DOVER-FOXCROFT — Senior fullback Sandy Henggeler scored three times in a tough quarterfinal loss Saturday for Mount Desert Island High School football at Foxcroft Academy.
The Foxcroft Academy Ponies won the contest 35-20, a different balance than last week’s 43-6 blowout between the same two teams. The loss ended the season for MDI.
Both teams had lots of turnovers and the ball was switched out often on the rainy night. The Ponies had their first fumble recovery on the very first kickoff return. On the next play, they broke through the Trojan line to score. With a point-after kick, the score was 7-0.
MDI put together a string of great plays on their next drive, eating up the rest of the first quarter clock on carries by Jalique Keene, Colby Candage and Henggeler. Henggeler scored with a five-yard run. The point-after attempt failed, bringing the score to 7-6.
Foxcroft scored again in the final seconds of the first quarter following a long pass. The conversion was good, for a 14-6 Pony lead.
Trojan Xan Rush made sure to fall on the ball on the kickoff that followed to avoid any possibility of a loose ball. MDI drove from their own 5-yard line to the 40 before a fumble gave Foxcroft possession. The rest of the first half was a series of turnovers by both teams, with fumble recoveries for MDI by Henggeler and Evan Jeannotte. Quarterback Andrew Phelps made two pass attempts, but the Trojans were left stranded at midfield at the end of the half.
Trojan Chris Farnsworth recovered a Pony fumble on the first play of the second half, with help from a tackle by Jeannotte. Candage connected on a pass from Phelps, but the Foxcroft defense pushed back and the Ponies took over on downs at their own 42-yard line.
Candage and Henggeler had big tackles on the Foxcroft drive. They dropped the runner for a loss and put the Ponies in a third-and-17 situation. Foxcroft’s Hunter Smith broke through for a 33-yard touchdown run, increasing the Foxcroft lead to 27-6, then 28-6.
Determined not to give up, the Trojans began a fierce drive in the final minute of the third quarter. Jalique Keene rushed for 20 yards, Phelps passed to Henggeler for 16 yards, and Taner Bickford rushed for 18. That got them into position to score at the top of the fourth quarter. Henggeler punched it in, bringing the score to 28-12. The point-after attempt failed.
The Ponies answered immediately with a 68-yard kickoff-return touchdown. After the conversion, the score was 35-12. The next series for both sides were fruitless. MDI took possession for the last time with two minutes left in the game, determined to end on a high note. Phelps failed to connect on two more pass attempts, but Bickford got a first down with one minute left to play. Jalique Keene scampered for 60 yards with brother Isaiah running with him before being dragged down by a defender at the 1-yard line. Henggeler punched in the touchdown to bring the score to 35-18. The Trojans decided to go for two, and the conversion was good for a final score of 35-20.
“The kids really came to the front for sure,” head coach Mark Shields said. “We had talked all week about improving on our effort from the week before, and I was happy with that. They were really focused. They had a look in their eyes before the game, and I could just tell they were going to play well, and they did.”