BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School junior varsity football team had a strong season with five games, Coach Tony DeMuro said last week.
“All in all, given how young we were, we had a really good season,” he said. “We lost our first two games to Belfast and Nokomis, but not by much, and they had a lot more people.”
There were two weeks between JV games in the middle of the season. With lots of hard work in practice during that time, DeMuro said he was blown away by their improvement when they took on Waterville. “It’s like what happens when you don’t see someone else’s kid for awhile,” and suddenly when you do they’re all grown up, he said.
DeMuro wasn’t sure he’d have enough players for the Waterville game, but it came together. The Panthers scored early on an MDI fumble, giving them a 6-0 lead, but the Trojans surged back for a 14-6 victory. It was their first win of the season and a big confidence boost.
“There was marked improvement,” DeMuro said. “As a coach, that’s really all I care about, that they’re listening, paying attention and getting better.”
Andrew Phelps and Chris Farnsworth played quarterback. With Drew Rich and Farnsworth at the ends, “we were able to pass the ball some, which was kind of fun,” he said.
The team included junior Nick Soper; sophomores Spencer Michaud, Spencer Kachmar, Chris Farnsworth, Jimmy Carroll, Xan Rush and Drew Rich and freshmen Andrew Phelps, Josiah Joy, Billy Kerley, Colby Lee, Croix Albee, Kristian Wehrfritz, Drake Janes, Nate Messmore, Parker Madeira, Jacob Ritter and Jacob Mitchell.