High school football in Maine has begun, and fans are super pumped about the games. One of the best topics of discussion among fans is the rankings of the teams.

Leavitt is the champ in Class B, and they’re likely to do great this season too. They’ve got lots of skilled players, such as Ethan Allen, who’s the quarterback, and Ethan Smith, who’s a running back.

Oxford Hills and Thornton Academy are also powerful teams in Class A. They’ve been really good in the past few years and are aiming high for the playoffs this season.

It’s going to be really cool to watch these teams play each other this season. High school football in Maine is a tough competition, and any of these teams could end up as the state champion.

update: 9-12-2023.

Top 25 Maine High School Football Rankings 2023

Check out the top 25 Maine high school football teams in the 2023 season! Lots of folks get thrilled when a new football season begins.The high school football season in Maine has begun, and we’ve just revealed the preseason rankings for the top 25 high school football teams .

Top 25  Maine High School Football Rankings 

SchoolOvr.    RatingStr.
1Leavitt (Turner)2-035.20-0.3
2Oxford Hills (South Paris)2-024.600.0
3Cheverus (Portland)2-08.40-10.4
4Portland2-06.20-18.4
5Windham2-05.20-17.4
6Oceanside (Rockland)2-04.90-7.9
7Thornton Academy (Saco)0-24.1015.4
8Foxcroft Academy (Dover-Foxcroft)2-03.30-30.8
9Bonny Eagle (Standish)2-02.70-24.2
10Sanford1-0-10.90-11.7
11Fryeburg1-10.108.1
12Cape Elizabeth0-2-0.7020.1
13Kennebunk2-0-1.60-18.6
14Cony (Augusta)1-1-1.80-9.8
15Wells1-1-1.80-20.9
16Freeport2-0-2.20-16.4
17York1-1-3.003.2
18Lewiston1-1-4.009.5
19South Portland1-1-5.40-3.0
20Messalonskee (Oakland)2-0-7.50-25.7
21Medomak Valley (Waldoboro)2-0-9.20-31.7
22Lawrence (Fairfield)1-1-13.90-22.5
23Skowhegan0-2-14.001.6
24Lisbon/St. Dominic (Lisbon Falls)1-1-14.00-24.8
25Hermon1-1-14.80-21.6

Maine Class A High School Football Rankings 

RecordRatingStrength 
Oxford Hills (South Paris)2-024.60
Portland2-06.20
Windham2-05.20
Thornton Academy (Saco)0-24.10
Bonny Eagle (Standish)2-02.70
Sanford1-0-10.90
Lewiston1-1-4.00
South Portland1-1-5.40
Scarborough0-2-18.00
Bangor1-1-20.50
Noble (Berwick)1-1-28.70
Edward Little (Auburn)0-2-40.90

Maine Class B High School Football Rankings 

SchoolRatingStrength
Kennebunk2-0-1.60
Cony (Augusta)1-1-1.80
Messalonskee (Oakland)2-0-7.50
Lawrence (Fairfield)1-1-13.90
Skowhegan0-2-14.00
Gorham0-2-17.50
Westbrook1-1-18.90
Massabesic (Waterboro)0-2-19.40
Deering (Portland)2-0-23.00
Falmouth0-2-24.30
Marshwood (South Berwick)1-1-24.50
Gardiner1-1-26.80
Biddeford0-2-30.90
Mt. Blue (Farmington)0-2-50.10

Maine Class C High School Football Rankings 

    SchoolRatingStrength
Leavitt (Turner)2-035.20
Cheverus (Portland)2-08.40
Oceanside (Rockland)2-04.90
Fryeburg1-10.10
Cape Elizabeth0-2-0.70
York1-1-3.00
Medomak Valley (Waldoboro)2-0-9.20
Hermon1-1-14.80
Nokomis (Newport)1-1-31.00
Hampden1-1-32.20
Brewer0-2-48.00

Maine Class D High School Football Rankings 

SchoolRatingStrength
Foxcroft Academy (Dover-Foxcroft)2-03.30
Wells1-1-1.80
Freeport2-0-2.20
Lisbon/St. Dominic (Lisbon Falls)1-1-14.00
Winthrop/Monmouth Academy/Hall-Dale (Winthrop)1-1-18.60
Bapst/Bangor Christian (Bangor)1-1-22.90
Winslow2-0-37.90
Poland1-1-38.10
Oak Hill (Sabattus)0-2-38.50
Belfast0-2-47.20
Maine Central Institute (Pittsfield)0-2-47.30
Madison/Carrabec/Valley (Madison)1-1-51.10
Old Town0-2-62.20

Do you know how these high school football rankings work?

The rankings take in a team’s win-loss record, the quality of opponents they have faced, and their overall performance during the season.

These rankings serve several purposes:

  • Polls and Rankings Committees: In many regions, rankings are determined by a panel of experts, coaches, and sports journalists who evaluate teams based on their performance, overall record, and other relevant factors. 
  • Win-Loss Records: A fundamental factor in high school football rankings is a team’s win-loss record. Teams with more wins and fewer losses tend to rank higher. The margin of victory may also be considered in some ranking systems.
  • Quality Wins: Wins against highly-ranked or traditionally strong teams are often given more weight than wins against weaker opponents. Beating a strong team can significantly boost a team’s ranking.
  • Scoring and Statistics: Some ranking systems also take into account offensive and defensive performance, including points scored and points allowed. 
  • Playoff and Championship Performance: In many cases, rankings may be adjusted based on a team’s performance in playoff rounds and whether they win a championship in their division or conference.
  • Coaches’ and Media Polls: Rankings can also be influenced by polls conducted by coaches or the media. 
  • Historical Performance: The track record of a team over the years can sometimes factor into their ranking. A team with a history of success may start with a higher ranking.
  • Local and Regional Variations: High school football rankings can vary by region, state, or governing body. Different organizations and areas may have their own unique ranking systems and criteria.

The final rankings typically come out at the end of the season after state championships have been determined. 

Source – maxpreps

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