A Mount Desert Island High School running back shields the ball in the homecoming game against Oceanside High School on Friday, Oct. 16. The Trojans won the match 42-13 and will play against undefeated Old Town High School on Friday, Oct. 23. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Trojan football edges Mariners 42-13

BAR HARBOR — Amid shouts of “Let’s go, green!” and banners proclaiming “Green and gold never fold,” the Mount Desert Island High School varsity football team took down the Oceanside Mariners in a 42-13 homecoming victory on Friday, Oct. 16.

Oceanside won the coin toss and elected to receive.

Even though the Trojan team couldn’t keep its streak of scoring on the opening drive alive, after a scoreless first quarter, they recovered with a touchdown from Drew Rich. He snagged a punt return and ran it in from the 42-yard line in the second quarter.

Croix Albee’s 2-point conversion was good, and MDI led 8-0 with 11:48 left in the first half.

“We started off with a slow offense, and a turnover didn’t help,” said MDI Coach Mark Shields. “The punt return kind of got us rolling.”

Oceanside replied with a 49-yard touchdown play. The extra point kick was good, and with 6:18 remaining in the first half, the Trojan team still led 8-7.

MDI’s second touchdown came about two minutes later when Taner Bickford ran in from 46 yards out. Colby Lee ran in for the 2-point conversion, and MDI was up 16-7 with four minutes left in the first half.

Andrew Phelps’ 22-yard pass to Bickford led to another touchdown, and the team improved to 22-7 at the end of the half.

The second half also started strong for the Trojans when after six plays, Albee ran the ball in for a touchdown from 16 yards out. With an extra point kick from Rich, MDI led 29-7 with 9:48 left in the third quarter.

The Trojans scored again, on a 7-yard run from Lee. Rich’s extra point kick was good, taking the team’s score to 36-7 at the end of the third.

“I was really pleased with the way we came out in the third quarter, [we] had a good drive [and] played better defense,” said Shields.

The Mariner’s second score came after a 12-play drive in the fourth. With a little over five minutes left in the game, the Trojans still led 36-13.

MDI’s final touchdown came with a 5-yard run from Nick Soper, pushing the final score to 42-13.

“We knew that Oceanside was a really strong team. They’ve got some good athletes [and] they’re well coached,” said Shields. “It’s a big win for us, the one that we needed.”

The Trojans are now 6-1 on the season and will play against undefeated Old Town High School on Friday, Oct. 23. The winner of that game will finish second in Class C North and will have a bye in the first round of the playoffs.

“They [Old Town] have all kinds of athletes. They throw the ball long and have a good running back,” said Shields.

“They’re going to be hard to stop, so it’s a big week for us. We just have to keep getting better.”

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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