ELLSWORTH — The Huskies of Maine Central Institute snapped a 14-14 tie with 21 points in the second half and dealt the Bucksport Golden Bucks their first loss of the season 35-20 on Friday in Pittsfield.
MCI got on the scoreboard first on a five-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Santiago, the leading rusher in the Little Ten Conference for the last two years.
Bucksport’s Jack Cyr answered quickly, taking the MCI kickoff 63 yards into the end zone to knot the score at 7-7.
While the Golden Bucks held Santiago in check the rest of the way, the Huskies got solid rushing efforts from several other players.
Willie Moss put MCI back on top with a 16-yard touchdown run in the first period.
But Bucksport marched 55 yards in nine plays with Cyr scoring on a one-yard plunge to knot the score at 14-14 going into halftime.
The Huskies took control in the second half on a two-yard touchdown run by Alex Bertrand, a two-yard touchdown pass from Greg Vigue to Mitchell Hallee and a five-yard run by Eric Hathaway.
The Golden Bucks added one more touchdown in the game’s final minute on a seven-yard pass from quarterback Matt Stewart to Asher Bowden.
The Golden Bucks managed just eight first downs and rushed for only 128 yards, 113 of them by Cyr on 15 carries.
Stewart completed 11 of 19 passes for 122 yards.
Leading the Bucksport defense were Alec Dyer with seven solo tackes and five assists, KP Hilaire with seven solo tackles and four assists and Bowden with six solo tackles, three assists and a sack.
Medomak Valley 33, Ellsworth 6
The Ellsworth Eagles shut out the Medomak Valley Panthers in the second half of their 33-6 Homecoming loss on Friday night at Ellsworth.
Ellsworth’s Michael York totaled 23 carries for 111 yards — the Eagles’ first-ever rusher to exceed 100 yards in a game.
But the Eagles could not make up for their first half performance, where they fumbled the ball on the opening kickoff and allowed five Panther touchdowns.
“We shot ourselves in the foot,” said Ellsworth coach Duane Crawford. “We turned the ball over in the first half, and then we got down.”
Medomak Valley entered halftime up 33-0. While the Panthers’ starters remained in the game for the second half, they did not score another point.
“We’re always having to come back from behind,” Crawford said. “Like last week, if we’d played how we did in the second half, it would have been a different game.”
Connor Petros scored Ellsworth’s only touchdown and had 16 carries for 81 yards.
On defense, York led the team with seven solo tackles and six assists. Damien Carter had seven solo tackles and three assists, and Wally Rumill contributed five solo tackles.
Winslow 49, MDI 8
The Trojans saw their record dip to 1-2 on Saturday in Bar Harbor as the Winslow Black Raiders romped to a 49-8 win.
The Winslow defense held MDI scoreless until the fourth period when Sandy Henggeler scored on a four-yard rush into the end zone and Colby Lee rushed for the two extra points.
Winslow’s Dylan Hapworth scored four times — on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Bobby Chenard and touchdown rushes of 50, 24 and nine yards.
Dylan Hutchinson scored on a 20-yard run, Chenard threw a 14-yard TD pass to Justin Martin and Nate St. Amand ran for a 26-yard touchdown.