The MDI High School football team celebrates its 20-19 victory over the Madison Bulldogs. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Trojans beat undefeated team



BAR HARBOR — The Madison Area Memorial High School Bulldogs were thought to be an unbeatable team.

And they were – until they faced the Mount Desert Island High School Trojans.

The two-time defending Class C state champions fell to MDI 20-19 Friday night in what is being called one of the biggest wins in MDI football history.

MDI improved to 5-1 for the season and shot to the top spot in the Class C North standings, putting a dent in Madison’s previously unblemished season.

The night was an exciting and emotional one for both Trojans fans and players right through the riveting final minute of the game.

MDI was the first team to put points on the board when Chris Farnsworth ran it in for a touchdown with 8:03 left in the first quarter. MDI’s two-point conversion was a no-go, however, and the Trojans were up 6-0.

 MDI tight end Croix Albee barrels through two Madison Area High School defenders while protecting the ball. The Trojans beat the formerly undefeated Bulldogs 20-19 in a riveting homecoming game last Friday. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT


MDI tight end Croix Albee barrels through two Madison Area High School defenders while protecting the ball. The Trojans beat the formerly undefeated Bulldogs 20-19 in a riveting homecoming game last Friday.
PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Five minutes later, Madison answered with its own touchdown when Sean Whalen ran it in for a score, and Mitch Jarvais kicked an extra point for a 6-7 lead.

Early into the second quarter, Whalen ran it in for his second touchdown of the night. The extra point kick was no good, and the Bulldogs were up 13-6.

MDI fans could be forgiven for feeling less than hopeful after Madison’s Steven Ouellette recovered a Farnsworth fumble for a touchdown. Their two-point conversion attempt was no good, and the Bulldogs ended the half ahead 19-6.

Despite that 13-point deficit, the second half belonged to the Trojans.

The team held the Bulldogs to zero points while fighting their way to two touchdowns and two extra points.

“What I am most proud of is the fact that these guys came back from 6-19 after halftime,” Head Coach Mark Shields said after the game.

Shields admitted he was a little nervous following the Trojans’ first offensive drive of the second half, when the team went three and out.

“We could have tanked it then, but at halftime, the guys said they weren’t going to let it [a loss] happen, and they didn’t,” he said. “Our second drive of the second half is when we started to get it going.”

With 7:27 left in the third quarter, Farnsworth made a crucial interception that helped fuel the Trojans’ momentum, getting fans on their feet.

After a 13-yard drive got the Trojans to a first down, Farnsworth broke through the middle for a 32-yard run into the end zone.

Drew Rich’s extra point was good, leaving the Trojans just six points away from the Bulldogs with a score of 13-19.

It looked like the Bulldogs were headed for another score after Nick Morales ran a punt return for a first down at MDI’s 40-yard line.

Whalen then ran for an 18-yard pickup which got him to MDI’s 22. But a loose ball on the next play gave the Trojans another opportunity to turn the tides.

MDI recovered as the third quarter ended.

Momentum was on MDI’s side throughout the fourth.

Farnsworth made his third touchdown of the night with 9:52 left in the quarter. Rich’s kick soared through the goal posts, nudging MDI into the lead 20-19.

With 3:55 left in the game, Madison went three and out as the Trojan defense held them at first and goal.

MDI took over the ball on their 1-yard line, but the Madison defense held fast, forcing the Trojans to punt with 40.8 seconds remaining.

The MDI crowd held its collective breath as Whalen caught a pass for a 34-yard run to the Trojans’ 5-yard line.

Graham Good and other members of the MDI football team reacted with excitement and tears following their big win against Madison. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Graham Good and other members of the MDI football team reacted with excitement and tears following their big win against Madison. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

With just seconds remaining, Morales caught a pass but was tackled by a swarm of Trojans, running out the clock and giving the Trojans the 20-19 victory.

It was an exciting and emotional moment for the players who have been working hard all season to prepare for this game.

Some players were visibly emotional as they collapsed into their teammates’ arms.

It was a homecoming game for the record books, many longtime observers said.

Despite clinching first place in the Class C North standings, the Trojans aren’t losing focus.

“Now we get ready for Oceanside,” said Shields. “It’s really a race to the playoffs now, and this is going to be a tough game on the road.”

Taylor Bigler Mace

Taylor Bigler Mace

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Taylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. [email protected]
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