BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity football team put up a valiant fight against the undefeated and defending state champion Winslow High School on Friday, Sept. 18. But with a 35-20 loss, the Trojans fell to 2-1 on the season.
MDI Coach Mark Shields was pleased with the team’s effort and said their goal remains to solidify a play-off spot.
“The kids should be very proud of how they played,” he said. “We knew coming in that Winslow hasn’t been scored on all year. They put up 106 points the first two games of the season.”
The Trojan’s Croix Albee opened the scoring on their home ground with a 6-yard touchdown run. Drew Rich’s extra point attempt was good, and MDI led 7-0.
The Winslow Black Raiders responded with a 3-yard run, but the point attempt was blocked.
MDI’s Albee scored again, and Rich’s kick was good, so with 2:36 left in the first half, the Trojans were up 14-6.
Winslow tied the game at 14-14 at the end of the half.
“We knew it was going to be a challenge tonight,” added Shields. “We came out strong in the first half.”
The Black Raiders opened the second half with a 19-yard touchdown run. The extra point kick was good, and the team led 21-14.
In the final quarter, MDI’s Taner Bickford scored on a 7-yard run, but the extra point attempt was blocked. Winslow responded with a 3-yard run for a touchdown to seal the 35-20 win for Black Raiders.
“For us, it was to see where we stood and being able to play against Winslow, I think it proves that we can be competitive with anybody,” said Shields.
The MDI varsity football team’s focus remains on technique, improving on each position and team play.
“That’s our number one goal, to play as a team, and that’s what they did tonight,” he said. “If they can stick together as a team, they can have a good season this year.”
MDI is set to take on Hermon High School on Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in Hermon.