BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School football team capped off a one-loss season with a 31-7 win over Old Town High School on Friday.
The win solidifies MDI’s position as the top seed in Class C heading into the playoffs for the first time in school history with a season record of 7-1.
Two MDI penalties in the first half could have been avoided to put potentially even more points on the board, but the Trojans scored on the majority of their possessions, propelling them to a victory.
“I am extremely proud of our kids [on Friday],” said Head Coach Mark Shields. “They knew what was at stake, and they seized the moment.”
It was a slow start for the Trojans, who struggled to get points on the board until 4:12 remained in the first quarter.
On the opening drive, the Trojans made it to the 5-yard line on second down, but a facemask penalty on MDI put them back to the 15-yard line.
Drew Rich was able to knock in a 24-yard field goal to put the Trojans up 3-0.
On the Coyotes’ second drive, Chris Farnsworth intercepted a pass by Old Town’s Hunter Brasslett.
The Trojans again had possession, but a holding penalty forced Rich to kick another field goal. It was the only kick of the game that Rich missed.
MDI got into the swing of things after Old Town was forced to punt, and the Trojans took over on their own 42-yard line.
Colby Lee was untouchable as he outpaced Coyote defenders for a 58-yard touchdown run on the first play of the drive.
Rich kicked the extra point, and the Trojans led 10-0 with 9:11 left in the half.
The Coyotes weren’t able to get anything going through the remainder of the half due to some unusual clock management and the decision not to use two remaining timeouts.
After the break, however, things heated up.
Just one minute into the second half, Lee busted out of formation for a 68-yard touchdown run. Another good extra-point kick by Lee brought the Trojans to a 17-0 lead over Old Town.
Old Town had a scoreless drive, and MDI took over once again, this time on their own 26-yard line.
MDI’s drive led to a touchdown by Farnsworth and an extra point by Rich, putting MDI ahead with a 24-0 lead.
The Trojans defense was unstoppable all night, shutting down the Coyotes’ drive once again.
The Trojans’ final score on the night came from a touchdown run by Graham Good and another Rich point-after, pushing up the score to 31-0.
Old Town had the final scoring drive of the night after Manuel Becklas ran it in for a touchdown, followed by an extra point by Brasslett for a final score of 31-7.
Lee had 12 carries for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Good had 12 carries for 106 yards and one touchdown, while Farnsworth had nine carries for 36 yards and one touchdown.
On defense, Farnsworth had seven tackles and one interception. Good had eight tackles, while Elijah Joyce and Gus Reeves each had five tackles.
“[The team has] worked tremendously hard from day one, and they earned the fruits of their labor [by] earning the No. 1 seed,” said Shields. “Now we begin out playoff run.”
With the top spot in the Big 10, the Trojans have a bye week this week and will host the winner of the No. 4 and No. 5 matchup on Friday, Nov. 4.