LEWISTON – In one last nod to the year of 7 vs. 7, high school seniors gathered at Lewiston High School for the 2021 Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic.
The sound of an audible comes in many forms, but no matter the phrasing, calling an audible means making an adjustment to handle a circumstance beyond the team’s control.
“The biggest thing all year was just make the best out of what you got because it hasn’t been a lot for a while,” said Leavitt football head coach Mike Hathaway, who coached the Green Team at this year’s Lobster Bowl.
The 2020 Maine high school football season was one big audible, and as such, it was only fitting that this year’s Lobster Bowl followed suit.
“We really wanted to try and do something. We felt for the 2020 class and what they went through and we didn’t want to see that happen again. We wanted these kids to have something positive to look forward to and something positive to remember their senior year so it means a lot to everybody,” said Joe Hersom, Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl President.
There was no week of practice, no media day nor tackle football format, but at its core, this year’s 7 vs. 7 Lobster Bowl still brought together the state’s top seniors for a day of competition and camaraderie.
“Here today meeting all these new people, hanging out with these guys is just awesome,” said Dexter tight end Robbie Dorman.
“It’s all about the connections you make and just having fun,” said Hermon wide receiver Wyatt Gogan.
With an eight-team round-robin tournament, even more seniors than usual were invited to Lewiston for the event, and with greater numbers, the players alone raised over $16,000 in just three weeks to go towards Shriners Hospitals for Children.
“Normally, they would have about three months to raise that type of money. They did it in three weeks which is awesome effort on their part,” Hersom said.
So sometimes, you just call an audible, and although this year’s Lobster Bowl looked a little different, the impact was just as great on both the community and the memories of the Class of 2021.
“I’ve been looking forward to this since I was a freshman. I always knew that my goal was to play in the Lobster Bowl, one last chance and here I am and it’s awesome,” Dorman said.