Trojan football tames Coyotes



Quarterback Colby Candage of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity football team stays ahead of a defender Friday at the homecoming game against Old Town. MDI won the game 14-6. PHOTO COURTESY OF KELTON HALLETT

Quarterback Colby Candage of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity football team stays ahead of a defender Friday at the homecoming game against Old Town. MDI won the game 14-6.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KELTON HALLETT

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity football team improved to 3-3 on the season Friday with a 14-6 homecoming victory over the Old Town Coyotes.

Senior fullback Sandy Henggeler scored both of the Trojans’ touchdowns in the game.

MDI won the coin toss and elected to receive. Henggeler dove onto the ball at the kickoff return, giving the Trojans good field position for their opening drive. Jalique Keene, Henggeler, Taner Bickford and Colby Candage each carried, 5 yards here, 6 yards there, and ate up half the first quarter with five first downs. Henggeler put the Trojans on the board with a two-yard touchdown run. Candage kept the ball himself in the two-point conversion, which was good, for an 8-0 MDI lead.

Old Town had two pass attempts in their first possession. The first was complete for 11 yards. The second was incomplete. They punted after four plays. Tackles by Evan Jeannote and Brandon Davis slowed their progress. With 45 total tackles in the first six weeks of the season, Jeannotte stood at eighth in the league in defense.

The Trojans drove from their own 30-yard line inside the Old Town 5-yard line in a drive that took the rest of the first quarter.

The second quarter began with the Trojans in a fourth-and-goal situation. Henggeler punched in another touchdown on the first play. The conversion attempt failed. The score was 14-0.

The Coyotes picked up momentum on their next drive despite two more incomplete pass attempts. Isaiah Keene, Dylan Collin, Graham Good, Andrew Phelps, Candage, Henggeler, and Jeannotte put up a fight on defense. Old Town got into a third-and-nine predicament but decided to go for it. They connected on a 17-yard pass on that fourth-down play, putting them in striking distance of the goal. Coyote Braden Upshaw scored a six-yard touchdown run, bringing the score was 14-6. The point-after attempt was no good.

Henggeler picked up a first down on the next MDI possession before Old Town’s Dana Ouelette intercepted a pass. Isaiah Keene tackled him before he could get far, but Old Town took over. MDI got possession again before the end of the half but didn’t score.

The second half of the game was a scoreless defensive battle. Old Town had a 45-yard pickup on their first play, but Jeannotte sacked the runner. The Coyotes had a lucky break with a fumble recovery on a punt return that gave them two possessions in a row.

The MDI defense continued to perform well, especially a quarterback sack by Bickford on the final Old Town possession, but both teams racked up penalties, and neither could get traction.

“They made us a little nervous at the end there,” Coach Mark Shields said, “but they just kept playing hard. When you continue to play hard, you always give yourself an opportunity to win a football game. The guys have done that this year.”

MDI is set to host Foxcroft on Friday at 7 p.m. Recognition for seniors on the football, cross country, golf and cheering teams is planned.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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