Trojans fall to Oceanside

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School football team fell to 1-6 on the season Friday after suffering a lopsided defeat against Oceanside.

The 38-6 loss on Homecoming night marked six straight defeats for MDI after the team beat Stearns/Schenck in blowout fashion to start the season. The Trojans gave up five first-half touchdowns in the loss.

Oceanside opened up a big lead in the first quarter, scoring three touchdowns and successfully converting the each of the ensuing 2-point attempts to take a 24-0 lead. The Trojans held the Mariners (4-3) off the scoreboard for the next 12 minutes of play, but the visitors scored two late touchdowns to extend the lead to 38-0 before the half.

MDI’s defense showed significant improvement after the break, holding Oceanside scoreless in the second half. With 5 minutes, 29 seconds left in the game, quarterback Baylor Landsman connected with Sam Mitchell for a 35-yard touchdown pass for the Trojans’ only points of the night.

Much of MDI’s offense came via the passing game as Landsman completed seven passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Mitchell (41 receiving yards), Hunter Gray (31 receiving yards) and William Hodgdon (24 receiving yards) had two receptions each, and Sam Keblinsky added an 11-yard reception.

MDI will close out the season when it hosts Belfast (4-3) for Senior Night at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Should the Trojans beat the Lions and Medomak Valley and Waterville lose their respective home games against Oceanside and Winslow (6-1), the eighth and final playoff spot would be decided by a matter of percentage points.

“It would be a math thing,” MDI head coach Mark Arnold said. “We are just focused on getting a win this week. There is still a possibility [that we can make the playoffs].”

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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