Mount Desert Island High School’s Elijah Joyce led the Big 11 Conference in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in 2018 with 1,560 and 19, respectively. He was an All-Big 11 offensive and defensive first-teamer and Lobster Bowl selection along with fellow senior Gilbert Isaacs. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Joyce, Isaacs headed to Lobster Bowl

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School senior football players Gilbert Isaacs and Elijah Joyce were recently selected to play in the 30th annual Shrine Lobster Bowl, set for July 20 at Thornton Academy in Saco. Last year, MDI sent Croix Albee, Micah Hallett and Colby Lee to the game.

Trojan football also had its share of success on the gridiron in recent seasons, winning the Northern Maine championship in 2016 and finishing as regional runner-up in 2017. The team went 18-4 in that two-year span before finishing 3-5 in a loaded Class C North field this past season.

Much of that success has come thanks to the team’s prolific ground game and their size and strength in the trenches. Joyce (1,560 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns) and Isaacs (Big 11 Conference Co-Lineman of the Year), both of whom were offensive and defensive first-team All-Big 11 selections this year, were essential building blocks to those talented Trojan teams.

“They had outstanding seasons this year,” MDI head coach Mark Arnold said. “Elijah had almost twice as many yards as the next running back in the conference, and Gilbert has been a big part of our play on the offensive and defensive lines for years.”

Although sending five players to the event in just two years reflects well on the Trojans’ recent performances on the gridiron, Arnold said the Lobster Bowl is about much more than that.

“[Being nominated] speaks to much more than your abilities as a football player and I think that’s what makes these two young men such great choices to play in this game,” Arnold said. “This is about raising money for those hospitals and really making a difference in people’s lives, and Elijah and Gilbert are two people who are going to do that.”

Players must raise $500 for Shrine Hospitals prior to the game.

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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