Lobster Bowl will be the last time 2 football stars will be on the pitch together

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Thomas Horton and Max Clark will benefit from a valuable update on Saturday.

Horton and Clark will be opponents for the last time at the 31st annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic football game at Don Roux Field in Lewiston on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Thereafter, the two would continue their football careers in the Bangor area. Former Bonny Eagle High of Standish two-way lineman Horton will play for the University of Maine Division I, and Bangor Clark quarterback will play for his father, Nat, who is a head coach of Division III of Husson University.

They will report back to their college teams shortly after the Lobster Bowl game, which pits last season’s seniors from West to East. The West holds a 20-10 advantage.

The teams trained this week at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft.

“It’s good to get back to the rhythm of things. It’s a really good starting point for what we have to come,” said Horton, who won the prestigious Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Award which is given to the top offensive and defensive linemen in the state.

Horton won it for his play on the offensive side of the line.

He should be a defensive lineman at UMaine.

“It’s going to be a good challenge. I’m going to play really big players on the offensive line,” said Horton, who weighs 265 pounds but will face a 280-310 pound offensive lineman.

“I’m starting at the bottom, but hopefully with hard work and learning from the best, I can improve a lot and hopefully progress one day,” added Horton.

Clark is thrilled to play for his dad.

“I’ve been around the program since he was there. It’s cool growing up around Husson football and now being able to put on the Husson uniform,” Clark said.

His father was a longtime assistant under Gabby Price before taking over from Price as head coach in 2019.

Horton and Clark have played against each other before, and Clark got the upper hand last season when he threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Howard with 49.5 seconds left to beat Horton and his Scots 37-30.

The two have immense respect for each other.

“Max is a great player. They played an awesome game that night,” Horton said.

“[Horton] is a guy you have to plan a match for. You need to make sure you have two guys near him. He works hard and he is a competitor. You don’t want to be near him when he leaves,” Clark said.

They will follow each other’s careers since Horton’s brother, Will, is an offensive lineman at Husson.

For now, the two are looking forward to the Lobster Bowl.

“It’s going to be fun to play in a game that everyone wants to experience,” Clark said. “I’m lucky to be able to play in the game and represent the East.”

Horton and Clark enjoyed getting to know former rivals, many of whom are now teammates, as well as players from other classes.

“It’s been pretty easy getting to know everyone,” said Clark, who led the Rams to a 7-3 season and their first Class A playoff berth since 2014.

The game has raised over $750,000 for Shriners Hospitals for Children over the years.

“It’s great to play for [this cause]”Clark said.

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