Football road trip gives team a boost

OLD TOWN – At 5:08 p.m. on Friday evening, a white mini bus pulled out of Mount Desert Island High School. “Can we play some music?” called out one passenger from the back. The vehicle was soon filled with tunes.

“What’s with these seat belts?” asked another, struggling to make the two ends meet. “These buses are usually used for fourth graders,” replied driver Mary Ellen Martel with a laugh as the bus left school property and turned onto Eagle Lake Road.

The busload of passengers weren’t elementary school students but a group of MDI High Schoolers who were making the journey to Old Town to support the Trojan varsity football team in their final regular season game.

MDI often arranges for spectator buses for playoff games but not for regular season ones. But Harbor House Executive Director Ingrid Wilbur Kachmar, whose son is on the varsity football team, said she “knew this was an important game” for the Trojans.

A win against the Coyotes would have given them second place in the league and earned them a bye for the first round of the play-offs.

Kachmar arranged for two buses to drive to Old Town High School on Oct. 23, offering Trojan fans the ride for free.

More than two dozen fans took the opportunity to ride and go cheer for the home team.

As the bus hurried across the bridge from the island and into Trenton, the sky turned a fiery red, reflecting the excited mood among the fans.

Once the game got started at Old Town, there was no lack of support from the Trojan’s side of the bleachers. Shouts of “Go white” and “Get them MDI” continued even though the Trojans fell to the Coyotes after a tough battle.

Chilly winds picked up, mirroring the mood after the loss. A handful of passengers wrapped themselves in blankets as the bus made its journey back to the high school.

Martel, who is the children’s center director at the Harbor House, said she has known many of the boys on the varsity football team since they were in pre-school. “Even though we lost the game,” she said. “It was fun to see them play.”

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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