Mount Desert Island High School varsity football team’s Andrew Phelps considers his options at the home game against John Bapst on Friday, Oct. 2. MDI won the game 51-12. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Trojans vanquish Crusaders

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity football team defeated John Bapst 51-12 in a home game on Friday, Oct. 2, and improved to 4-1 on the season.

“I was proud of how the kids played,” MDI Coach Mark Shields said after the game. “They are really playing as a team, and it’s showing on the scoreboard.”

The Crusaders won the toss and elected to defer, giving the ball to the Trojans from the start. MDI senior running back Taner Bickford ran in from the 52 yard line on the Trojan’s first possession and scored a touchdown. Croix Albee’s 2-point conversion was good, and the team led 8-0 with less than five minutes gone in the first quarter.

The Trojans have scored on their opening drive in all five games of this season, which Shields said has been crucial for the team. “It’s really important for us to come out early.”

Bickford scored four more touchdowns for the Trojans to build a 36-0 lead by halftime.

The Crusaders opened the second half with a 37-yard run for a score. The extra point conversion was no good, and MDI led 36-6 with 10:06 left in the third quarter.

The Trojans added points with a 60-yard touchdown from Billy Kerley and another touchdown by Bickford, putting the final score at 51-12.

“We played solid defense, and overall it was a really good team win for us,” added Shields. “We just have to keep it going.”

The Trojans next take on Madison High School on Friday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in Madison.

“They [Madison] are a fast athletic team, and it’s going to be a tough battle down there,” the coach said of the upcoming game. “We’re going to need a great week of practice.”


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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