BAR HARBOR — This year’s Mount Desert Island High School football team is just like the Energizer bunny – it’s unstoppable.
The No. 1 Trojans will keep going onto the Northern Maine Championship after beating No. 4 Oceanside High School 20-6 last Friday at home in the semifinal game.
Despite a skillful passing game by the Mariners, the Trojans’ defense was able to hold the team to just one touchdown. Oceanside’s defense was unable to put the brakes on MDI.
MDI won the coin toss and opted to kick off to Oceanside.
This proved prescient, as just four minutes into the game, MDI’s Graham Good intercepted the ball and scored a touchdown after an eight-yard run.
The attempted two-point conversion was no good, but the Trojans were up 6-0 with 7:51 left in the first quarter.
Oceanside took over the ball for a long offensive drive, but MDI’s defensive line was able to hold the Mariners back.
It looked like Oceanside quarterback Brandon Debrowsky was going to land a pass right in the end zone, but the pass was incomplete.
With 2:21 left in the quarter, the Mariners attempted a field goal, but Titus Kaewthong’s kick was blocked by MDI.
The Mariners scored their only touchdown of the game in the final seconds of the first half when Gage Robinson ran the ball from five yards out.
The Trojans were able to block the extra-point attempt, and the teams were tied 6-6 at the half.
The third quarter proved to be a defensive battle with each team forcing the other to go three and out until the final seconds of the quarter.
With 29.8 seconds left in the third, Good scored his second touchdown of the night. Drew Rich’s extra point was no good, and MDI led 12-6 going into the fourth quarter.
Knowing that Oceanside was just one touchdown and an extra point away from leading the game must have motivated the Trojans to push ahead for the win in the final minutes of the game.
Colby Lee padded the victory with 1:32 remaining with a 53-yard touchdown run. He followed that up with a successful two-point conversion, giving the Trojans the 20-6 win.
MDI totaled 212 rushing yards and 38 passing yards.
The Trojan defense was able to hold Oceanside to 76 rushing yards. The Mariners’ powerful passing game led the team to 220 passing yards.
Good had 22 carries for 119 yards and one interception for a 32-yard touchdown run.
Lee had 13 carries for 71 yards and one touchdown, while Farnsworth had seven carries for 21 yards.
Rich received for five yards.
“I thought our kids played with a lot of heart versus Oceanside,” said Head Coach Mark Shields. “We did a nice job not turning over the ball and making Oceanside earn every yard they got.”
The last time the Trojans made it to the Big 10 championship was in 2008, but they were bested by Morse High School.
On Friday, MDI will face the only opponent that was able to top the Trojans: two-time defending state champions the No. 2 Winslow High School Black Raiders.
The Trojans fell to the Raiders back in September 40-20.
“We are very excited to be playing for the Northern Maine Championship Friday night,” Shields said. “They are the two-time defending state champions and will be a very tough opponent.”
MDI hosts Winslow on Friday night at 7 p.m. The high school fall musical “Tarzan” is performing the same time as the football game, so arrive early armed with cold weather gear.
School officials have instituted a plan for handling parking for the MDI High fall musical, as well as the football game on Friday. Both events are set to begin at 7 p.m. Workers will help direct people to the correct lots.
General parking for the game will not be allowed until 5 p.m. Players, event staff, media and sports boosters are asked to arrive by 4:45 p.m. Once the main lot is filled, spectator vehicles will be directed to the upper field parking lot. Game tickets will be sold as cars enter.
“Tarzan” event parking begins in the front lot by the gym beginning at 5:30 p.m. Theater doors open at 6 p.m.