BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School football team was unstoppable last Friday night, defeating Hermon High School (2-2) 50-0.
The Trojans (3-1) made very few mistakes and played hard all the way until the end of the game despite a commanding lead.
A successful two-point conversion, a touchdown off a punt return, an interception and no turnovers helped propel the Trojans to the big win.
“I was happy the way we came out early and took care of business versus and up-and-coming Hermon team,” said Head Coach Mark Shields. “Our guys came out with a lot of intensity and set the tone early.”
The Hawks won the coin toss and elected to defer, and MDI took the ball on its 42-yard line.
MDI scored on its first possession of the game after Croix Albee ran the ball in from the 1-yard line.
The Trojans successfully completed a two-point conversion with Albee running in the ball after a throw from quarterback Andrew Phelps.
MDI stopped the Hawks from getting very far on their first possession of the game and forced them to turn the ball over on downs.
Albee scored his second touchdown of the night towards the end of the first quarter, and Drew Rich’s extra point kick was good.
After forcing a fourth-down punt by the Hawks, the Trojans took over on the 36-yard line, giving MDI good field position going into the second quarter. MDI led 15-0.
At the start of the second quarter, Albee was there again to score his third touchdown of the night. Rich’s kick, again, was good.
Hermon’s offensive drive was unsuccessful, and MDI forced the Hawks to punt. Rich caught the ball and ran a 61-yard punt return in for a touchdown. He topped off the score by kicking in an extra point.
With two minutes left in the half, Colby Lee rushed in for a touchdown. Another extra point by Rich had the Trojans up 36-0 going into the second half.
Maine Principal’s Association rules dictate that once a team is up by 35 points or more, the clock goes into running time, meaning the clock stops only for timeouts, injury, penalty and after scoring.
The second half went into running time, but the Trojans did not let up.
Three minutes into the half, MDI’s Gus Reeves picked off a pass from Hermon quarterback Connor Magliozi.
The turnover led to another scoring drive for the Trojans. Chance Closson ran the ball into the end zone for another six, with an extra-point kick by sophomore Jakob Gregory.
At 6:38 left in the game, the Trojans scored their final touchdown with a run by Gregory and extra point by Rich, giving the Trojans at 50-0 victory.
Albee had 13 carries for 103 yards, and Colby Lee had five carries for 46 yards. Closson had five carries for 26 yards.
The Trojans are now looking towards the second half of the season.
“Now our focus goes to John Bapst High School,” said Shields. “We will need to get better every day as a team as we move into the second half of our regular season.”
MDI next faces John Bapst Academy (0-4) on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at Husson University in Bangor.