Mount Desert Island High School’s Colby Lee, above, attempts to evade a Wells defender Saturday during the Class C state championship title game at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Despite 48 minutes of tough play, Wells defeated MDI 44-0. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Trojans fall to Warriors in state championship



PORTLAND — The Mount Desert Island High School football team may have lost the Class C state championship, but for its players, coaches, fans and the community, the entire season was a win.

Wells High School defeated the Trojans 44-0 Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium, but MDI’s inaugural appearance in the championship game was a victory in and of itself.

“We told the kids [Friday] before we came down here that the scoreboard would not be the most important thing on this field today, that it would be the players, and we believe that,” said Head Coach Mark Shields after the game.

The Warriors were a force to be reckoned with, as they held the Trojans to zero points throughout 48 minutes of play and scored eight touchdowns and a rare safety.

MDI had a promising start as the Trojans defense held Wells to zero points in the first quarter. Momentum picked up following a touchdown-saving interception by MDI’s Jimmy Carroll in the end zone at the end of the first quarter.

But the second quarter started off poorly for the Trojans, as the Warriors were able to move quickly down the field. Wells’ Evan Whitten ran in a touchdown and the extra-point kick was good.

MDI’s first offensive drive of the second quarter ended quickly, as the Wells offense forced the Trojans to turn over on downs.

It was another scoring drive for Wells on their second possession of the quarter with a touchdown run by Nolan Potter and a successful extra-point kick by Keegan Reidy.

MDI was again forced to turn the ball over on downs, but the Trojans defense was able to the do the same to Wells on its next offensive drive.

With just 29.5 seconds left in the half, MDI’s goal was to hold onto the ball, run out the clock and focus on getting a good start in the second half.

But it only takes a few seconds in football for plans to go awry. That’s just what happened when Wells’ Michael Wrigley picked off an Andrew Phelps pass and ran unhindered into the end zone.

Reidy scored his third extra point of the quarter, leaving MDI down by 21 points going into halftime.

Wells would continue to dominate in the second half.

With just two minutes into the third quarter, Whitten broke out of the formation for a 40-yard touchdown run followed by another Reidy extra point, and the Warriors led 28-0.

The Warriors earned even more points when their defense forced MDI to turn the ball over on downs as the Trojans were just yards away from the end zone.

As MDI’s Colby Lee prepared for a fourth-down punt from the 7-yard line, Wells’ defense pushed him into the end zone for a safety, putting them ahead 30-0.

Early into the fourth quarter, Brody Dempsey broke out for a 32-yard touchdown run, and Reidy again knocked in an extra point for a 37-0 score.

That put the game into running time, meaning the clock did not stop with the exception of timeouts and penalties, in accordance with Maine Principals Association rules.

The Warriors would score for the last time with 6:44 remaining when Nick Hansen ran in a 45-yard touchdown followed by an extra-point kick, making the final score 44-0.

MDI played with heart and determination throughout the game and did not relent even as the Warriors were racking up the score.

“We are disappointed with the score, the way it turned out,” said Shields. “We thought we could play with this team a little better. The reality is they are a big, fast, strong team, and they pushed us around a little today, and we had troubles with that.

“But once again, our kids never quit, and they played with heart all day, and they’ve done that all season, and I am very proud of them.”

The Trojans played smartly and to the best of their ability on Saturday afternoon but were simply outdone by the Wells program, which last won the Class C title in 2011.

MDI had 63 total offensive yards and three first downs, while Wells had 351.

MDI’s Graham Good rushed for 33 yards on nine carries, and Micah Hallett had three score-saving tackles.

Regardless of the score, the Trojans are proud of their accomplishments this season, including winning the Class C North title and making it to the Class C state championship for the first time in MDI High School history.

“I think they did an outstanding job. We are very, very proud to be here representing Class C North,” said MDI High School Athletic Director Bunky Dow. “A lot of people didn’t pick us to go this far, and it’s unfortunate that we may be remembered for this last game.

“But that shouldn’t take away from what the young men and the coaching staff did all year. They represented the community and the school with pride, and I am very, very proud.”

Updated on Nov. 21 at 1:37 p.m.

 

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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