BAR HARBOR — For the third time in Mount Desert Island High School history, the football team has the Class C Northern Maine Championships in sight.
Since the team’s final game of the regular season on Oct. 22, in which the Trojans pummeled Old Town 37-7, the Trojans have been working on their physical and mental skills as they prepare to face 5-3 Oceanside High School at home on Friday in the semifinal game.
With a 7-1 regular season record, the Trojans are No. 1 in the Class C standings, allowing them to forgo playing in the preliminary round and allowing them to have the home field advantage this week.
“I think [the players] are excited for the opportunity for sure. It’s a really big game for the team and program overall,” said Head Coach Mark Shields. “They know what’s at stake, and if we can beat Oceanside, we get into the Northern Maine Championships.”
This is the second time the Trojans and the Mariners will meet this season.
In their last matchup, MDI snuck past Oceanside for a 14-12 win on Oct. 14.
The Trojans finished that game with 121 rushing yards on 36 carries. Andrew Phelps was 1-for-5 passing and had one touchdown.
Croix Albee and Chris Farnsworth topped the MDI rushers with 56 and 53 yards.
Over the past 10 days, the Trojans have been reviewing Oceanside’s game strategies to figure out their own game plan.
“We have watched the game tape on their most recent game. They [Oceanside] did add some new offensive plays since we played them, and that will be a focus of ours for sure, making sure the kids are ready for those as well as reinforcing the plays they have already been running,” said Shields.
One aspect of the game Shields has been focusing on in practice is the Trojans’ passing attack.
“One thing we did last week is we really worked on our pass game,” he said. “It’s something we feel we could definitely get better at. We spent probably half an hour each day just working on our passing game on those two days working on the field [last week].”
The boys also have been hitting the gym for weight training to increase their stamina and strength for the upcoming game and, if all goes as planned, a trip to the Class C finals.
The Trojans are doing their part to keep their season going, and now they are asking for the community to do their part.
“I would say as many people who can come out and support the team would be wonderful,” said Shields. “The more fans we have, the better to cheer on the Trojans.”
Kickoff for the MDI vs. Oceanside Class C semifinal game is at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4.
Grab your mittens and scarves; as of mid-week, the weather forecast calls for 10-20 mph winds and near-freezing nighttime temperatures.