 5 of the best plays in football last season. We know there may have been others, these are the ones that made our Top 5. Please take a second and click on this BOLD LINK to our USA TODAY High School Sports site and vote for your favorite.

Play 1 is Traip Academy Rangers running back Corey Aldecoa. He took on what seemed to be the entire Yarmouth defense for a spectacular 80 yard TD run.

Play 2 is Waterville Purple Panthers receiver Nick Danner. Danner caught a tipped ball thrown by Aidan Fitzgerald and raced 65 yards for a touchdown.

Play 3 is Lawrence Bulldogs returner Beau Grenier. Beau collected a bouncing, slick squib kickoff and raced 79 yards for the TD.

USA TODAY High School Sports page and more

(NEWS CENTER) - Well folks, the high school sports season is upon us and as usual, we at NEWS CENTER are ready to provide our fans with the best coverage in the state!

USATHSS Fifth Quarter 2012 Highlights Preview

(NEWS CENTER) - The USA TODAY High School Sports Fifth Quarter Season preview is coming up fast!

Mark your calendars and set your DVRs (because you are going to want to watch it more than once) for NEWS CENTER on Saturday August 31st at 7:30PM. The 2013 high school football season proves to be another fun one for players, cheerleaders, coaches, officials and fans of the game all around.

As always NEWS CENTER is poised to bring you loads of exciting high school football content. Our USA TODAY High School Sports site is new and improved and ready to be more interactive than ever. We also have a few tricks up our sleeve at NEWS CENTER...but you are going to have to wait for those items to be announced.

MPA Football Committee decides on championships

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Maine Principals' Association football committee met in Augusta today to finalize Championship plans for the new four class system which will begin with the 2013 football season.

As NEWS CENTER reported earlier, the proposal on the table was to hold one championship game at Morse Field, Alfond Stadium at The University of Maine in Orono on Friday night and three games at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland on Saturday. Those plans were approved by the committee Tuesday.

The 2013 Class B Championship will be held Friday night, November 22 at Morse Field. Classes A, C and D will take place Saturday November 23 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. The committee also finalized the plan to rotate the Class B, C and D games in Orono over three years and keep the Class A game in Portland.

Howland native has his day at the Sprint Cup

INDIANAPOLIS (NEWS CENTER) - After making it a routine to save lives in and out of his Marine service, the good deeds of a Howland native brought about some big rewards this weekend: as in the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard. 

Along with the historic link to the race, he dropped the green flag during qualifying, rode in the pace car, and met drivers, crew chiefs, and owners galore. 

He also got to kiss the bricks with the race winner, Indiana native Ryan Newman, who won the coveted checkered flag at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time in his career. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88 team suffered an early setback having to put just 13 laps in for a loose wheel.  The team, led by crew chief and Cornish native Steve Letarte, rallied to sixth place finish.