Maine East season preview

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2014 schedule
Aug. 30 at Schurz 4 p.m.
Sept. 5 Amundsen 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Niles West 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 Maine South 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 Glenbrook North 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Niles North 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Highland Park 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 Deerfield 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 Maine West 7 p.m.

Best game on the schedule: Maine West at Maine East, 7 p.m. Oct. 24

The last game on the schedule is a rivalry game, and both homecoming and senior night for Maine East. The Blue Demons will try to avenge a 54-27 road loss to the Warriors in the final game of the 2013 season. Last year’s game was a shootout in which Maine East running back Christian Lopez scored three total touchdowns.

Best-case scenario: A winning season is possible if the Blue Demons stay healthy. Last year, starting quarterback Alex Corey missed six games and Lopez sat three games because of knee injuries during their senior seasons. Maine East has a 30-man roster and it can’t withstand too many players missing time. “I’m hoping the injury bug bit us hard enough last year that it doesn’t bite us this year, that we’re able to get through hopefully injury-free this year,” coach Gabe Corey said.

Best position group: Offensive line has traditionally been a weak spot for Maine East, but the Blue Demons have both size and skill in 2014. Senior left tackle Nick Pavlovic (6-foot-4, 325 pounds), senior right tackle Kyree Brammer (6-3, 350) and senior guard George Corey (6-1, 240) will anchor the offensive line. “Three legit, strong, powerful kids that we haven’t had,” Gabe Corey said. “We’ve had to manufacture and get angles and stuff on kids because we’ve had smaller offensive linemen.”

Best playmaker: Maine East plans to run a two-quarterback system this year with different read-option plays. Junior Woody Corey will play some quarterback, and he’s fit for the role: He’s the coach’s son and the brother of George and Alex; he’s fast and shifty; and his experience at running back the last two years will help him read defenses on the fly. “He knows a lot about football,” Pavlovic said. “It’s a really good thing to have him.”

Best teammate: Though the Blue Demons don’t designate captains, George Corey has emerged as the leader. Teammates follow his lead in the weight room, he pumps up players before games and he even submits strategy and depth chart ideas to his coach/dad. “He’s a big leader,” Woody Corey said. “He’s been on varsity since sophomore year. Third year on varsity, everyone looks up to him and knows he’s the one to go to if they need help or anything.”

Best season: The only time Maine East has made the postseason was in 1977 when the Al Eck-led Blue Demons lost their opener in the Class 5A playoffs to St. Laurence 35-0. Maine East finished the season 9-1.

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2013 record: 2-7 overall, 0-5 CSL North

2013 playoffs: Did not qualify

Head coach: Gabe Corey, entering sixth consecutive season (16th overall at school)

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