OLD TOWN — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity football team started strong and put up a valiant fight, but were beaten by the Old Town Coyotes under the lights Friday by a score of 31-8. The Class C third-ranked Trojans ended their regular season at 6-2.
“It’s disappointing to lose, but that’s a part of it,” said MDI Coach Mark Shields after the game. “We’ve been on the winning side, and tonight we got outplayed, no doubt about it. The good news is we now start the playoffs, and we’re excited to get ready for that.”
The Coyotes won the coin toss on their home ground and elected to receive. After a scoreless first quarter, Old Town notched its first touchdown, resulting from a Trojan fumble and the Coyotes getting the ball at MDI’s 10-yard line.
The two-point conversion was good, and Old Town led 8-0 with 10:07 remaining in the first half.
The Trojans replied with a touchdown about a minute later when Croix Albee ran in from four yards out. He rumbled in for a two-point conversion, and with 8:49 minutes left in the half, the teams were tied at 8-8.
Old Town scored on its final three possessions of the second quarter to take a 24-8 halftime lead.
“Old Town played better than we did across the board, and they deserved the victory,” said Shields. “They were a good team coming in. They’ve had an undefeated season.”
Old Town’s final touchdown came from T.J. Crawford in the fourth quarter on a 24-yard run. The point-after attempt was good, taking the final score to 31-8.
MDI’s Taner Bickford had 17 carries on 149 yards, but the team could not come back from three unrecovered fumbles.
“Our kids played hard all night long, [but] three turnovers hurt us overall,” said Coach Shields.
The MDI team finished as the third seed and is set to host Oceanside High School in a playoff game on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.
When MDI played Oceanside on Oct. 16, the Trojans won 42-13.